Dust Collection Solution
New member and relatively new to woodworking. I just obtained the HF dust collector and am having some trouble getting things connected properly so that it works for my situation. Up until now, I have been using a shop vac with a small cyclone and bucket for dust collection with my 4 most used power tools. It was better than nothing, but still left a lot to be desired. I picked up the HF 2HP dust collector and accessory package and was able to get almost everything connected and it seems to work way better than the shop vac so far.
My problems though are many fold... First, I have a two car garage to work in, but I try to keep everything in about the space of a one car garage. I can expand out a little without too much trouble, but I often find myself moving tools out of the way in order to be able to do other things so space and mobility of tools is important. Second, I can use only the dust collector and one tool at a time as power in the garage is insufficient for more than that and there are only two outlets on opposite sides of the room. Third, we currently rent this house and are hoping to be able to buy our own at some point in the next year or so, so I don't really have the option to put in permanent pipe for dust collection. This should all hopefully be temporary as when we buy our own house, I will have a lot more flexibility and the ability to put in permanent fixtures and adequate power.
All of those factors combined have created a few challenges for dust collection. My jointer and planer have 4" dust ports so using the hose I bought worked really will, the Delta contractor table saw however, has a 2 1/2" port on the back and my router table is built in to it with a fence I built, also with a 2 1/2" port. I was able to connect up the 4" hose to the table say port by getting creative with adaptors but it's not easily movable to the router now. Also, the accessory kit came with only two blast gates so I have to slip the hose to the planer off and use the end cap when using other tools which is not very easy or convenient. The biggest problem however is the space that all the wyes and hoses are taking up in front of the dust collector now and I'm worried about the stress it is putting in the wye that came with the dust collector. My current setup is as follows... From the blower to the wye that came with the collector. One side has the planer attached with no blast gate. The other side has the other wye that came with the accessory kit attached. Each side of that wye has a blast gate and hoses that go to the jointer and table saw. As you can imagine, it is a pretty cumbersome setup, but it works. I could order another blast gate for the planer, but I had a different idea that may or may not be a good one which is where my question finally comes in.
My idea is to build a plywood box that would attach to one side of the wye with a short section of 4" hose. Then have (2) 4" ports on the box with built in blast gates to attach the jointer and planer and a third 2 1/2" port, again with built in blast gate, to attach the shopvac hose for the table saw and router. The box would be as small as possible so as not to take up a lot of room or create too much of a place for dust to get trapped inside. I know this isn't an ideal solution, but at least for the sake of getting things connected properly and space and mobility concerns I think it would work really well.
Any feed back on my proposed solution would be much appreciated.