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Old 03-11-2017, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lathe dust collection-part 2

I've never been one to leave well enough alone. So I reinvented my dust collection system and it's better. The new system is structured around shop made wooden dust collection structures that I've seen here on this site. I made one for each of my two lanes and they use 4" hoses to carry the dust and chips to my Jet. A blast gate determines which tool connects to the vacuum. The plywood collector is held in place to the lathe using six 3/8" neodymium magnets.

After drilling twenty blanks today and turning quite a few recently, this gets the most chips and dust so far. Little cleanup means more fun and less work.

The table saw and router have similar blast gates connected to the Jet. I just need to always open the correct gate.
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Old 03-11-2017, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice!! I have a similar yet less nice version 1.0 that I'm looking to improve into a version 2.0 soon. I like your design!!
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like my dentist's office....well done, organized, and neat!
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I see what you mean Tony... those wrenches on the table are what my dentist uses on me!
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You do realize by covering the heads of those articulated lamps, you are inviting an overheating condition, that might lead to a fire, aren't you?
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Probably using those low wattage twist bulbs, in which case that's not a big concern ... the bigger concern is keeping chunks of materials from hitting the bulbs in the first place.

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If you could replace some or all of the flex hose you would get much better flow. The flex has many times more internal drag than pipes. Making it all 6" even better.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I did something very similar recently but with a lexan lid on it and the extraction of fumes from accelerator is excellent now. It is not hooked up to my dust collector yet for chip removal but I expect that to be excellent as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use 100 watt equivalent 9 watt led bulbs. They stay cool (I checked) and protected from splatter when wet sanding. I will eventually try solid piping, probably overhead. Lexan is lot under the seat of my Honda and when I find it, it will be in top.
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Where did you get the lamps? I got a smaller version but those look pretty heavy duty.
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