Another hair-brained dust collection scheme
I's not like I'm specifically trying to cobble together a dust collection system because I'm a penny pincher (which I AM by the way).
The reality is that in my garage, I already have 3 shop vacs, two of which are 2 1/2", and one is 1 1/4" and a leaf blower that essentially has a 4" inlet. I got 2 of them at yard sales for a total of $10, and the leaf blower is for the yard. I use the shop vacs from time to time for sucking up water and cleaning cars out and stuff.
Now I have a relatively new interest in woodworking, and am trying to be creative about setting up a dust collection system that uses the vacuum sources I already own.
So here is my latest hair-brained scheme:
Suppose I hooked up 2 (or more) of the vacuums to a larger PVC pipe (4 or 6 inches), each with its native sized connector. In this setup, the pipe would be large to the stations and dropping down as necessary at the tool. I'm thinking that multiple vacs on a larger pipe would increase the CFM significantly, resulting in much better duct collection at the stations.
Hair brained, or does it have merit? I guess one positive is that if I eventually have the desire and funds for a dedicated DC system, the backbone would already be in place.
Again, I ALREADY have these vacs, and I am just trying to come up with a creative way to make the best use of them.
Please don't tell me to go out and buy a "proper" dust collection system, because that is not going to happen.