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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    yep Dennis ironing board on wheels, 100" scratch Lancaster sitting on it at the moment. Beer fridge is at the other end of the shop near the Lazy-boy. Complete shop minus a microwave.Wife put her foot down t that request but in all fairness she bought me the fridge.

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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    Another improvement that I made in the shop was Dust Collection.

    After having respiratory problems with sawdust (mostly balsa dust) and with the amount of dust that the CNC router creates, I decided that I had to do more to contain and manage the dust.

    After lots of research - I decided to install a centralized dust collection system.

    This system has a main motor with a cyclone - and duct work that runs to various points in the shop (CNC router, table saw, sander, bandsaw, etc).

    Here is a pic of the main motor and cyclone

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    The dust/chips enter on the left hand side of the cyclone - the spinning action in the cyclone separates the heavier stuff (chips) and it falls out the bottom of the cyclone into a garbage pail below (not pictured). All the fine dust is then blown out to the right of the cyclone and either goes out the building or into a filter bag/trap.

    Here is a pic of the CNC dust collection setup

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    The dust boot contains the dust as the cutter is moved across the work piece. The dust is sucked out into flex hose and then into the main duct line (in the rafters) and through to the cyclone.

    You can see at the end of the flex hose/start of the duct work a "blast gate" - these are present at each tool to control which tool gets suction (you only open the blast gate at the tool you are using).



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    I have also installed a couple of floor sweeps - these are at each end of the shop. These allow you to sweep all dust/chips directly into the dust collector. Just pile up the chips - turn on the collector -


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    And they disappear!

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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    That is nice Grizak, mine is on wheels with 2 hoses and gates but it is always in the way. Have always wanted to plumb the shop so it could stay in a corner. For fine dust that seems to still always get away and airborn I run a roof mounted air filter that really cleans up the shop quickly after a bunch of dust gets air born.
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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    That is nice Grizak, mine is on wheels with 2 hoses and gates but it is always in the way. Have always wanted to plumb the shop so it could stay in a corner. For fine dust that seems to still always get away and airborn I run a roof mounted air filter that really cleans up the shop quickly after a bunch of dust gets air born.
    I'm looking for one of these - Which brand/model do you have? How long have you had it? Any problems? How loud is it?

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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    Quote Originally Posted by Grizak View Post
    I'm looking for one of these - Which brand/model do you have? How long have you had it? Any problems? How loud is it?

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    Mine is a General International brand, I have had this one for about 15 years I would guess. It is not very noisey at all and has 3 timed position or on steady. It has a remote to control it and the outer filter is easily replaceable. It is amazing how that filter will change color just shooting some paint on a cowl or pants. I quickly searched and found a similar unit here as mine is 800cfm and this one on high is 950 cfm. My unit is one speed and this one is 3 speeds

    https://www.woodcraft.com/products/r...702d2f2f0013a5

    Just found mine and it looks like they make the same unit still as well as one larger.

    http://general.ca/products/1_general...st/10-550.html
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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    Another improvement - Magnetic Building Board/Bench:

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    I've started another thread about this here -http://rccanucks.com/showthread.php?2819-Magnetic-Building-Board-Bench-System

    Hoping others have some experience with using magnets for building.

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    Another addition to the shop (received this as a Christmas present)

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    This is a Byrnes Mini Table sale (with custom 18" table). This is one of the nicest machine tools I've used. Super smooth and quiet. Uses up to 4" blades - super precise cuts (very precise angle cuts, and rip fence). Great for model building.

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    Those are a really nice little saw and a great Christmas present, for your info I got socks and underwear!
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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    Keep the cool tools and shop ideas coming!
    I’m moving later this month. Basement is unfinished so I get a chance to set things up properly with a clean slate! Can’t wait.
    "Fly it like you stole it"

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    Re: Workshop Improvements/Ideas....

    Quote Originally Posted by IcarusYYZ View Post
    Keep the cool tools and shop ideas coming!
    I’m moving later this month. Basement is unfinished so I get a chance to set things up properly with a clean slate! Can’t wait.
    Great, Dan! Just don't take after your poor old Dad. My Cave is not a good example but, remember, I did teach you everything you know about flying!

    I generally try to ignore the local comments about my slovenly Cave maintenance habits - going on almost 45 years now!

    The other day, I finally broke. So, I started to clean up a little bit of my so-called mess each day. Got lots of praise for at least making the effort! Freshly baked cookies showed up shortly thereafter!

    I was a bit suspicious ... could this be some sort of operative conditioning thing going, a la Pavlov's dog? After all SWMBO took a psych major at U as a young lady.

    This little exercise opened my eyes. So, I performed an exceptionally successful experiment and will now pass along my learning to others.

    Figuring that two can play the psychology game, yesterday while I was down in the Cave messing around with my toys, I thought, hmmmm ... what if I just turn the vacuum cleaner on over there and let it run all by itself for, say, 5 or 10 minutes?

    Yippee! An hour later, right around Miller Time, I got the call that there were freshly baked muffins sitting on the kitchen counter!!! Coincidence? I think not. That pathetic Psychology for Engineers course that I dozed through over 50 years ago has now actually paid off, in spades!

    BTW, Dan, you're on your own for the moving exercise. I will be too busy "cleaning" my shop.

    Remember - as Red Green says, " You can't stay young, but you can stay immature". Living proof over here!
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