|Project by SimonSKL||posted 01-04-2010 at 11:36 AM||4745 views||36 times favorited||22 comments|
I received a Ridgid oscillating sander from my wife as a Christmas present. Among all the belt sanders that I looked at and researched, Ridgid is the one that I like the most and has the best reviews. HD has never discounted this sander but with 15% online rebate from Ridgid that was my incentive to get it now.
The dust collection efficiency of this sander is okay but there is still a lot of saw dust got thrown off at the end of belt. Sanding dust are so fine and they just float in the air. I want to do something to capture as much of the sanding dust as I can.
The work rest bracket gave me the idea to build and attach a dust hood to the end of the belt. I use the work rest as a template to make the top and bottom panels out of 1/8” acrylic sheet. To keep the hood from rotating into the belt a small piece of acrylic is glued on the bottom as a stop (picture 4 and 5). BTW the opaque acrylic panels were rejects from a previous project (Accent Lamps). I never thrown anything away if I think I can use them later:)
Here is a video on how well the dust hood works. The noise is from the shop vac. The Ridgid sander is really a quiet machine.
Thanks for looking!
-- Simon, Danville, IL