|Project by ADHDan||posted 02-26-2015 03:11 PM||2351 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
Ever since I put my router table in my table saw wing I’ve had some issues with dust collection. My old standalone table had a dual port for above and below-table dust collection, but as much as I love the Bench Dog cast iron table it does make it harder to catch the dust. Under-table collection of course is a struggle, but in addition I often route without the fence with guided bits or my table saw fence – and without the fence on the table, there’s basically no way to catch dust as it’s being generated.
So, I rigged up this bracket to mount my Dust Right handle on any steel or iron surface. The jig is very simple: it’s a square of scrap plywood with a Rockler Dust Right bracket to lock the handle, and a 4” pipe hanger bracket to keep it from wiggling too much. The handle locks into the bracket and then slides forward into the pipe hanger. The plywood is notched on either side of the brackets to fit a Harbor Freight switchable magnet, which is bolted to the jig through vertical wood blocks glued to the plywood.
This was a really simple concept with a surprisingly difficult execution, because when the Dust Right handle is perched on the edge of a table the weight of the handle and the hose tends make it difficult or unpredictable to properly position the handle where it will catch most of the dust. Thus, I decided to use a larger square of plywood and two separate brackets to keep the handle in place.
And it works great. I’ve used it on my router table and my bandsaw, and with a little effort (such as affixing a drop-down piece of angle iron to a joist) I probably could even tweak it to provide some above-table dust collection for the table saw.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.