Dust port modification for Ryobi spindle sander

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Project by Elizabeth posted 582 days ago 1584 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a Ryobi oscillating spindle sander from an estate sale a couple of years back. There’s a dust collection port on the bottom, but it’s so shallow I didn’t even know it was there until I read online that this model has them! You can see it on the left in the third picture.

When I set up my dust collection system, I needed a way to attach this sander to the system. I bought an angled dust port with flange from Rockler, but it didn’t line up with the screws on the sander. So I made a plywood block that would attach to the sander via friction (the angled side) and two accessible screws, and attached the flange to it. I lined the two surfaces with double sided tape to decrease the number of leaks in the system.

It works well! Not much of a project, but I figured I’d post it in case anyone else is struggling with a similar shallow dust port connection.

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#1 posted 582 days ago

Nice job.

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#2 posted 582 days ago

looks good…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 582 days ago

Looks great, very nice.

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#4 posted 582 days ago

I have the same sander with a similar problem in that the collection port opening is too big and shallow to hold the vacuum hose. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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#5 posted 582 days ago

These ideas are always worth sharing as many usually have the same equipment. I’m sure it will be appreciated.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 580 days ago


That is a great idea. My Father just passed one of these onto me and I have been trying to figure out a good way to keep the dust collection on the system.

I am going to have to whip one of these up!

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#7 posted 579 days ago

Glad to head it, MolokMot! BTW the metal piece surrounding the vent looks like it will come off if you remove four screws (two inside the base and two outside it) but it won’t; the metal extends farther into the unit. But you can use the two screws on the outside as mounting points for your piece of wood.

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