Monday, February 10, 2014

Super Dust Deputy Review

Quite a while back, I built a cart using a regular Dust Deputy on a ShopVac.  My cart with the system worked like a champ as the Dust Deputy would fill up a 5-gallon bucket and almost nothing would be in the vacuum bag.  I even wrote a review about the Dust Deputy in "I love the Oneida Dust Deputy."

When I finally got around to improving my dust collection with a dust collection specific for woodworking.  I wrote an article about my Souped Up Harbor Freight Dust Collector.  When building it, I knew I wanted a cyclone and with my experience on the small Dust Deputy, I went straight for the Super Dust Deputy, rather than trying to build my own cyclone or purchase a cyclone from a different company.  After planing a lot of wood, I filled up my 20 gallon metal bucket attached to it and now I can write up a review.

Super Dust Deputy

I will let the pictures below show the story.  The 20 gallon bucket was full, where the dust collector bag had maybe ~1/4 to 1/2 cup of dust.  I would say that was a very good ratio.  To know the exact quantity in the collection bag, I would have needed to remove the clamp, but its such a pain to remove its not a worth getting the exact amount.  So doing some SWAG math, let's say the supper dust deputy collected 18 gallons and 1/2 a cup come through and into the dust collector.  This would mean that the Super Dust Deputy captured 99.8%.  In reality, I am certain the collection amount is lower due to the density of the planer shavings filling the bucket compared to the dust in the bag.  Also, the trash bag in the bucket had air below it so it was not totally filled with 18 gallons of debris.  None the less, the collection percentage was high enough to be very glad that I purchased the Super Dust Deputy.

With that, I would recommend the Supper Dust Deputy.  Also, I would recommend using something larger than 20 gallons to collect output of the Dust Deputy, but I was limited with my small basement shop.

The Entire Dust Collection System

Window Showing Filled to the Top

Emptying the Can

Small Amount of Dust in Plastic Bag

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Router Push Block

While working on a project, I needed to run a strip through the router table in order to make a T-track for my drill press table.  The strip of plywood that needed to be run across the router table was going to put my fingers too close to the router bit.  I had been wanting to make a router push block for quite a while, so here was the excuse I needed to make it.  

Below is the final picture of the push stick, which was based off many other ones out there on the web.  

My Router Push Stick

I made it by first starting with some scrap plywood.  I ripped a section of it off on the table saw in order to make the catch for the wood.  I then drilled and counter-sunk the holes in the plywood.  I had a scrap large dowel rod left over from a different project.  I drilled holes in this to become the handles.  Below is another picture of the push stick ready to push the plywood through the router table.  

Ready to be Put to Use