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mikeyb2
11-22-2016, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone, has anyone ever used one of these mini compressors e.g. Vogue Air around 20 on ebay, connected to the dust blower port on the Stewmac precision router base? If so, is it powerful enough to blow dust away when routing for inlay etc? I've used a tyre compressor with good effect, but because it is 12v , I also have to use an old car battery charger with it. Just want to simplify the set up. Thanks Mike.

resoman
11-22-2016, 12:08 PM
Simple as it gets a la Kekani and Chuck Moore. A piece of masking tape wrapped around the cutting tool shank and left to flap away the dust. Works great and cheap as it gets. There's a past thread on this somewhere here.

sequoia
11-22-2016, 06:15 PM
I use an aquarium pump I got at a garage sale for about 20 cents. Works great. Blows away dust just fine.

mikeyb2
11-22-2016, 10:07 PM
Thanks everyone. The tape trick sounds interesting, I'll have to experiment.How big does the "flag" have to be? Does it not affect the balance of the cutter at such high speed? And Sequoia, I've tried a small aquarium pump but it's not powerful enough, and unless I'm lucky enough to find one at a sale, it would probably be expensive. Cheers.

Timbuck
11-22-2016, 11:52 PM
Dremel supply this device to blow away the dust..but a piece of tape is cheaper ;)
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mikeyb2
11-23-2016, 01:15 AM
Dremel supply this device to blow away the dust..but a piece of tape is cheaper ;)
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yes Ken, thanks, i've seen that but thought it may obscure the view a little, and like you say tape is cheaper. Mike.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-23-2016, 05:37 AM
I bought the stew mac dust pump thing as it was only $14 or so- It's sucks in its inability to blow- use the tape method.

Huvvers
11-23-2016, 06:16 AM
I bought the stew mac dust pump thing as it was only $14 or so- It's sucks in its inability to blow- use the tape method.

Me too. I used the tube that came with the SM air pump and connected to my pancake compressors blow gun.It work great at 20psi.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-23-2016, 06:37 AM
Here's what we're talking about. The tape trick works perfectly. If StewMac could make money from them you can bet they'd be selling them. They make more money from their pumps though. I think Aaron was selling these flags for $10 each. I'm having a Black Friday sale, 2 for $25 or 3 for $50. Plans are available. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

mikeyb2
11-23-2016, 10:54 AM
I tried the tape trick this afternoon and it works fine( not that I doubted what has been said on here). Like resoman said , it couldn't get much simpler. Thanks Mike.
and thanks for the pictures Chuck.

Pegasus Guitars
11-24-2016, 08:12 AM
Here is another elaborate set-up.

Bob Orr
11-24-2016, 11:24 AM
Here is another elaborate set-up.

Now, a ripple maple cutting board is just showing off! Bob

Pegasus Guitars
11-24-2016, 07:14 PM
It's actually curly koa with rot. I get more rotten koa than good koa, so I use it to make jigs, which freaks people out. Have to do something with it.

Vespa Bob
11-27-2016, 04:44 PM
I had the opportunity to test the tape trick today when routing the channel for my gecko inlay. It works just as advertised, great! I have the StewMac blower, but as mentioned earlier, it sucks! This tape flag is the way to go, however, I was surprised at how loud it was until I cut it back a bit. My tape is now 3/8" deep and about 1/2" long and does a great job of removing all the dust. A vacuum setup to suck up the blown around dust would be good for those who care about their health, but I just wore a mask instead.

Bob

Wildestcat
11-27-2016, 09:32 PM
Just to say that my cheap airbrush compessor (special offer from Lidl) works fine with the Stewmac base - useless for spraying lacquer though! I have also used my Ryobi battery powered portable tyre pump/inflator with good results, but now intend to give the tape trick a try!

mikeyb2
11-28-2016, 05:19 AM
Just to say that my cheap airbrush compessor (special offer from Lidl) works fine with the Stewmac base - useless for spraying lacquer though! I have also used my Ryobi battery powered portable tyre pump/inflator with good results, but now intend to give the tape trick a try!
Paul, the tape trick works unbelievably well and it's so simple, I feel embarassed that I didn't think of it myself. Cheers Mike.