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Project by Manitario posted 11-13-2017 09:33 PM 1002 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a Shark Guard that has worked well, but it is annoying to remove frequently for dado cuts. As well, I find the 4” flex duct on it slightly bends its riving knife and makes it harder to push boards through. I had debated about buying the new Sawstop overhead guard, but I wanted to maintain the 4” duct (Sawstop and Excalibur boom tube are 3”). So, bought some Unistrut and put together this setup. Fully adjustable but I don’t really ever move my TS so I don’t anticipate having to adjust it very much now that it is set up.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 09:40 PM

Nice solution, and I have to add, NICE SHOP!

Well lit, plenty of space, and obviously an army of elves to keep it so tidy 8^)

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Manitario

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 09:49 PM

Thanks, after raising my army of elves, I had to build the shop to keep them busy…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 11:10 PM

So what’s the verdict? Works pretty well I imagine.

The Sawstop has pretty darn good dust collection without any topside help. I like the look of your setup. How do you have your gates rigged? Top and bottom with separate gates?

I have been using an iVac automated gate on my tablesaw and it is an absolute luxury.
Grngate makes good ones too.

Thanks for posting and very nice work!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 11:42 PM

As I have noted before, you have a lot more space, like quadruple, and a lot better equipment than I. Years ago, I started to put together an overhead dust control system, and just never got around to it. I may do it yet, because every time I cut less than the width of the blade off, crap flies everywhere. But with normal cuts I am good.

Of course, I am keeping up two shops, and that is an issue in itself. Like, which shop do I have this gizmo at and where is it if it is at this shop?... (-:

In Anchorage I am using a hot rodded Delta Contractor’s Saw, but it has very unusual under the table collection. It is one of my delinquent project postings. But I am ambivalent, since it is way too difficult to do for the benefit derived, at least in my view. But i swear I will post it, maybe in the next few days, just so you can see where a little OCD can lead you…

So I will look at your shop and dream, and reconsider my overhead collection.

Sigh.

Old man talking…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 11-14-2017 08:35 AM

Everybody that has responded did the same thing. We drooled over your space. LOL! Didn’t think I’d need a lot of space but big machines require it? Nice sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Manitario

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 04:19 PM

Thanks guys! Yes, it’s nice to have a good amount of space. When we bought our current home and reno’d it, my stipulation was that we also build a shop for me.

Willie; You’re right; I have two separate blast gates for the top and bottom.

Jim; I may have a bigger shop but you have the luxury of two shops! I imagine it’d be hard to have two though, like you said, you need two sets of tools etc. and where do you put the new tools you get? I too have a long running list of shop projects I just never get around to doing. This year though, managed to knock a few off the list.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 04:35 PM

I have two shop projects to post, one of them the DC for the TS, although it is more than that. I think I have the photos here, since I dumped everything into the cloud. I’ll check it out.

Two shops are not easy, but it has worked out better than I thought. It also makes the vacation home a lot more inviting. My wife has kinda duplicated her hobbies in both places as well. She can carry along quilting, knitting, or spinning projects from one house to the other, but it is rare I can carry a woodworking project on the plane to work on. It did happen once, a small memento box to be buried with my deceased mother-in-law. I resawed the pieces in Anchorage, and assembled and finished it here in La Conner. But that was the only time.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 11-14-2017 05:12 PM

Oh, and then the other problem with two shops, you have twice as many shop projects!!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Manitario

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#9 posted 11-14-2017 07:00 PM

My wife knits a lot as well and I’m often envious that her hobby is much more portable than mine.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 11-15-2017 12:42 AM

Sigh… (-:

Working on the presentation for the DC project for the Anchorage saw…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 11-15-2017 02:18 PM

Nice set up I’ve thought of doing a similar set up for some time.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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