|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-20-2012 03:36 PM||5933 views||10 times favorited||35 comments|
So my 1938 Atlas Tablesaw had no dust collection. It made quit a mess cutting 1500 tiles and I was tired of cleaning up all that sawdust. So before I cut the large tiles I decided to make a dust collection hood using 1/2in 9ply Baltic Birch Plywood.
I tapered it down on three sides leading to the port. I then caulked every seam and screw. On the top I added a slot to store the heavy steel fence. I finished it with a coat of Tung Oil. Then once the tablesaw was mounted I caulked its connecting seams as well.
It works pretty well and collects about 85 to 90 percent of the sawdust. The Atlas has an Outboard motor so the rear of the table saw has a huge hole to allow for the belt and supports. I plan on creating a horse hair cover/shroud which will flow around the belt and supports and block up most of the hole. That should bring the number up to about 95% I hope:). I believe the reason it does so well now is because there is a cast iron down draft shroud molded around the blade that direct the dust down to the collection trap I crafted.
I really do love this little saw. My brother got it for me for $50 dollars….well no…I paided him back so I guess this one I got for me:). But he found it for me:).
(Ignore the mess in the shop!!!:) )
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate