My war on dust in my shop #1: First router bucket

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Blog entry by exelectrician posted 08-21-2012 08:00 PM 2262 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Using what I had lying around in my shop I decided to try and get every last grain of dust to my DC before it got me.

I cut the top of the bucket off to equal the height I had from the table top to the router table.

Then I cut with my jigsaw a 2 3/4” hole for the outlet and then cut slits radiating out from the hole to the 4 1/8” line. I then took pliers and bent the tabs out, pressed the 4” irrigation pipe in and secured it with 3/4” flashing screws. I could have caulked the join but I didn’t.

Using 4” fittings throughout and irrigation pipe I secured a 45o cutoff piece to the fence then a 90o sweep and a short piece to a wye. I used two flashing screws in each of these joins so I have the option to loosen or adjust later. The pipe is a somewhat tight fit in the wye so I coupled the stub to a 6” long (stretched out ) piece of dustrite (Rockler) pipe to the stub in the bucket, this allows me to remove the fence with all the other stuff and look inside the bucket.

I can now slip this pipe into the wye and it stays put. to get the Dustrite connector to be an easy fit to the irrigation pipe is a bit of a chore, after trying several differrent methods I found the easiest way is to put it on the disc sander and go very gently all the way through the white plastic untill the black starts showing evenly all the way around, for 3” of length.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 12:12 AM

just scored one of those workbenches on CL the other day. not the highest end bench but it works better than my last (none)!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 04:34 AM

I got the bench and the router table /lift /router on C’sList. I added the Kreg Switch and the Wixey later.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 08:34 AM

Having seen what is lying on the surfaces of my shop after an afternoons woodworking I can see why you have gone to great lenghts to eradicate dust from your shop.

The nose is a great filter but I’m sure it will appreciate a little help.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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