Everything is moving along pretty well, I’m trying to improve the dust collection on my saw and I’ve done a few things I thought I would share.
I lined the bottom with some adhesive backed foam weather stripping, this produces a pretty tight seal around the base of the saw as it sits on it’s box. I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of the bottom of the saw before moving it into the wooden base and I’m not lifting it off to take a picture.
I made a false drawer that is a combination of ideas from zzzdoc and tedth66 that they did for their cabinets. I need to add a front and a handle so it will actually look like a drawer. But it’s great it angles the sawdust towards the dust collector port and I can remove it easily in case I drop anything down into the saw and I can’t get it out any other way.
Here is the front view with it inside the dust collection cavity under the saw.
Here is a side view.
And here is a top angled view I used the same adhesive backed foam weather stripping around the edges this makes for a super snug fit so I shouldn’t have to worry about air loss at least through there.
I added some craft sheet foam over the hole in front of the saw. It is in two pieces so it can move freely from 90 to 45 degrees without any problem and it helps close up the hole around the wheel. I forget what magazine I got this idea from but it seems to be a good one.
I tried the same thing for the back, hoping that I could keep it covered for 90 degree and 45 degree cuts, but when I rotate the blade to 45 degrees the foam just gets in the way and the way it rubs along the belt etc doesn’t seem good so I’ll be removing this foam and sticking with the small wood panels that tedth66 and zzzdoc used.
The goal is to get all the dust directed to this PVC fitting I have in the saw’s base. On top of that I have a dust right fitting that allows for quick detachment. I have another fitting that has a smaller port for the dust collection on the blade guard and I’ll switch to that once I get that set up.
My next step is to work on the permanent part of the outfeed table, I really want to get that set up soon it just feels safer to me than using shop rollers. Gonna look over tedth66’s and zzzdoc’s posts again to see how they made theirs and attached it to their saws.
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