Better Dust Collection on Ridgid Sander

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Project by HuckD posted 10-04-2013 12:27 AM 4673 views 35 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve used a Ridgid Oscillating Belt & Spindle Sander (4424) for years. I’m actually on my second one now. I have a 4” line from my Oneida dust collection system attached to it. It helps tremendously, but doesn’t get all the dust. While vacuuming dust off of it again this week I thought there must be a better way. Well, this afternoon I made a little shroud that, while not perfect, certainly is an improvement.

Description of pictures:

1. The completed shroud. The left side is clean! There’s a little on the right end still. I’ll have to think about that. This is from sanding a 45 degree angle on the end of a pine 2×2.
2. The base of the shroud. It bolts into the same hole as the little metal support that comes with the sander. There’s nothing fancy here. I just cut and taped paper until I had a suitable plan, then cut it from 1/2” plywood on the band-saw.
3. Then 4 more pieces of the plywood were cut for the vertical walls. They were glued on with simple butt joints. This should be fine as there’s no stress on this thing. Note that the miter ends on these pieces were created by sanding them at an angle – something this tool excels at. I hate taking my table saw off of 90 degrees.
4. Next the top was cut. The outside was just traced around the vertical pieces. the inside curve was made by using the orange filler piece that’s installed when using the spindle sander.
5. Another view of the completed shroud.
6. I thought I’d show where the dust used to accumulate on the left end of the belt. This was just from sanding the bevels of the 4 pieces.

This probably won’t work very well for spindle sanding. I have an idea for another shroud that may help with that…we’ll see. However, since most of my use of the sander is with the belt on I think this is going to be a big help.

As always, questions, comments and constructive criticism is always welcome.

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#1 posted 10-04-2013 12:58 AM

A man after my own heart. I love it. Built to fit!!!!!!!!!!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-04-2013 01:35 AM


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#3 posted 10-04-2013 01:59 AM

Hey Huck, I have the identical sander with the same dust collection problem. Thanks for sharing your solution with us.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 10-04-2013 10:48 AM

Huck, what do you do if you have a long piece to sand, it looks like the shroud will be in the way??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 11:58 AM

Capturing dust is like building a better mouse trap! This looks very effective! Nice work Huck!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 01:03 PM

Belg, there’s a second mounting hole on the jig that moves it left and back enough to allow sanding longer pieces. It’s not quite as effective in that location, but it’s better than nothing. You can see it in Pics 3 and 4.

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 01:53 PM

Are you using the built in dust collection port at the same time?

-- Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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#8 posted 10-04-2013 05:02 PM

Looks great for short pieces and outside curves but I just bought that sander specifically for sanding longer pieces and inside curves so it won’t help there. The sander is great in spite of the dust.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 10-04-2013 05:05 PM

This will be a great help! Thanks

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#10 posted 10-04-2013 05:15 PM

Marc, yes my dust collection is plugged into the standard dust collection port on the sander. This port does pull some dust underneath the belt mechanism. An adapter is used to get from the 4” host to the sander.

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#11 posted 10-04-2013 06:23 PM

I think you could just about fully enclose it, except for where the sanding happens of course. I have this same model and was thinking along these lines. Looks like a good solution.

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#12 posted 10-04-2013 06:39 PM

very cool. the DC on that unit could definitely use some improvement. nicely done!

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#13 posted 10-04-2013 08:03 PM

Well done! also a very necessary workpiece for todays thinking I like it. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 10-04-2013 08:43 PM

Very nice Huck. Great execution.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#15 posted 10-05-2013 02:45 AM

Going to have to try making me one.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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