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Project by Shopsmithtom posted 2299 days ago 9997 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently reviewed my new Delta TP305 planer (which I mis-typed as YP305) and since it doesn’t come with any way to collect dust & chips, I decided to stay true to (cheap) form by adding one to the machine. I don’t have a real dust collection system so I decided to use my shop-vac to suck it up.
I used an extra standard plastic shop-vac tube and notched it to slip on the cutterhead guard using 3 small screws. The blue end cap is a paint spray can top.
Other than drilling the 3 screw holes, the only other modification I needed to do was slit the side of the guard and peel it back to open it up for air flow. I could have cut out the shape of the tube, but chose to just make the slice & bend in case it didn’t work, I could bend it all back with minimal change to the guard.
The good news is that when I planed a board, most of the chips ended up in my shop-vac. Total cost…well nothing, I had all the pieces laying around. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2299 days ago

That a pretty good idea. I could have saved some money, because I bought the dust chute way back when.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Napaman

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#2 posted 2299 days ago

INGENUITY…ONCE AGAIN…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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USCJeff

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#3 posted 2299 days ago

Awesome. I commented on the review about the lack of DC. I have the same model and will give this a shot. I have some tubing at hand so it’s worth a shot at no cost. I have a weak DC, but it does more than my higher quality shop vac. I want to try the shop van, however. It will be easier to use than running more tubing and blast gates. Thanks.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2299 days ago

SST,

Very good idea. Once again you show how thrifty that you are. ( I would never even think of using the word cheap) :)

I am like Gary. I wish I had seen something like this earlier. I just bought a chute for my Delta unit last month.

Thanks for the post. As ever you are an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Tony Z

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#5 posted 2299 days ago

I was going to do this but the delta part for this was only 17.00. So I just bought it.

-- Tony, Ohio

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Woodhacker

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#6 posted 2299 days ago

That’s pretty cool. My brother has a Delta, I’m going to show him this. Thanks
for the idea.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Grant Davis

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#7 posted 2298 days ago

Form and function, what more can you ask for.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Shopsmithtom

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#8 posted 2298 days ago

Just a follow up…I need to check & clean out my shop-vac filter often to retain good suction, otherwise, it seems to be doing fine. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Larry

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#9 posted 2295 days ago

SST – one thing you might try is the dust bags for the shop vac – after putting one of those in my shop vac -
the filter never fills – except for some very light dust – which is very easy to get rid of – and all of the wood chips/dust goes into the dust bags – when its full – just toss it. I picked the bags up at my local Home Depot.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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Shopsmithtom

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#10 posted 2295 days ago

Great idea, I wasn’t aware of that. I’ll probably get some today. Thanks

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 2231 days ago

Interesting idea, I have a Dewalt 733 with no dust collection manifold…I may be able to rig something up based on your idea. Thanks.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Texasgaloot

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#12 posted 2128 days ago

The DC hood came with my planer, BUT… it connects to the rear of the planer right in the center. You are very clever for making your connections to the side of the planer—the boards come through mine and often pop the hose right off the end of the chute (which I find more desirable that being trapped inside the planer…)

Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Delta356

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#13 posted 1379 days ago

I wish I saw that sooner, I already bought a Delta dust chute for my planer, great Idea>>

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWRKING INC

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