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Table Saw Fence-Arm Dust Collection/Blade Guard

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Project by Matt posted 09-02-2015 05:00 PM 1889 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I needed a new blade guard for my table saw as the Ridgid one that came with it was crap. This one was made from some 3/4” plywood, a piece of 3’ T-track from woodcraft, a few knobs and bolts, and scrap lexan/plexiglass that I had laying around the shop. It is hooked up to the Y that I put inbetween my 4” D/C port at the back of my saw. I put in a 2” blast gate so that I could shut off the Suction to it in case I disconnected it to run my sled or something of that nature. I researched this from a bunch of online plans for it. I didn’t want to use a spring and arms hanging from the ceiling or from a mobile base because it was too cumbersome.

The only disadvantage to it, is that the farther I stretch it away from the fence, the heavier it is. This is only a problem when I have to push wood under it and make BOTH sides of the plexiglass move up, which makes the front drop. It’s not a big deal, it’s just an annoyance. As you can see, the plexiglass is on sway hinges and moves up as I push the material through it. Ideally, it’s only one side at a time, but once in a while both sides have to go up. I just hold the front up.

Feel free to message me with any questions.

Enjoy.

-- Matt





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Kurt T. Kneller

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#1 posted 09-02-2015 06:15 PM

I had the same issue with my Rigid ts guard. What a POS. Here is the link to what I did. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/120649
I considered the same design you have but I did not want to support it via the fence for the exact reason you mentioned. I am planning to modify the guard to be more narrow and to have independent sides as opposed to have to set the elevation depending upon material thickness.

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 07:09 PM

Yours looks awesome as well. I do like the heavy bar idea across as opposed to a T track. Never even crossed my mind. Great idea! Thanks for commenting.

-- Matt

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#3 posted 09-03-2015 01:13 AM

Here’s a link to my sketch up model

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