|Project by bsherman||posted 01-06-2010 06:14 AM||7986 views||16 times favorited||6 comments|
Here is how I set up my Ridgid TS3650 for dust collection.
I did this about a year ago and thinking it would be temporary, while I decided whether to make something nicer, or buy a more DC friendly saw. It works great, and I don’t have any plans to change it.
The underside is connected to a 2 HP dust collector and the guard is connected to a shop vac, both located in a shed outside the shop.
The back is closed in by 2 pieces of hardboard that slide into a rabbeted piece of plywood. The pieces overlap and the guard holds it tight to the saw.
For the dust collection on the guard, I cut off the end of a shop vac attachment, and cut a hole in the top of the guard to fit. (A file was used to fine tune the fit.)
There is also a small piece of clear plastic glued to the inside of the guard to keep dust from shooting out the bottom towards me.
The bottom is closed in with 2 pieces of wood attached to a 6” metal duct. 2 pieces of wood, so I could fit it in there without taking the saw off the base. (Yeah, lazy, I know.)
The front is covered with a magnetic sheet, and the gaps under the top, are stuffed with pieces of pipe insulation.
I also use a ZCI and removed the under guard from the saw. The under guard didn’t seem to make any difference though. (You guys think that’s unsafe?)
For downsides, I have to take this apart for beveled cuts, but I don’t do that too often. And, sawdust does collect inside the corners of the cabinet, but I haven’t seen any ill effects from that.
(Is it bad form to post this kind of thing as a project, instead of a blog?)
Thanks for looking!