My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #12: Dust Collection for the sanders

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 07-25-2013 01:33 AM 2094 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the miter saw station almost complete, I had to stop and build a couple of coolers. Today I worked on setting up the dust collection for the sanders. It appears I will have room for a HF belt sander, the 1 inch strip belt sander, and the Oscillating sander. All three will fit nicely behind the miter saw fences.

With the miter saw station in place, I have about 7 inches of room from the back of the cabinet to the wall. So… :-)

  • I devised a plan to rout the dust from the miter saw to the Dust Deputy and then on to the Shop Vac.
  • I plan to use the Bucket Max for the three sanders.
  • Cut and fit 6 inch wide shelves to cover the area between the saw cabinet and the wall.
  • Use a pair of vertical supports to support the board on each cabinet.
  • Drill holes as needed so the pipes/hose can pass through the verticals.
  • Use 1 1/2 inch PVC Pipe and whatever it takes to make everything fit between the sanders and the Bucket Max. :-)

At least that is the ultimate goal.
However, for now, I need to temporarily hook up the 1 inch belt sander. When I get back from a road trip, I have another cooler ordered and that sander will be needed to sand the pieces for the Texans logo.

I mounted the two verticals to the back of the cabinet using pocket hole screws. Then I put the shelf in place and attached it with wood screws so it can be removed if needed. So far it looks good.

I drilled two holes for the dust collection to pass through. Lucky me, I think I covered one up with the belt sander! Just my luck.

This is all for now. When I get a chance, I will work on the other side and begin roughing in the pipe. Kinda makes me feel like a plumber. :-)

Here are several pics.
My crude “plan”.

Pics of the first shelf laying on the work table.

Both sanders temporarily set in place with a hose run to the one I need to use next week.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 01:02 PM

It looks like your set-up is gonna work just great!!! well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 09:18 PM

Wow! I didn’t realize it has been almost 2 years since I started on the dust collection. However, I have finally got it complete.

Following my original plan, I have plumbed up the PVC pipe and got it connected to the Dust Deputy and Shop Vac. The Dust Deputy sits at the end of the miter saw station in a small cubby hole part of the garage. The Shop Vac sits underneath the Miter Saw. The pvc pipe is not glued, but they are held in place with sheet metal screws and each joint is wrapped with duct tape.

Some of the joints had to be improvised. It seems no two items fit as they should. Several wraps with the heavy duty duct tape helps to take up the slack.

I now have several dust ports, each controlled by a blast gate. A couple of them are plastic and the last two I just finished making. Actually, mine work better than the store bought ones.

Port #1 – Miter Saw

Port #2 – General purpose connection for ROS, router, Clean up, etc.

Port #3 – 1 inch x 30 belt sander

Port #4 – 4 inch Belt Sander.


Plumbing behind the miter saw station

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 09:33 PM

Shop Made Blast Gates – How I made them

I used scrap pieces of 3/4 inch plywood and some 1/4 inch plywood. The spacers for the slide gate were also made from 1/4 inch plywood. I added 5 layers of painters tape to each one so the slide would be easy to move in or out. The spacers are attached to the bottom part of the gate with glue and staples. The top piece is attached with screws only so I can take them apart if needed.

I attached the 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe to the blast gate with a couple of pocket screws that just barely penetrate the plastic pipe. That is holding the pipe in place.

Finally, I attach the completed blast gate to the miter saw station with a couple of 2 1/2 inch pocket screws.

They seem to work very well.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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