|Project by Macster||posted 07-01-2013 12:09 PM||1509 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I got an older thickness planer from a guy on Craigslist for a really good price. It didnt come with any kind of dust collection as it is and older Harbor Freight model. Before you say anything about Harbor Freight, i didnt know it was HF until i was on my way to get it. He had it listed as a Delta, since that turned out to not be the case, he came off the price that i had already talked him down to on the Delta. So i decided to give it a go. He also told me if i didnt like it he would give my money back.
ANYWAY… like i said, it didnt have any dust collection. For a planer that is no bueno. Chips flew EVERYWHERE!!. so i got to work thinking how i could collect the chips. the store bought funnel type ports wouldnt fit mine so that was out. So i had to make it.
I had some 1/4” ply laying around, i didnt want to use too thick of stock because of the way i had decided to connect it to the unit. i decided to make a box that kind of sandwiched the chip opening between the top and bottom pieces of the box, which would also hold the box in place. The box is entirely put together with glue, being that its only 1/4” ply there was no room for screws or even brads. i do have some support triangles inside the box for rigidity. it overlaps the unit by 1” on top and bottom, there is no sag at all when i connect the dust hose.
UPDATE* *The last picture shows what the first iteration looked like. At the time of the above post it was working great, and still does to catch the chips, but, i pushed it on to hard or far one time and one of the glue joints busted partly. After that it would sag a little so i had to use a clamp to keep it on the planer. That was a time waster having to get the clamp just right so it didnt have too much pressure to bust the glue joint altogether.
The new one is fixed to the planer using 2 of the bolts on top that hold the handles on (I took the handles off). It’s very sturdy. the bottom of it goes into the planer 2” and there is no glue on this one…put together with screws so i can replace a side if it gets damaged or add in a plexiglass piece later
As always thanks for looking! Any and all suggestions or comments are welcome.
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