Dust Collection System Upgrade


Hey everyone Michael Alm here. So this week… I built a dust collection system I am so happy to have this in my shop I’ve
been thinking about this talking about it for probably about six years and it’s
finally put together and I could not be happier can’t wait to share the details
with you guys this video is sponsored by Rockler. Thank You Rockler let’s get into
the build so before we can talk about all the
ducting and the connections to the tools let’s talk about this which is the heart
of the system this is the Clear Vue Cyclones CV 1800 and I decided not to
film the installation of this mostly because that’s a whole separate video
and that video has already been made several times on YouTube so I’ll link to
the ones that I followed down below but the system is a major upgrade from my
previous one I had a single-stage dust collector this is a dual stage cyclone
separator so it separates the dust into the barrel before it goes through the
impeller and out through the filters if you want to review on this machine
just stick around to the end of the video and I’ll go through how it works
on all my different machines and my takeaways from using it for the last
couple days I’ve been planning on installing a
dedicated dust collection system in my shop for a number of years now and so
this back wall has always been slated for that use and as a result it’s just
gotten covered in junk because I don’t want to build any nice shelving or
cabinets and so everything seemed to be temporary I mean temporary is relative
because I think these shelves have been there for about four years and it’s
definitely time for them to go with that wall cleared off it made it really easy
to tape and mud all the seams which when I first moved in seemed like the last
thing that I wanted to do once the joints were dry I was able to give it a
fresh coat of paint and start in on the piping I picked up this six inch thin
walled PVC pipe from a local plumbing supply shop and while you watch me
struggle to cut it with a handsaw I would like to talk about my experience
of that shop I went to actually three plumbing supply shops and the first
place wanted to charge me a thousand dollars for all the pipes and fittings
what I learned is that a lot of these industrial suppliers they they’ll charge
all sorts of different prices for different people and if you just walk in
off the street a lot of times they’ll charge you a max price by the time I
reached the third plumbing supply shop I found somebody who was willing to sell
me all these parts for three hundred and fifty bucks so became apparent pretty
quickly that I wasn’t gonna be able to cut through all these parts with a
handsaw I was just way too time consuming but for now I had the first
length and I could connect to the first fitting this is called a Wye fitting and
it’s a 45-degree fitting you don’t want to use 90-degree fittings because it’s
just a little bit too tight of a bend for the dust collector I was installing
this system by myself so I had to build a system to support it while I was
holding it up in the air this worked like a charm it was a super simple like
two-by-four construction but it just gave me an extra little bit of leverage
so that when I put it into the dust collector I had something to set it down
on now round 2 for cutting these pipes I tried the saw us all and this might have
to do with a lot of things this was the only blade that I had long enough it’s a
the course of a blade and it definitely just shredded that pipe it was not a
good way to do it not a good way to hold on to it you can see it actually broke
through the edge of the pipe the solution I came up with and it seems
really obvious now was the table saw the crosscut sled was perfect for this and
when I got long links I could support it with a table on the right and if you’re
wondering why I didn’t use my chop saw my chop so I can only cut about four
inches these cuts came out super clean I was really happy with them I barely even
had to deburr them and then I could just start cruising and putting pipe into
place so I have a five foot straight run which is the requirement of the dust
collector and then that meets to the wall at a 22 degree elbow so I knew that
I needed some sort of holster or bracket to hold these things on the wall and I
didn’t really want to do metal strapping a lot of people do that but it’s not a
great look so I decided to design my own bracket and I just made these out of a
piece of scrap plywood that I had sitting around the shop it was a little
tight in the shop with all the tools pushed in the corners uh I had to sit on
my thickness planer to cut this thing out when I have a bunch of identical
pieces that I need to make I love this method of taping together one big block
and then cutting it all out at once this meant that I could get eight pieces out
of this one block super quickly in order to beef up the bracket a little
bit I doubled up the pieces and glued them together nail them off and then
drilled pilot holes from the screws I positioned the screws and the bracket
over a stud in my wall and then just drove them home with the impact driver I
only really needed to on this wall since that PVC is so lightweight it really
didn’t need a lot to support the load now with that first pipe into place I
could remove my support and start cutting more pieces to stitch into place
and now I’m setting up to make the corner this is a ninety degree Bend and
instead of just going with a straight 90 I’m using two 45-degree elbows this just
softens the curve which makes it easier for the dust to flow through the system
now I can add another bracket into place and take another piece of PVC pipe with
a Y on it and slide it into location this one I may have miscalculated a
little bit my arms were not long enough to reach it and this is crappy looking
to get it into place I’m gonna didn’t position well enough to stay put and
then could drive it home with a rubber mallet I screwed the final bracket into
place and can slip in the final piece for the upper ducting you’ll see on the
right hand side there’s another 45 45 fin that makes a 90 degree elbow with
that in place I can start in on the drops and this one will be a floor sweep
I decided to use the bell end of the pipe as the intake and I just trimmed
out a semicircular section out of the bottom of the pipe the next step was to
install the 6 inch blast gate and because I used thin wall PVC I had to
thicken that diameter up with whitson tape it wasn’t a big deal
I just kept adding tape until I got a nice friction fit the second and the third drop are
exactly the same they are 45-degree fitting down to a pipe which gets a
splitter on the end of it and these splitters are sold by clear Vue cyclones
they divide a six-inch port into two four inch ports and already have blast
gates installed on them the fourth and final drop in the system is for my table
saw and the table saw requires a 4-inch dust port and so I’m adding a reducer to
the system this is a bracket that I’m making that will attach to the top of
the reducer and I added a few blocks so that I could screw it into the wall the
two screws on the right are attached into plugs and then the ones on the left
go into the stud so it’s really nice and sturdy with that in place I can slot the
tube in and you can see I’ve got the 45 degree elbow on there as well you’ll
notice that the bell end slots over the top of the reducer and then I just added
a little bit of persuasion to get the two parts to sit together so the table
saw is also going to require a blast gate and this will be a 4-inch blast
gate and I’m just building up a little block here so that I have something to
mount that blast gate to the blast gate I’m using is made by rockler and it is
really nice it has a mounting bracket on it I hadn’t seen these before it’s
really handy you’re able to mount it directly to the wall and give it a
little test it works really nicely and then these are four inch pipes and
they’re full thickness PVC so I don’t have that issue with needing tape to to
enlarge the port I did however decide to attach a couple screws in to them just
to make sure that they wouldn’t fall away and take a little bit of pressure
off the system then I could attach the port this is known as a swivel port it’s
also a Rockler product use my jimmy dress that I pick to slide it into place
and the reason this thing is called a swivel port is because the base of it
turns and it turns to relieve pressure off of the hose so that doesn’t get
dislodged when you move your tools around I have every single tool in my
shop on wheels and the table saw is no exception so hopefully this will prevent
the hose from lodging overtime speaking of dislodging
I decided to tie in these ports with a couple of screws and then attach the
hose for my bandsaw now I’m installing a wall mount for the Rockler dust right
quick change system this is pretty cool system where you can just connect this
to whatever tool you need and you just attach a corresponding port to it I’m
gonna be using it for my thickness planer and to vacuum the flat surfaces
in my shop I’m now attaching the two-and-a-half inch hose to my sander
and this was just a slip and friction fit with a swivel port and I’ve got this
stretchy tube so I can attach it easily to the tool as well
the final machine to tie into the system is my router table and if you guys
haven’t seen that video I’ll link it down below I’ve got full build plans on
how to make this router table and the tying in of the dust collection is
something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while I’m just connecting a two
and a half inch flex hose to the fence and that connects into a two and a half
by four Y fitting and then the four-inch port goes into both the back of the
machine and the splitter now that the whole system is in place I could tie in
all ducks with screws I just used half inch wafer head screws and then wrapped
the the exposed joints with a silicon tape I like this stuff a lot it only
sticks to itself which is really nice and you just kind of stretch it into
place it has a nice look to it as opposed to using like foil tape it’s
also very easy to remove if you ever need to change out the ducts all right
the system is completely installed I’m so excited to turn this thing on see how
it works let’s give it a test run I’ll mute out that dust collector noise
for you guys so you don’t have to listen to it the entire time but it’s really
not bad it’s a little bit louder than my old system so I’m locking together the
quick-connect system so I can vacuum off all the tabletops so I can get a really
good gauge of how much sawdust comes up on all these different tools and it’s so
nice that I can pretty much reach every flat surface in the shop with this thing
I can get all the way to my chop saw which is across the room and vacuum it
up now I can remove that bench nozzle attachment and test out the floor sweep
attachment I wanted to really put it to the test so I decided to sweep off these
mats and it vacuumed up even the little cracks in between it was really really
impressive so now I can use my other sweeping tool which is the open floor
sweep and that thing just inhales dust it’s incredible now that all my surfaces
are clean I can put the tools to the test and start with the table saw and I
ripped this board down a couple times I think three times in this process and
got it into thin little strips and I was really curious about this because I know
I don’t have over arm dust collection so that’s something that I’m gonna add in
down the road so you can see little chips are flying here and there and they
end up landing on the fence and on the surface of the saw and you’ll see some
on the back rail but I think that that’s not really the fault of the vacuum
system I think it’s more that lack of overarm dust collection we’re gonna kind
of deal with the same thing when it comes to the bandsaw the bandsaw is
notorious for having bad dust collection so I’m going to cut out a couple spoons
here that I already had prepared and you can see that the dust is collecting on
the side of the of the saw but it’s really not a lot this is a lot of
cutting I was I was pretty impressed with this I
can again add some dust collection that’s closer to the to the saw blade
and that would probably pick up the remainder of the dust the thing that
surprised me the most was how much suction there was in the body of the
machine look at this I just dumped some random sawdust into the body and it just
inhales it so all you spoon carvers out there look away now
this is not the way you carve a spoon but I wanted to try out something that
would take off a lot of material and really put my sander through its paces
this was easily ten to fifteen minutes worth of sanding and yes there’s
definitely some on the table the way that this this tool is engineered is not
great for dust collection but I would say considering it did really well and I
was able to clean up all the extra stuff with the hose I think down the road I’ll
probably upgrade that to a four inch collection board I’ll just have to make
a port that fits on to the machine and last but certainly not least is the
router table and this one just blew me away this one I’ve never seen anything
like it there’s no dust at all I mean you can barely see even the chips flying
and look at that I did all four corners and nothing came up on my hand when I
touched the tabletop really really impressive alright so there it is that
is the full dust collection system and I couldn’t be happier honestly it is so
nice to have a powerful dust collector on all of my tools and I actually think
it kind of looks good too that was something that I was actually worried
about it was like living in a shop that was just full of tubes that you have to
wade through and I think it looks nice and clean having everything up against
the wall and the port’s nice and low I just liked a lot the CV 1800 let’s get
some thumbs up from me I’m really happy with it there’s a bit of a project to
put it together but it works great it’s really powerful with that five
horsepower motor and it’s that I can mountain it up high and it’s
got a small footprint just so you know I bought that with my own money clear view
didn’t send it out to me but I’m very very happy with it
thank you to Rockler for sponsoring this video and sending me out a whole bunch
of fittings and everything I think when it comes to dust collector parts and
fittings there’s no one better than rock where they just have lots of selection
and lots of options I love the quick-connect system the fact that I can
go across my whole shop and vacuum up like my chop saw and everything just
really really thrilled with that I also wanted to show this thing this is the
hip belt and you’ve probably seen me wearing it this is great I’ve been
looking for something like this for a long time and I was able to velcro on my
dust collector port I did have to sew on the velcro but this thing’s super handy
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