Misc. Shop Stuff #42: A Slight Improvement... RAS Dust Collection

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-02-2014 06:44 PM 2079 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A good thing to do in 2014 involved capturing the sawdust thrown from my DeWalt RAS. This solution is stolen straight from “hjt” here on LJs. The key for me was using the Irwin expansion bit to get the right-sized hole in the backboard:

Scrap pine on three sides, cut to work behind the saw’s rear fence. Also low profile, to ride under the motor.

Connected to a very small shop vac.

A little bit of silicon caulk sealed the inside of the box and a small bead was laid down between the box and the saw top. Total cost was $0, and this ‘catches’ the vast majority of the wood chips that fly straight back from cross cuts. Big improvement!

As always, thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 07:21 PM

Nice! I need something that will work as well for my chop saw. I’m off to google it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 09:59 PM

Very nice.

Your RAS is color coordinated with your shop. To the last detail, huh?

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 11:14 PM

That’s an old Irwin Smitty. Mine is a bit more recent, but works like a charm. Nice upgrade to the RAS.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 11:44 PM

Smitty, I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even look to see what you’re posting, I just see you’re avitar and CLICK..(don’t have a RAS…) Good thinking.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 07:13 PM

I’m not under any dilusions; on the DC journey this likely doesn’t even count as a baby step, but it’s the first attempt at it in my family’s history and I’m at least a 4th-Generation wood butcher. The only way from here is UP, right? lol

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 06:03 PM

Good solution Smitty and the price is unbeatable. I just use a plywood hood on my slm saw, but vacuuming it has to be even better. I do vacuum mine (occasionally).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 02:46 AM

Dang Smitty, like the work there on catching the dust off that saw! Appreciate all the write ups you e done on the shop blog here, you’ve got a lot of ideas to throw out there, especially the “I have this, this and this, and I need a solution for that, not make something” mentality ones! On a day when it’s an absolutely unusual 6 Fahrenheit in my garage, it’s been a nice read through on the shop blog. Keep up the good work!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 01:11 PM

Keep that new shop clean my friend.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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