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Evolution of a Shop #33: Bandsaw dust collection

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Blog entry by Cory posted 07-22-2012 08:17 PM 5728 reads 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Shop Fox bandsaw has a dust port at the bottom of the lower wheel. It does a decent job of getting the dust that stays in the cabinet, but like most bandsaws mine sends a lot of dust under the table. I had a few dust collection parts laying around and decided to try and add some dust collection just below the blade. Here’s what I came up with:

Overall shot

Detail of 2 1/2” port under the table

I epoxied a couple of rare earth magnets to the dust port. It rests on part of the base and the magnets hold it to the cast iron table

When I first connected my DC hose, the Y connection sagged down and almost came off the port on the saw. I cut a little bock of wood to support it.

A few more magnets hold it in place.

The improvement in dust collection is remarkable. It took about a half hour and some parts laying around. Wish I would have done this sooner.

Thanks for looking.

Cory

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 08:25 PM

Nice job!
I’m sure many will steal your idea & impement in their shops.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 10:48 PM

I know that’ll help you a lot. Very good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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javaboy

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 10:52 PM

Great idea to use powerful magnets—quick, simple, no drilling into your machine—nice!

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SPalm

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 11:23 PM

Cool. Thanks. I’ve got to do that.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 12:32 AM

Where do you get your DC hose? I’ve been trying to find some 1 1/4 hose for my plunge router. Any good sources?

I like the magnet idea alot… looks great!

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bullhead1

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 12:56 AM

I have the same saw. Thanks for your pictures, I’m on it as I have some extra fittings and hose around.

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 07-23-2012 03:01 AM

great fabrication!

was thinking about something of that sort ever since I got my saw (only has 4” port in lower wheel like yours). nice to know that it does add significant improvement.

thanks for posting

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 12:26 PM

Wow, never thought of doing that! I should try that on mine!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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