Poor Man's Dust Collector

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 06-02-2011 02:32 AM 2876 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After buying a dust collector system that wouldn’t fit my machine, I decided to make my own. The panels are 1/8” bead board that I had laying around. The sides are bolted on. The back covers are held on with magnetic tape. I used hardware store foam insulation to seal the table to the base. The hose attachments are plumbing fittings.

It works surprising well. The larger pieces are caught in the base and have to be removed, but it does a very good job a sucking up the fine dust.

I can already see a few changes that could be made to improve it. The paneling has warped a little, so I would replace it with tempered hard board. I think that I would use rare earth magnets rather than magnetic tape. That being said, it seems to work well enough that I probably won’t change anything.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 02:36 AM

Thats a really cool idea. I dont think I’ve seen that done before! hmmm…..gets me thinking…..

I’m a poor man…...I dont have a dust collector…....

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 03:17 AM

Jim, that’s very inovative. Does the modification interfere when make angled cuts?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 03:52 AM

I like it Jim. I actually had a similar setup on my saw but have not reassembled it since having the motor worked on. (The motor on my Delta is a direct drive) I didn’t think about creating the angle down like you did. Mine worked ok for the fine particles, but a good bit of dust accumulated in the cavity I had created. Great idea you’ve shared. I think I’ll see if it will work for me.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 06:32 AM

Great Idea, I hope that 2” hose pulls enough air. Putting the outflow point at the bottom end of the slope would have worked better. I always have a concern about a spark or a hot ember from a burned cut igniting the sawdust that remains in the bottom of my Delta cabinet saw so I try to keep it clean. At least mine is all metal so a fire would be contained….for a while.
I keep thinking I need to put something like that under my jointer instead of cleaning up the floor all the time but never seem to get to it. To many other fun things to build.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 09:45 AM

Looks like a great idea. Nice job.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 11:29 AM

Nice work and well done. Nice to save money and make something your self.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 12:48 PM

I’ve made something similar. my box is square though and I’ve got a toilet flange for an out to the vac. I also have a trap door in the bottom to do a good clean out sometimes. I find that 95% of the dust goes down into the box.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 02:20 PM

and shazam, you now have a cabinet saw…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 08:17 PM

Done one like it myself. neat

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 06-03-2011 02:49 AM

Nobuckle, I’m going to have to remove the upper cover for angled cuts. I’m afraid I’ll have to put up with the dust when I do a 45.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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