Hints and Tips #2: Let Your Jigsaw Blow the Dust!

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-15-2014 10:58 PM 1595 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Above] Behold a common jigsaw. This is actually MY jigsaw. I have 3, but one was my Dad’s, one I got from a friend. None of them are the good kind with a bearing supporting the back of the blade, but that’s OK. It works. I sometimes grab it for down and dirty work. What annoyed me was the way the sawdust would always obscure any line I was trying to follow. This meant that I’d have to play the Big Bad Wolf and keep blowing the dust away from the blade. Then I got an idea…

[Above] The motors on these saws blow air out as they run to help cool the motor. The area circled in red is only a small portion of the air outlet vent which is actually on both sides of the saw. I thought that if I could direct a little of that expelled air in the right direction, the saw would blow its own dust away.

[Three Photos Below] I took a piece of copper tubing, bent it a bit and shaped one end as best I could to fit on the saw to divert a little of the air flow. This could perhaps also be done with plastic tubing, but I didn’t have anything appropriate aside from copper tubing. It’s the bendable kind, not rigid pipe.

[Three Photos Below] I attached the copper tube with hot melt glue as shown. Before attaching it, I cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol (It was handy). You can use the poison of your choice.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 11:44 PM


That gives me an idea….
That can be a dangerous thing!!!

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

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#2 posted 11-16-2014 12:10 AM

Ideas are what it’s all about!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 11-16-2014 02:28 AM

That’s using your noggin, Dave! And your motor!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-16-2014 04:15 AM

You need to insert a reed into the tube so that you can whistle while you work, or I guess you can now do that on your own

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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