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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Really nice work. And it touched me a bit - I had a great furfriend named Spike. I miss her.
    Thanks again. Spike is a great looking girl. Love the name on a female cat.

    And here’s just one more picture...because this project is done.



    Between yesterday and this morning, I put on 4 coats of satin lacquer, lightly sanded between coats with 320g paper. Lastly, I rubbed in a coat of wax with 0000 steel wool and buffed it to a soft shine. This lady was devoted to her dog and I figured she would pet the box on occasion, so I wanted it to be pet-able.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Thanks again. Spike is a great looking girl. Love the name on a female cat.

    And here’s just one more picture...because this project is done.

    Between yesterday and this morning, I put on 4 coats of satin lacquer, lightly sanded between coats with 320g paper. Lastly, I rubbed in a coat of wax with 0000 steel wool and buffed it to a soft shine. This lady was devoted to her dog and I figured she would pet the box on occasion, so I wanted it to be pet-able.
    That looks really nice - it touched me a bit because my dog was also born in 2006 - and while happy and still enjoying life is on heart, kidney etc tablets.

    Actually, I would be happy to be interred in that container myself. ( Happier if it happened a long time in the future of course.)

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    That's beautiful Brett.
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    Adventures in DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    That's beautiful Brett.
    Sorry for the late reply but thanks!

    Today’s “woodworking” was of the rough variety. We’re preparing to have our well pump replaced and one of the required chores was to remove some trees near the wellhead. Last weekend, I took out a small clump of alders and today, I felled a stinkin’ cottonwood...not that it’ll make a difference to the fluff storm we’re having.





    It was about 65 feet tall and 12 inches at the base. It doesn’t look so bit in a pile of pieces.
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    Since we need to replace our well pump, I won't be able to buy the new dust collector I've had my eye on. So instead, I decided to upgrade the existing DC, which is a 1hp Shop Fox W1727:
    And here's the vision: replace the filter bag with a more efficient canister filter, add a Super Dust Deputy separator, and build a new base to hold it all.


    I started phase 1 today: adapting a canister filter to replace the old filter bag. I made a cap for the open-topped canister, then a 'donut' on which the new filter will rest. A threaded rod will retain the filter and cap. The donut is just temporarily fitted right now. It needs to be caulked and screwed in place.

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    What are the filtration specs on the canister vs the original bag filter?

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    I saw a nice dust collector a while back, it was recirculating water arranged as a water fall down a chain, full height and with a cartridge water filter in the pump line. The water tends to keep cool with evaporation and that encourages a downdraught which pulls in the dust laden air. The water catches the dust and volatile smells too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    What are the filtration specs on the canister vs the original bag filter?
    The manufacturer rated the bag filter at 2.5 μm particulate size, with no rating for efficiency provided. I haven't seen a published spec for filter area but my guess is roughly 25 ft² (2.3 m²).

    The new filter area is 254 ft² (23.6 m²) and is rated at MERV 13: <75% 0.3–1.0 μm, ≥90% 1.0–3.0 μm, ≥85% 3.0–10.0 μm.
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    Cyclone separator feeding the barrel at the bottom right of the sketchup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Cyclone separator feeding the barrel at the bottom right of the sketchup?
    Yep. The cyclone (.pdf) is made by the same folks as the smaller one I outfitted my shop vac with, up-thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Since we need to replace our well pump [...] The donut is just temporarily fitted right now. It needs to be caulked and screwed in place.
    A minor update or two:

    I took the day off today for the well pump replacement. It went well, with no surprises...with replacement itself, that is. As he was wrapping things up, though, the well guy forgot to retract an outrigger on his hoist truck before pulling his truck forward away from the well head. The well head is on a bit of a down-slope, so the outrigger caught on the ground, bending it pretty severely. He then coudn’t retract it and couldn’t pull any farther forward, much less drive back to the shop even though it’s only a mile or so away. He tried straightening it by backing up against the stump of a tree I’d cut near the well head. No dice. He wound up chopping the outrigger off with a cutoff wheel.

    I used some of my time off to work on the dust collector a bit. Instead of caulking the donut in place, I used some thick weatherstripping foam tape that’s essentially airtight when 80% compressed. I laid in a ring of it on the orifice pan, clamped the donut down, and secured it with several screws through the tub side wall.

    I also got around to something I’d been meaning to do for a while. I wrapped some thinner, wider weatherstripping tape around the outside bottom of the tub where the dust bag clamp is secured. It seals much better now.

    For a quick test, I dumped a few handfuls of dust from the bag on the floor and cranked up the collector. Man, this thing sucks more than it ever has. With about 10 times the filter area now, it looks like the main limiting factors are horsepower and impeller size.
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