So I have an old 40 pound cat litter container. You know the kind the litter comes in, hard plastic, looks sort of like a square 5 gallon bucket?
Well it’s been sitting under my Strong Tie workbench, been there for years, just waiting for some great idea, or even dim witted idea to come to me and beg to be used… Well tonight, is partially that night…
I have been fine tuning my router wing, and one area is is desperately lacking is in under table dust collection. Now HERE is where the bucket comes into play…
Step #1. Verify the thing gives enough room. (it does).
Step #2. Mark and cut out access door hole. SUPER hard to get straight, which I didn’t, no big deal. Not going to use the plastic for the door anyway…
Step #3. Build frame for door from scrap plywood. (Okay I bypassed this step for now, and the next one too!) Install door frame.
Step #4. Cut out scrap plywood door. Yes I have a LOT of scrap 3/8” ply…
Step #5, build turn knob / latch assembly from hardwood scraps. Gee that cherry cutoff from the other day is just right, I think… Oh and 1/4” dowel to give it something to pivot on… Attach to door.
Step #6. Measure and mark hole location for dust port.
Step #7. Cut out dust port hole.
Step #8. Patch bottom of tub where the nubs are where the jigsaw blade went too far… Thank God for duct tape!
Step #9. Dig through dust collection parts scraps for 4” S&D nipple, Fail to find one. Cut nipple from 4” pipe…
Step #10. Glue 4” nipple to main body using clear silicone adhesive caulk.
Step #11. Install hinges on side of door opposite turn knob and on door frame lining it all up nicely so the turn knob will catch on the frame to latch the door.
Step #12. Drill 3 @3/4” makeup air holes in side opposite dust port toward top.
Step #13. Remove nasty plastic plugs that stick on the drill bits.
Step #14. Align to bottom of wing / router table, and install using 3” deck screws.
Step #15. Test fit router.
Step #16 realize you forgot to make a provision for passing the power cord through.
Step #17. Remove door. Measure, mark, cut and sand appropriate slot to pass power cord through.
Step #18. Reinstall door.
Step #19. Once Silicone sealant is fully cured, install 4” flex hose.
Step #20. Pick the nastiest most dust / shaving producing bit you’ve got, set it up and test, test, test…
Not all steps are complete, or even being done in this order. But I am fairly certain that the steps ALL WILL be undertaken. Even the stupid remembering things AFTER they should have been done steps…
Yep. That’s the way it’s gonna go… Wish me luck!
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