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Dustcatchers seem to suffer whenever OTHER PEOPLE use a tool. Here's how to make one from what you've got.

Step 1: Pal Wrecks Tool

Let's say you left your workshop for five minutes and didn't arm the booby traps properly.
If you've got any friends you might find something like this when you get back.
This is good. It gives you a chance to COMPLAIN. That's Number One on your Bill of Rights.

It looks like someone took the wire frame out of the dust collector because they didn't know what it was, then fed the dust collector to the beltsander. It must have been fun riding it around the room like that.

Step 2: The Normal Thing Would Start Like This.

Cut a piece of wire to jam into the holes in the collar and sew a new bag from a chunk of airline blanket.
If you don't have such a blanket you better start stealing them. Then you'll feel a lot better the next time an airline rips you off and abuses you. The appendices of "Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon explain how this works.

Step 3: Here's a Better Way

Take a couple of bicycle spokes you were saving for welding rod and bend them like this.

Step 4: It'll Be in the Stores by Christmas

Slide an orphaned fleece glove over the wires and lash it onto the collar with rubberbands and string.
Now that's a fine dustcatcher. It's got so much surface area it barely puffs up when you sand. It also catches dust really well.
this is a great idea!&nbsp; I&nbsp;have a sander made by Black &amp; Decker and it didn't come with a dust catcher, and it shoots dust at chest level, you have to buy the dust catcher, and the connector for the bag is a strange oval shape so you can't just stick a hose connector to it...&nbsp; greedy capitalist pigs!&nbsp; LOL!<br />
you could just cut a vacum bag and put a rubber band on it.
I've found that a ladies stocking works well, used a few coils of a spring from inside a tape measure to hold it on
im sorry but that looks like a condom....
well I once waltzed into the pharmacy and asked for the <em>thinest non-lubricated condom</em> that they had...very strange stare...till I explained that I was trying to repair the brake booster diaphragm which had split.<br/><br/>I'll never know what she was thinking, but there's no way Im going back to ask for <strong>a big boy condom</strong>......so let me assure you ...its definately a stocking<br/><br/>
The tape measure spring trick is brilliant!
This would go hand in hand (no pun intended) with that camera condom instructable deal, if you attached a condom to the back of the sander.
And you'll be complaining all the way to christmas when you try to empty the dust out of those fingers Go to your odd socks drawer, Grab two, put on inside the other. In the shops now
I agree. with radiorentalmental I couldnt be arsed either turning the glove inside out or shaking it in a cloud of dust if i could help it. I really like the idea of a good sturdy wood dust bag as i just spent 30 bucks (£15) on a cloth metabo sander bag. Its a beautiful sander but It hurt to have to buy a case and bag seperately after spending $300 on a sander.
you could just turn it inside out. Socks would probably be better though.
"Find a new use for those granny panties in your mother's drawers as seen on TV!".....yea
You can also tape the hose of your shop vac to the outlet. No need to turn the shop vac on, just let the dust fly down the hose of it's own accord. this does make the whole package a bit bulky, however. I like the glove idea, easy to clean and readily available.

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Bio: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of www.zcorp.com, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output ... More »
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