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Blog entry by Don W posted 1052 days ago 2705 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to post the dust collection for my Radial Arm saw. This is an old craftsman I bought used at least 20 years ago. Its served me well, and still continues to be on of my most used tools. The obvious shortcoming is the lack of dust collection. My thought has always been to build a “prettier” solution, but since time is often lacking in my shop, if it don’t stink…........

I started with a basic pottery barn card board box. A pottery barn box is not a must, as a matter of fact i’d suggest not getting anything delivered except their catalog. Some good idea’s can come from the catalog.

Let me know if your looking for further information. I think its self explanatory.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com



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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 1052 days ago

Very practical and affordable…Does it move with the arm when you cut a miter?

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RGtools

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#2 posted 1052 days ago

Nice. This is recycling at it’s finest.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#3 posted 1052 days ago

Greg, I don’t ever cut miters with this saw, so it never moves. The box itself doesn’t move. If I did miters I would just angle out the one side. I thought about doing that when i put it together, but I was in a hurry and didn’t bother. I doubt I ever will. If I ever built something more permanent, I’d let it swing with the saw.

RG, i recycle everything. Not because I’m green, because I’m cheep.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#4 posted 1052 days ago

I’m green and cheep.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 1051 days ago

Hey DonW,

I’m not trying to hi-jack your post, but thought I would show you my set-up on my RAS if you didn’t mind.

It’s a sheet metal duct w/ a 4” hook-up that’s tied into my dust collector, and a blast gate. I’ve had it this way for about 3 years, when I built the chopsaw and RAS work station. I put baffles on each side of the arm, and can be widened or narrowed to suit. If I close all of the other blast gates, this puppy will suck your eyeballs out….lol. Here’s a couple of shots of mine…


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Don W

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#6 posted 1051 days ago

Hey Rick. Thanks for the post. The penalty for hyjacking my post is you need to duplicate that hood and send it to me. :-) I’d say your saw is a little newer than mine. The dust collection on the guard is where it should be.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 1051 days ago

Hey Don, The saw is a 1985, and the chop saw you can’t see is the same age. Also, my old Craftsman table saw is the same age….all bought at the same time, and all still working great. As far as the hood, I bought it from Woodworkers Supply, along with a floor sweep, but I didn’t like it (it sucked..lol). And I do have a 1/1/2” hose for the d.c. on the guard… I just removed it for clarity..you’ve heard that before..right..?

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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