I though it would be good to show the project's I've worked on in 2008.
I'll be posting to individual posts to this thread for each project.
I'll start with my dust collector revamp. I inherited a Cincinnati Dust collector from my FIL. It was an aluminum plate that sits on a garbage can. with the fan atop the plate and a dust bag. 90% of the dust ended up in the bag. The fan assembly has a 1/2 hp motor and it rated at 450 CFM.
I read here and on other sites about Phil Thein's separator/baffle and decided to build one. Since the fan sits on top of the barrel I had to build a 2 piece version. It would have been too heavy/unwieldy to lift a single motor/baffle assembly from the barrel.
The fan is mounted to a round motor plate. That motor plate has a 6" hole in the middle. The motor plate sits on the baffle/separator which is another round plate that sits on top of a steel garbage can. The main difference in my implementation is that the 4" duct entered the side of the garbage can directly into the baffle as opposed to from above and thru an elbow.
The first picture shows the whole thing assembled.
The second picture is the "exploded" view of the 3 components.
The third picture shows how the duct enters the barrel.
I know the cloth bag isn't stopping the sub-micron fines from passing through, but it's does a pretty good job with chip collection. When the budget allows I'll look to enhancing dust collection to something bigger/better.
Thanks for looking.