Dust collection and planner adapter

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Project by SethJChristian posted 09-13-2012 05:09 AM 9285 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a RIDGID 13” High Speed Thickness Planer a few years back. The planner has been more than awesome, other than the fact the chip output is ridiculous!! I am quite organized and a very clean person and prefer to work in a clean shop, and not to be swimming through 10 feet of planner chips and sawdust.

So once again I found myself searching through looking for a solution to this small problem.
I am a great fan of home built solutions to problems, and once again I have found tons of great Ideas to resolve this problem on! I started out like I always do, by taking notes and writing down ideas that I thought that could benefit my small work area.

I don’t have much room like some of those luxury shops I have seen on this site, so saving space is a must! I found that a lot of people where happy with the cyclone dust collector design, using an garbage can! So that’s exactly what I decided to do.

Materials used in this project:

- 3” PVC Pipe 4’ long
- 3” PVC joint elbow
- 3” aluminum foil ventilation hose and hose clamps
- 4×4’ 3/4” Piece of plywood
- piece of sheet metal (Scrap had laying around)
- 3/4” MDF (Scrap had laying around)
- walmart plastic Trash Can
- tube of silacon
- 1” x 8 screws

I first started out with making the dust separator with the the plywood and PVC piping I had. After I finished the dust collection bin, I moved onto the Planner adapter. I had to build one from scratch do to the fact when I bought my Planner two years ago It never came with one.

Out of this whole project the Adapter was the most challenging! My first attempt failed really bad! and my seconded attempt I fallowed a design I took from a fellow LJ. and sure enough it WORKED!

(This project was built back in August, 2012)

Hope everyone enjoys the photos I have posted, If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment!

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 05:23 AM

Look good, now well does it work, any chips in the vac?

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 05:36 AM

@AKAndrew, It works alright. I am not going to lie, the dust collector collects 3/4 of the chips and the rest come out of the front of the planner, A little annoying. BUT! If I move the collector over to a different piece of equipment like my router table witch is another big chip producer… It works 110% and “no chips land in the shop vac at all.” Over all I am very happy with the unit and it has saved me a ton of mess!

I give this dust separator design an (8 out of 10.)

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 08:00 AM

Great design. I also have a Rigid planer, but it is last years model and included the dust collection hook up. I have a system that Sears sells (I bought it used) that can be hooked up to all tools and includes it own bag (there is a 1 hp motor that runs it. Does a great job of sucking up nearly everything.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 09-13-2012 08:27 AM

Now that is thinking on the fly style work you have there.
Great use of materials on this to try and capture them mess that thing makes!.
I haven’t got a planer yet but I do know how the TS throws so if those are anything like this well… Great Job!!

I bet theres not many chips in the vac, but I don’t see the 45° elbow on the inside of the can where you added the PVC for the Planer lowering that side in the can further than the one in the middle.

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 08:49 AM

I’m a big fan of the home shop solutions too, I am always impressed by the imagination some of the guys on LJ produce.

Your solution to the problem you had is top notch and you have the benefit of breathing clean air as well as less sweep up time.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 09:09 AM

@ Jason, thanks for the comment. There is a 45° elbow on the inside of the can, (the photos I posted make it hard to see) Its about 3” longer than the center Vac line. Here are a few more photos that might help.

I hope these extra photos help.

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 03:50 PM

Seth, another great implementation of a home made dust collector. Well done. What are you using to pull the air and chips into the collector?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 04:35 PM

Yeah I see now you already had this in your pictures to begin with!!
Just disregard that statement I made earlier. Man I was tired when I wrote that and can’t see why I wrote that
The fourth pic showed me this and here I was explaining well trying too anyways.

Beginner what can you say

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 09:15 PM

Seth, I believe the problem with the dust chute only catching 75% is due to too many voids in the interior of the chute itself. I had simular problems with a planer I recently recieved and I ended up trashing the original design completely and came up with this. This is only a Prototype as I plan on making one from sheet metal.

-- John

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 11:17 PM

Awesome, I need to build or buy one of those cyclones too. Still using my Ridgid shopvac and for all but my table saw, it works extremely well.

I had an adapter issue as well… from 4” down to 2”, I use, now dont laugh, Gatorade bottles. The base fits snugly around the 4” port of my jointer, and cutting the top at right spot fits the 2” hose nicely. I use masking tape to hold it tight although I dont think I need it. Still, using a cheap plastic bottle to solve my adapter issue saved a few bucks and it works flawlessly.

What do you do with your saw dust? I’ve got a corner of my backyard that I dump my chips/dust into but that’s not gonna last.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#11 posted 10-13-2012 10:26 PM

sixstring – do you have a local wood recycler? It’s relatively inexpensive to get rid of. Where I live, the cost is $135/metric ton, sawdust doesn’t really weigh all that much.

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