Cyclone style dust collector and hose size mayhem

So I want to connect a vacuum up to my table saw to reduce dust. I buy a cyclone-type dust collector. Then I sit and tie myself up in knots looking at the hoses, fittings and cannot work out what I need to complete the job.

Hose, collector and saw.

This all looks fairly straight forward until you consider the diameters of the hoses/fittings.

Ref Device Outside
Diameter (mm)
Diameter (mm)
1 Vacuum 35 n/a
2 Dust Collector 55 50
3 Dust Collector 55 50
4 Table Saw blade guard 38 n/a
5 Table Saw chip case 58 n/a

I’ll update this when I find the hoses and fittings required.

Table Saw Table

  1. I’ve build a stand for my table saw (a Metabo TS something or other). Space underneath for a vacuum and a debris separator.

Table Saw Stand

With wheels on one end, it will be easy to move. First I’ll need to build a ramp to roll the stand down into a storage area. I used one part cement, 2 parts aggregate (about 15mm) and 3 parts sand.

Concrete for ramp

Ramp complete

Glove Holder

Here’s an idea for storing gloves or other small items – wooden clothes pegs glued and screwed to a board of wood.

Clothes peg glove holder

Clothes pegs on a bar of wood.


Very excited to get my hands on this new (to me) trailer.


It needed a new plug, so that was tonight’s task…



My Wood Corner 

An hour or so round here of an evening and stress levels are destroyed. Not that I’m stressed. Think I just enjoy chopping wood.


Shaping the Beam

The beam was 6″ x 6″ PAR – planed all round – so it was anything but round.


Some shaping helps it look more aged & natural…


I used a freshly sharpened kukri to carve off the sharp edges and shape it around the knots. [Side note: have a read at this: wikipedia:Kukri — what a great tool.] I followed that with a belt sander at 80 grit, then hand-sanded to 120-grit. Oak is a nice wood to work.

Log Store Loft

The loft in the log store is the perfect size for a kids’ den. Here I am flooring it with some recycled HDF.


Corner Pieces Treated

I’ll use these pieces on the four corners of the shed, partly for cosmetic reasons but also to protect all the end-grain of the slats.
I chose Ronseal Total Wood Protector after reading some good reviews. Dark brown to contrast the unstained slats.