|Project by leec||posted 08-24-2016 04:27 PM||2009 views||12 times favorited||6 comments|
I have a Craftsman 113 series contractor table saw, which has an open back with the motor hanging out. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to close this off so that the dust collector chute I have on the bottom of the saw would work better.
All the solutions I’ve found online only seem to work with the blade at 90 degrees. They all say that to tilt the blade you need to remove the dust shield. The engineer in me figured there’d have to be a better way.
So, this 2-part system is what I’ve come up with. I cut it out of 1/4” MDF. One piece is stationary to the back of the saw – attached with 4 rare-earth magnets. The 2nd piece is attached to the part of the saw that tilts, using the 2 rods to which the motor mount is attached as the connection point.
Once I determined where the trunion pivot point was (where the saw blade exits the table), I took some measurements and laid it out in SketchUp. Not perfect, but I’ve closed off 80-90% of the hole.
That thin slot is clearance for the motor mount when the blade is at max height. I may have to account for that on the stationary piece when the blade is both tilted and at max height. I’ll wait and see.
-- Lee, Framingham, MA