After cleaning up my shop my next task was I wanted to keep it clean. I did this first by building an enclosed router table that I already blogged about, and my next area I needed to improve was my table saw.
All of my other tools have dust collection except for my uber cheap Ryobi BTS10S. I’ve made a few improvements for it with jigs I made a project about a while ago, but the one thing it was still lacking was dust collection. My wife, Ren, sewed a canvas dust bag for it that did a decent job for the first year while I was still learning about setting up a shop. After using it for that long though I thought DC on the TS could be greatly improved. Too much super fine dust was making its way out of all the gaps around the TS.
First task was to seal these gaps that were surrounding the top with about a 1 1/2” clearance in an cheap fashion to complement the cheap table saw. The top was a cutout design so I had to plug them.
Then, I cut a hole out of a piece of 3/4” particle board and mounted an angled box inside of that with a 4” opening on the back. Notice the extra table space I gained with this. It isn’t much since I didn’t want to add more supports, but at least my push stick and fence now have a better place.
The angled box is 1/2 walls with a 3/4” back where the port is. Everything was cut with a jigsaw and glued and screwed and then sealed with caulk all edges.
Here it is after attaching the TS to it. I used 3/8” thick closed cell foam insulation table between it and the wood to hopefully help with vibrations and seal it even better to get that vacuum working.
It sucks really well. Much better than a passive DC bag I had before that only got the heavy stuff.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN