This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: fritz@hpfcbig.SDE.HP.COM (Gary Fritz)
Date: 11 Sep 90 02:07:55 GMT
I just had a long & entertaining conversation with a veteran woodworker
concerning the dust collector he had (past tense, *sigh*) for sale.
He said he and his buddy both had homemade dust collectors, and that
it worked fine for his well-stocked and often-used shop. He said
he built his from plans in an old "Workbench" magazine, using a
squirrel-cage fan, a 1HP motor, a bucket to catch big pieces, and
a bag to catch the dust. He said it didn't have quite the airflow
of the fancy models (of course, he was only using 4" piping), but
then again he only invested about $30-40 into it. (He tried changing
the pulley to step up the airflow, but "it blew the damn bag right
off the blame thing!" :-) Sounds great to me, especially for the
short term. Especially since my shop is going to be in the basement
of my new house, and I want to keep my new marriage intact. ;->
Does anybody recall the issue of Workbench that has these plans?
(This guy lives about 80 miles away, so it's inconvenient to stop in
and take a look at his setup.) Has anyone else built one, &/or have
any pointers? The ol' guy also said his friend made a smaller version
with just a fan and some air filters, which ran all the time to clear
fine dust out of the air. He said it would clear out a good-sized shop
in 10 minutes or so.
Given the dire remarks about sawdust in this month's Fine Woodworking,
I've gotten even more interested in a dust collector. Even if you
wear a mask, the fine dust hangs in the air a LONG time. And with
a forced-air furnace, the dust is going to get blown all over the house.
And, from the article in FWW, that's downright unhealthy.