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post #1 of 6 Old 02-25-2019, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Dust collection upgrade

So, I am upgrading my dust collector. My workshop is in my basement, and that gives me very limited space. My current setup only allows me to hook up to one machine at a time. Which really sucks cuz when I go from my table saw to my router table, I have to disconnect the hose from one and connect to another. For some, that's no big deal. However, I am 6'2" and 200 lbs, and a body that size doesnt fit into a 10" space very well to make those disconnections/connections. My question: I am building a Thein baffle. Around the baffle I want to use clear plastic/plexiglass so that I have the ability to see if there are any flow restrictions or if my can is getting full. All I seem to find is rigid sheets. Or sheets that have a little flexibility, but I need to be able to bend it into a circle around 20". Any idea where I can find a thin piece of plastic that would be ideal for this? New materials or reclaimed from something else. I'm open to suggestions fellas.

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-25-2019, 11:27 AM
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those are 2 separate questions ....

here's the answer to the dust connection issue, use a quick disconnect:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f7/d...art-1-a-20273/



You can purchase thin plexi or lexan at the hardware store in a rack by the window repair section.

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You can bend plex or lexan by heating gently and evenly and forming over a smooth wooden form in the shape you need.


It's going to take practice to get the plastic to exactly the right temp. before it melts and sags or is too hard to bend.


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here's the answer to the dust connection issue, use a quick disconnect:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f7/d...art-1-a-20273/


I wasnt asking about connections to my machines. I've already got that figured out.

You can purchase thin plexi or lexan at the hardware store in a rack by the window repair section. <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/smilies/vs_cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Vs Cool" class="inlineimg" />
I tried this and couldnt get enough flex out of it to get down to the right radius.

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You can bend plex or lexan by heating gently and evenly and forming over a smooth wooden form in the shape you need.


It's going to take practice to get the plastic to exactly the right temp. before it melts and sags or is too hard to bend.


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I tried this first. By the time it was warm enough to bend into the radius, it was beginning to scorch and blister.

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maybe settle for just a plexi window?
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