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chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:07 am
by Kary Karahadian
does anyone have a satisfactory design for dust collection for the STP? I love the tool, but it really makes for a lot of shop cleanup.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:07 am
by Bob Gramann
I just clamped a couple of boards, making a corner, on my drill press table to contain the chips.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:21 am
by Jason Rodgers
I made a dust hood that works very well. I wrote up a "It worked for me" article that was published in American Lutherie last year. When I get on my PC today I'll post a photo, but I think I posted it here somewhere already.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:44 am
by Jason Rodgers
Here is what I did. Thai take-out container: hole in the bottom to pass the chuck through, hole in the side for the vacuum hose, neoprene "sweep" around the edges. I chuck the Safe-T-Planer just below the sweep. It works very well for thicknessing (tops, backs, sides) when the work and table are close to the sweep. When leveling thicker stock, a bit of dust escapes, but only because the hood is off the table. This works well for sanding discs, too.

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Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 1:13 pm
by Kary Karahadian
Thanks for the photos. Just what i was looking for.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:38 am
by Dennis Duross
I'm not a big fan of Thai food. I'm thinking of substituting a potato salad container from the deli, and wonder if anyone has tried something similar?

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:24 pm
by Jason Rodgers
Sorry, Dennis, but that just won't work. It's Asian take-out or nuthin! ;)

Actually, I spent a lot of time thinking about this, and auditioned a couple different candidates. The first container I tried was a hard plastic iced tea pitcher that I picked up at a second-hand store. It was too hard and and brittle and was difficult to cut to height and for the dust hose. I considered a milk jug, but it was too flimsy. These take-out tubs from the Thai place down the street are great, nearly Rubbermaid quality, and my wife saves them for left-over containers and freezer jam. I'm sure your container would work fine, but it needs to be fairly rigid so that it doesn't contort or split when you attach the hose.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:17 am
by Dennis Duross
I'm glad you realized I was kidding.

But your point about the quality or suitability of one type of plastic vs another is well-taken.

Re: chip/dust collector for Safe-T-Planer

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:06 am
by Shawn Hoover
Stellar. Thank you, Jason.