Fighting Dust #2: Tablesaw Overhead Dust Collection

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 11-19-2010 04:07 AM 2324 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Dust Collector Mods - Phase II Part 2 of Fighting Dust series Part 3: Tablesaw Overhead Dust Collection part #2 »

The tablesaw is the workhorse in my shop, as I suspect it is in 90% of the shops out there. Although, it comes in second to the dust collector. The DC is the only thing in the shop that gets used more and I’m always looking for new ways of using it.

So it’s time for Round 4 in the war of fighting dust with the tablesaw.

Round 1) Connecting the DC to the bottom of the saw

Round 2) Sealed the TS by boxing in the motor on the back, using Great Stuff expanding foam to seal the table top to the sides.

Round 3) Sealing up around the height adjuster with sheet magnets. The magnets where purchased from the BORG. They are sold for blocking heating & cooling registers.

Round 4) An overhead dust guard system. I will post a full review when I get it all finished. Should be in a week or so I hope.

The concept is this:

It’ll be made from 2” SCH40 PVC that will support the overhead dust guard and serve double duty as the dust collection tube. I’ll attach it to the wall to the right of the saw and cantilever it out over the saw. I plan on hinging the wall bracket so that the hole thing can be swung back out of the way when not needed. I plan on using a Tee-Y at the saw end and a Y fitting closest to the wall bracket. (T’s are much easier to draw in AutoCAD than Y’s) I’ll support the weight of the cantilever w/ 1/16” wire rope. I’ve got hooks and eyes to attach it to the pipe and I’ll use a turnbuckle at the bracket to fine tune the length.

Step one: Modify the tablesaw dust collection riser by cutting in a 4” x 4” x 2-1/2” Y fitting.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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