radial arm saw dust #1: how to make a good dust box

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Blog entry by Duane Fisher posted 03-06-2012 01:04 AM 3536 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i just got a radial arm saw and built a bech thats 8ft on each side of saw with it mounted in the middle i have a harbor fieght dust collector with 4in pvc line in shop and tried to make a box behide it to suck in the dust i get most but need help with your ideas please thanks duane

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David Kennedy

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 02:11 AM

I also need to address that issue with mine. Post some pics so we can get some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, W.V.

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Don W

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 12:47 PM

I did this as a test with good intentions of building it permanent. I haven’t got to the permanent part yet, but its worked well for me so far.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 05:50 PM

I built a dust box somewhat like DonW’s several years ago, and it worked fine, and still would, but I found something I liked better. The problem I had was that I couldn’t make cuts other than 90 degrees, like 30’s, 45s, etc. because the arm hit the box….So I looked around and found this… works pretty good, but still doesn’t work real good at different angle cuts….works good on 90 degree cuts, though….lol. I don’t cut anything but 90’s anymore…....anyway…here is my setup…........

-- " At my age, Happy Hour is a crap and a nap..."

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 08:42 PM

This setup works remarkably well, especially on boards 12” wide or less.
It will not work if you use your RAS for miters though unless you make an auxiliary fence like patron.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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