|Project by Jeff2016||posted 03-06-2016 03:18 PM||603 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
My older craftsman TS has to be the worst at flinging dust. No dust collection port is built in so I needed another option.
After reading this forum post by Juicegoose a plan began to form in my head. I have neither the space or the funds for a proper dust collection system yet, so i needed a stand that provided it’s own downdraft.
The end result, while not perfect, is far better than I expected.
The entire stand is made from reclaimed parts and wood. The frame is PT 2×10 salvaged from an old picinic table and ripped to size. The plywood is simply scraps of 1/2” sheating grade ply laying around looking for something to do.
The fan itself came from an old dehumidifier and has a sealed housing. The only cost I incurred was $3.46 for the cover plates on the electrical boxes. (sometimes it really pays off to have a pile of odds and ends laying around.) I wired the switches in series so the saw will not run until the fan is turned on.
For guys like me who don’t have the room to upgrade from a bench top TS, this is a handy solution to the dust issue.
The cabinet is actually larger than it needs to be, and the 3/4 ply top is only temporary as I plan to build a larger steel table for the saw and I know the plastic body wouldn’t support the weight so I opted to make the cabinet large enough to use for support of the table when I get it together.
A sacrificial extension cord and a pair of wheels make this easily moved to the side when not in use, and can be set up anywhere within 20’ of an outlet. A bit of old pegboard will give me a place to hang my push sticks that is close at hand.
I still need to seal off parts of the TS body, but I bummed a smoke from a buddy last night and could watch the smoke being pulled down the blade insert while my hand rested on the table about 4” away.
Got to say thanks to Juicegoose for getting the creative thoughts flowing!
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