|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 04-13-2008 05:54 AM||10429 views||18 times favorited||13 comments|
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
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