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Offline carrera4s

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Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:25 AM »
I recently built a Thien Baffle dust separator from a few spares I had at home.

Apart from the paint scheme (which probably was not necessary), I had all the components as spares / left-overs in the garage (and I had to buy the 3 elbows - c R 25 for all three (c US$ 2.00).
 
I firstly built the box which took a while (I also made notches that it can lock onto the dust extractor) while the lid is held in place with 4 x 8 mm rods & home-made star wheels (with a nut glued into the bottom).

Building the Thien Baffle was actually quite quick.  I set my bandsaw table at the same angle as the sidewall of empty paint bucket to ensure the baffle will be horizontal once installed.  It is then simply attached with 5 screws from the outside. The baffle was designed at 240/120 degrees  (as per Mr Thien's original) but I just guessed how wide I should cut it out - but it seems to work better than I expected.

Attaching the inlet pipe was not too difficult either:  I firstly cut the 50mm drain pipe to roughly follow the outside diameter of the paint bucket and then traced the shape onto the bucket.  I then drilled a hole & the coping saw finished the job. The two bolts & nuts made sure the pipe stayed in place while applying glue with the hot glue gun.

The bottom of the bucket was simply cut out leaving c 20mm rim to attach it onto the box (which got the same sized hole).  Lots of screws & silicon ensure a tight seal.

The paint bucket lid got two plywood disks to support the extraction pipe, but the disks were kept relatively small since I wanted to retain flexibility in the lid for mounting & removal if necessary.  (In hindsight I should maybe have made them bigger for more rigidity).

Lastly, to make sure the  hose fitted over the inlet pipe, I wrapped masking tape around the pipe until I got a tight fit. (Same was done where the pipe enters into the Dust extractor).

I completed it on 15 November last year, and this weekend I opened it the first time - I was amazed to see how much dust I made in such a short space of time!

Seems to be working very well!




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Offline McNally Family

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 06:30 AM »
What a clever design.  How did you know when it was full?
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 12:24 PM »
Looks like it works!

I'd like to see a closer photo of the top of the lid.

Offline carrera4s

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 01:10 AM »
What a clever design.  How did you know when it was full?

I did not know it was full - I was just curious to see how full it was and I was surprised to see it was full.  My friend suggested adding a clear plastic "window" in the side / top of the box to be able to see inside.  I will try it sometime, not sure it will work, will see.

Offline carrera4s

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 01:13 AM »
Looks like it works!

I'd like to see a closer photo of the top of the lid.

I will post one tonight / tomorrow morning.  But it simply have the same diameter plywood disk on the top as on the bottom. 

Offline guitarchitect

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 01:36 PM »
just curious, did you ever test how the strength of suction drops when you use it? I've had something similar in mind, but I'm not going to both mounting it on top of the vac... both will live under my workbench.

note that because your bucket was full, everything made its way into your vac... that's the unfortunate thing about the two-stage systems - the first stage never stops the system from working, it just turns the system back into the old one-stage when it fills up.

Offline sandy

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Re: Paint bucket Thien Baffle - CTL 26
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 07:21 AM »
I just came across this post.  Can you provide the dimensions of the plastic pipe you used as well as some additional photos of the inside of the bucket showing how you connected the pipe to it?

Also, how far down does the vertical pipe, the one going to the vacuum, extend as compared to the one that enters the bucket from the side?