Table Saw guard and dust control

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Project by bushmaster posted 01-04-2015 10:12 PM 5387 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shop improvement No. 3. I have been plagued by the dust kicked back from the saw during ripping. I had always wanted to build an overhead unit, but settled on one attached behind. the saw, loosen one bolt and it comes off for dadoes, angle cuts etc. I use all solid wood so I do allot of ripping. My electrolux hose just got shorter and a shark vacuum hose did the trick for a flexible light weight section. Living 300 miles from home depo you use what you have on hand. The counter weight idea didn’t work, could not find a spring, so robbed a shock cord that my wife was using,I will replace it with springs soon. Infact very soon.
It works wel, NO KICK BACK DUSTl so will use it till I come up with a better idea. Any commentS and improvement suggestions are appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 10:52 PM

It looks like it is going to work well for you.

Trying will tell the tale!

Would the hose bind less if it came though the upright rather than beside it? With it connecting just a few inches behind the upright? For easy removal of the vacuum.

Or would that just make it more cumbersome?

We have a drop-box and then I also run 1 or 2 other vacuums and can still have sawdust to sweep up.

One of the very few advantages to my urban prison is the proximity to Lowe’ HD—Harbor Freight, Rockler’s woodcraft and other suppliers as needed!

We even have a home-brewers supply about 3 miles away! I may have to start that eventually, just for the heck of it.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 02:08 AM

Nice! I’ve been thinking about trying something like this- it’s nice to see someone actually do it successfully! Now that I know it can work, I’ll have to get started. Well done!

-- -Tim

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 03:12 AM

Great Idea & well done Brian!

-- Made In Ontario, CANADA

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 01:08 PM

Very cool design

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 03:12 PM

It pays to do your research first, anyone considering to build something like this should look at project 86109 by steliart. He has some other great ideas for other things as well. I wanted an overhead unit but didn’t have a simple idea in my head at the time. I like what he has done. I would use a collector simuliar that I used with one side plexiglass as well as front. The rear entry of the hose is great but I would make a channel to front with a strip of wood to the front. Make the pickup guard as light as possible, had used 1/4 plexiglass for the side as I thought I would have to screw the thin plastic on the nose to it, but screwed to wood side was all that was needed. I could not find some thin plastic so I used cd case cover plastic. It is nice to use some plastic as you can see where your blade is cutting, watching the dust, it hits the slanted front, shoots up and into the collection tube. Hope to see more ideas posted.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 05:06 PM

Have you guys seen ? That’s what I did to my setup, works great.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 05:07 PM

Very inovative design. Interesting solution and mechanic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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