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Blog entry by tynewman posted 03-05-2020 02:16 AM 1489 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found my self finished with my dinning chairs and not sure what to start on next. So, did a few shop projects. Admittedly these are usually my least favorite things to do. I would rather spend My time and effort on building something beautiful that people will see. The functional shop stuff is so just doesn’t hold my attention. Now I know there are plenty of guys on this sight that put just as much effort into their shop cabinets and things and they are beautiful. You guys do some awesome tool cabinets, Im just not that guy. I sometimes wish I were, and I do need to build a nice workbench and a nice miter station with cabinets. What I have now are some pretty ugly shelves that collect dust.

What i need is miter station like mddharma built

And a workbench like this

Anyway, I reworked my dust collection a few weeks ago. New blast gates, aluminum, self cleaning, because the plastic ones I bought would clog with dust and not close all the way. I also vented the dc outside. When I turned the dc on after that my trash bin collapsed. (oops) So i swapped it for a 55 gallon water barrel. Very have with my airflow now.

Then, I built myself a disc sander using a treadmill meter I’ve had sitting around for year. literally cost me $0. Don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.

Its a nine inch because that’s what I’ve been running on my lathe, but I made it large enough to take a 12 inch disc.

Then, because ive decided there is no point in running 2 inch hose to any machine and converted all of my small tools to take 4 inch. My ridgid sander has 4 inch right to the built in port, with and auxiliary port running up top.

Does a better job, better air flow and greater area. I then ran 4 inch around to the new disc sander as well.

Now, over to the table saw. I had a 2 inch hose going to over the blade. Did a decent job but it was in the way. So I created a boom arm and dropped 4 inch down right on to top of the blade.

Then out of the way if Im not using it

From there I have 2 ways to get the dust. I pulled out the old heat gun and mounted a piece of pic to the guard that came with the saw.

I haven’t used it much yet, but works surprisingly well. next I made a simple holder that suspends the 4 inch hose just above the blade. Time will tell which one gets more use.

The over arm also covers my Router station, a bit more to the left and ready to go.

The router fence also has a 4 inch opening and I added some opening to the bottom of the fence to keep sawdust from piling up. Very happy with how that turned out.

Then because I was on a roll, I through a sweep together, just to make life easier.

Oh, and then a couple Carbide lathe tools

Well, I think that was everything. Thanks for taking a look and let me know what you think.

-- Ty

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#1 posted 03-05-2020 06:29 AM


How soon will you be available to get my shop in shape? ;-)

It’s so easy to get distracted by all the nice projects and just continue to “put up with” the less-than-ideal shop situation. It looks like you’ve turned yours into a very enjoyable shop environment.

I need to redo some of my dust collection which would probably shorten the clean-up process, but keep putting it off because of projects I want to make. I also need router bit storage for hundred of bits, but have put it off because I want to make another router table and incorporate storage for the bits. And besides that, I’m slower than molasses in January!

Thanks for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#2 posted 03-05-2020 02:08 PM

I have the same Ridgid Belt/ Drum sander and the factory dust collection is terrible. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, and now I have some ideas from your setup. Thanks!

-- Rich

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#3 posted 03-05-2020 06:33 PM

My original design looked something like this.

but because of tight space I did the other one where it comes in on an angle

-- Ty

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#4 posted 03-05-2020 10:22 PM

id rather be on projects myself but when something in my shop doesn’t function the way i like ive been known to stop in the middle of a project and fix it or create what i need or rearrange equipment to make the shop work the way i want,if i didn’t stuff would never get done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-06-2020 04:26 PM

Good selection of projects. Might not be the best looking but all functional and help to make the best looking projects later.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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