Benchtop thickness planer
Dust collection port quick release mod.
So here we are at part two:
The dust collection is said to clog up and since I will be using the small size hose I want to be able to easy clean the port if it should happen.
But more important for me is to make the planer portable…
I am completely surprised that Dewalt can make a portable planer and then make a fixed port that goes on with tiny metal screws and after you can’t close it up for transportation, without a screwdriver and the luck of not losing the tiny screws. My dear!!! It is so stupid that it should be against the law I think.
So after watching fishfreak911’s video I decided to make my own version of this mod.
Dust collection port quick release:
So here you see the planer open and the dust collection hood on the in feed table.
Please also notice my sexy hose mod with blue paint tape…
Rome was not build in one day.
So the port is mounted on to the cutter with tiny metal screws here…
As you can see – easy to access and screw especially on site in withers time with gloves…
So first part of the mod id to drill three holes just under the edge of the hood and drive three self-cutting screws, this makes a fine support for the hoods underside.
The screws are the type used for metal frame plasterboard systems, they have a nice big head that can support the port fine.
And here you see it with the hood taken off.
Instead of the two top screws in each side I mount one of these fast clicks that can lock the hood in place with the need of no tools.
Again predrilled holes and self-cutting screws, but you can also use rivets here instead.
Ready for use.
Easy to remove.
Look how fine it stores away inside and please notice I keep ear protection at hand, this is a noisy beast.
So closed up and ready to go.
This is such an easy mod, that it took 15 minutes and will make life sooooooooooooo much more easily later, that I think it is not worth not doing.
A big thank you to fishfreak911 for his video that got me going on this.
Hope this can bring some inspiration. perhaps even some mod’s.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.