Now that my thoughts have been put on paper, I figured that it would be useful for others to see my current workstations setup and some details on the design.
The design was taken from an old shopnotes issue. I had to make some modifications to the dimension to accomodate the saw but for the most part the workstation is similar. However, rather than a router table in the right wing, I decided to put a downdraft table. The table saw has quite a bit of storage for storing blades, accessories and sanding supplies. A 6” blast gate is connected to the back of the workstation just behind the downdraft table.
In addition to the dust collection on the downdraft, a 6” duct connects to the botton of the table saw cabinet. getting behind the saw to move the blast gate proved to be a pain so I decide to use an old lawn mower switch cable and one of my wife’s hair elastics to make a self closing blast gate. I pull the cable to open the blast gate. When I release the cable catch, the blast gate closes from the tension in the hair band.
I have access to the back of the saw through a cutout in the outfeed table which is removable. You can see I have the back of the saw closed off to help direct the airflow. Several opening in the front of the saw are left open in order to direct airflow from the front of the saw and down inside the cabinet to a chute which connects to the 6” port.
Thats it for now….Next up, I have started cutting parts for my overhead collection.