Fighting Dust #3: Tablesaw Overhead Dust Collection part #2

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 11-28-2010 12:23 AM 2281 reads 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s the dry fit mock up for the overhead dust collection system. I’ve had to change my original idea of being able to “swing” the whole thing out of the way to lifting the entire unit up and out of the way. The Y fitting ended up being too close to the DC riser to allow enough “slop” in the DC hose for the unit to swing back. I think lifting it is a better solution in the long run. I can use my friend gravity to help hold it down and in place.

So here is the final product. The pipe is cantilevered out over the saw and is supported by an 1/8” wire rope. The pipe can be made level by adjusting the turnbuckle at the guard.

I was able to move my PVC pipe back a couple of inches which allows me to add a longer hose connecting it to the main DC riser. Now the entire unit can be lifted up and out of the way quite easily.

I installed a pulley high on the bracket to run the wire rope through.

I then installed a couple of U clamps on the wire rope so that it can be captured by a couple of screws. To raise or lower the pipe, you just pull the rope and hook the clamp under the screws. I like the KISS approach.

The pipe has some for to aft movement in it. I’m not sure if this is going to be an issue or not. I need to use it a little while and see how things shake out.

The Dust Collecting Blade Cover I purchased from Bob Ross over at the BORK store. I will post a full review of the DCBC once I have a chance to run it through it’s paces. I can say this about it, it’s a real beast and I can’t wait to give it a whirl. The other great thing about the DCBC is that Bob essentially custom made it to my specifications. How cool is that?

Thanks for reading,

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 06:21 AM

Chunk !! ( OK that was weird )LOL !! CC, Your over head DC system is very Intriguing and looks impressive as well . I am in the middle of putting one on my saw as well and have designed a sliding fixture mounted over head to the ceiling in which the blade guard and DC hose will attach. But Your design is a promising alternative and I will be interested in how You make out with its operation ? Also thanks for posting the blade guards web site, I had not heard of it and it looks like a quality piece ! Once again great looking upgrade and wishing You much success with this unique project ! Looking forward to Your reviews .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 04:37 AM

Now THAT is a good job.. I am a huge fan of my Shark Guard, but for non through, or very narrow cuts I lose my overhead dust collection, you have a good solution here!

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