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Dust collection for my bandsaw

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Project by awsum55 posted 07-24-2018 07:09 PM 1417 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even though my bandsaw has a dust collection port, it really didn’t do very much. I always had a pile of sawdust at my feet and my guide bearings kept getting clogged even though they are sealed. The bottom of the table has a grid that I thought I could use to capture the dust before it fell on the lower bearings and the floor.

I added a box at the end of my dust port which acted as a splitter to be able to add another hose. Then I had to come up with a way to capture the dust below the table. It all had to be done with a friction fit so that I can change the blade when needed.

I made two blocks to keep a space between the top and bottom of the table and made a third block to fit on top of the bottom door to hold the plywood bottom up in place. Once I put the ply bottom in place I used the block on top of the door to hold it there. Then I wedged the two blocks between them to maintain the space. I made a zero clearance insert and drilled holes in it. I also drew lines on it to be able to see at a glance when my home made fence is straight.

-- John D, OP, KS





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 07:16 PM

Looks like a very effective solution!
I have an old Powermatic 141 that I’m still trying to figure out a collection adapter for. You gave me some ideas 8^)

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 08:50 PM

You rigged this up beautifully. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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pottz

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 10:21 PM

i got the same problem,my dust port(4”) just doesnt get much of the dust.your giving me some idea’s i may able to use on mine.thanks for sharing this john.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 11:06 PM

Ahh, Too lazy to sweep;SO HAD much better IDEA!

Great Idea ===Great Job!

My lazy side has made a few adjustments too! I think necessity is just a nicer word for us lazy bums!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 12:06 AM

Very neat solution a’55.


Even though my bandsaw has a dust collection port, it really didn t do very much.
- awsum55

Even though I have 2×100mm ports on my bandsaw, I still have a similar issue regarding collection efficiency. All be it, I keep rediscovering that it does even less collection when I forget to switch blast gates (on).

.... just a nicer word for us lazy bums!
- ralbuck

Hey ralb’, we all have lazy bums… it’s that stupid brain that refuses to issue the moving orders.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 01:06 AM

Another garage engineering wonder.

NICE!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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CampD

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 12:31 PM

The old bandsaw dust collection problem, I’ve tried many but always get tired of putting the bottom back on and its back to the same problem.
What you’ve come up with looks a lot easier than a lot of mine (I tend to over engineer it).
Think I’ll give your’s a try, Thanks for posting!

-- Doug...

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Redoak49

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#8 posted 07-25-2018 12:34 PM

Very well thought out and built

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 07-25-2018 01:04 PM



..... (I tend to over engineer it).....
- CampD

Hey CampD, if you are going to self flagelate, use ”past the al dente” cooked spaghetti… messy on the shirt but gentler on the shoulder blades.

Only issue I find with over engineering is that it is usually a one show pony applicable only to the bulges of your individaual machinery… at least over engineering means that the old grey matter is still trying to function.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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