I got a little distracted this evening – from working on my Bathroom Vanity project. After seeing the many posts and watching some of the videos that demonstrate the use and advantages of having a dust separator I decided to make one for myself. I already had the shopvac and the bucket – 5 gallon for now – so I stopped by the local tool store the other day and picked up some dust collector parts and swung by the plumbing supply store as well.
This evening I thought it would be interesting to compare the results of cutting a circle with my router to cutting one with my band saw. Since I already had a jig for the band saw I decided to whip one together for the router table. The results – as pictured – are mixed. First of all, the edge is really clean – which I like, but the amount of dust – expected – was significant. Next, cutting the disk took longer than anticipated.
This is the Router Jig
This is the edge of the disk from the Router
Next, I setup the circle jig n my bandsaw – much easier.
After cutting the disks you can see the difference.
All in all I would have to say that the bandsaw is the better choice for speed and efficiency. You could always go back and put a smoother edge with the router if you wanted to clean up the edge but I think the bandsaw will be the way for me in the future unless I need to put a large arc on something – then I will setup a jig on the router.
Here are the parts so far – ready for the next step.
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