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Hi Guys,


I must have been pretty good last year because Santa also bought me a Byrnes Thickness Sander!


I finally got the chance to play with it yesterday and I found that the dust port does not fit to my Black & Decker Shop Vac. My question is whether or not I can use "off the shelf" PVC fittings to make an adapter or do I need to scratch build something?


I know you guys have the answer :).







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I picked up a hard rubber adapter in the shop vac section of Lowes. It is stepped so you can cut it to fit the proper size. It works well.

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You can go to any Menards and go to the shop vac section. They will have a reducer that will work. It is a one piece unit that you adjust to the size you need


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There is a Byrnes adaptor thread on here somewhere.  I have a Fein shop vac which is in a metric size.  I had to use two adaptors, one inside the other, for a tight seal.  You might be able to get away with one adaptor and some gaffer tape.


The thickness sander is awesome by the way.  I don't use it nearly as often as the table saw and disc sander, but when I do, I am thankful I have it.



Current Wooden builds:  Amati/Victory Pegasus  MS Charles W. Morgan  Euromodel La Renommèe  


Plastic builds:    SB2U-1 Vindicator 1/48  Five Star Yaeyama 1/700  Pit Road Asashio and Akashi 1/700 diorama  Walrus 1/48 and Albatross 1/700  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/32


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F4B-4 and P-6E 1/72  Accurate Miniatures F3F-1/F3F-2 1/48  Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat built as FM-1 1/48  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/48

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I got this adapter from Lowes for my Byrnes Saw.  It works great attaching my shop vac to my Byrnes saw.





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I have not bothered with an adapter but my Fein vac hose, which is metric, traps every bit of the dust when I just set it into the top port.  Someday I will remember to get the adapter and will have a tight fit - but it's not been necessary yet.


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If needed to accommodate a slight mismatch in diameters, a gasket can be cut from polyurethane foam from a craft store such as JoAnn,  It comes in 2mm and 6mm thickness.  Cut the material to the width needed and oversize in length, wrap it around the fitting, and then cut it on a long diagonal. A spot of glue or double-stick cellophane tape will hold it in place.

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