Dust Hood for RIGID Belt Sander

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Project by Kevin May posted 06-11-2012 01:08 AM 4987 views 69 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t much of a project, but I think it is a beneficial accessory to the RIGID oscillating belt sander that I believe many of you LumberJocks may have (I’ve seen it in many photos posted on LumberJocks). By adding this simple dust hood, the efficiency of the vacuum system is increased significantly.

There are five features that should be noted:
1. It can be removed in seconds, just by lifting off
2. There is a hinged door at the downstream drive pulley that allows access to that end of the belt if needed.
3. It is very light, so easy to handle
4. It is wood, so if by accident, it comes in contact with the belt, the belt can easily create a bit of clearance (I started out thinking I would build a metal dust hood).
5. It can be made from scraps laying around almost any shop.

The only item to note on the design that may not be obvious is the use of a split wood clamp on the dust port that is used to capture the slot in the mounting piece. I created the clamp by cutting a 2-1/2” hole in a 3/4” thick board, then splitting and adding 2 clamp screws. It is clamped on the dust port, allowing just enough clearance for the slotted board to slide into.

Hopefully this idea is useful to another LumberJock.

Have a great week.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 01:27 AM

Cool, I have one of those sanders and the dust collection is not great. I will have to put this on my list to make. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 02:11 AM

Kevin great idea, my brother has that spindle sander. I’ll make sure he sees your post.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 02:13 AM

Kevin, I also have this exact sander and this looks like a great addition to it! Already added to my favorites. This will be a future project for me. Thanks for the post!

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 03:08 AM

I don’t have the sander yet but it is on my to buy list. When I do get it though this mod is one of the first things to do to it.

Thanks for sharing

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 05:06 AM

I really like that clamp you made out of wood. I must use that on several projects I am thinking of. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 06-11-2012 05:20 AM

Thanks… I have this Rigid sander and this looks like a nice ‘upgrade’ for it.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 09:53 AM

This is a definite favorite to build, thanks for the idea. This sander has become a tool used on almost anything I build.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 06-11-2012 11:54 AM

Already on my to-do list. Thanks for posting.


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#9 posted 06-11-2012 12:08 PM

Dust collection on that machine could really be improved, and looks like you did it.
Good job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 06-11-2012 01:45 PM

I have one of these sanders. I like it a lot, and this is a wonderful addition to improve dust collection. Very inventive and a great post. Thanks,


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#11 posted 06-11-2012 01:52 PM

great improvement on this one

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 03:55 PM

Adding to my must do list …thank you very much : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 04:57 PM

The ingenuity of folks like yourself never cease to amaze me! Well done.

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 05:31 PM

I made something similar a few years back

-- Bert

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#15 posted 06-11-2012 10:11 PM

Great idea Kevin!
One of those will have to go on the shop project list.
This is the type of dust collection hood that the manufacturer should have installed originally.

Thanks a bunch.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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