Dust Collection: Machine Drops
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
I intended to publish this post a week ago. Unfortunately, a nasty cold kicked my butt instead. I planned to be finishing up new shop cabinets. Instead, I’m just now starting to feel well enough to get back into the shop. Such is life.
I planned my duct work for three main machine drops: one on either side, and one in the middle. Each drop will service at least two tools. The central drop will service my table saw and jointer/planer. One side drop contains a floor sweep and flexible port. The other side will service a miter saw and flexible port.
I was concerned about the stability of the central drop. So, I secured strut channel to two joists and braced the drop to the strut channel. This adds a lot of rigidity to the drop and supports some of the weight. Plus, I think it looks a lot better than using dimensional lumber.
I replaced all of my sheet metal screws with rivets and sealed all the joints with silicone caulk. I tested the cyclone with the ducting installed and I’m amazed by the suction. The system is also much quieter with the duct work. My wife was very happy about this. I no longer have to worry about making a bed in the shop!
I still need to blow insulation into the attic area, build a router table, and miter saw cabinets. Stay tuned.
For the rest of the workshop build, check out the garage workshop build index.
step by step…. takes much longer than you think…. at least mine did…