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Improved dust collection for contractor style table saw

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Blog entry by rmoore posted 10-16-2012 06:11 PM 1825 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use a shop vac as my dust collection system with a dust separator I built. I came up with this design to block off the opening in the back to keep the dust from flying out. While the shop vac doesn’t catch all the chips, it does keep the fine dust from flying around in the air.

The first picture shows it all together. The second shows it in pieces. The third shows the hardest piece to get right. I cut notches out to go around the splitter and motor mount and added some home made brackets to keep it in place. This piece is also the hardest to install. I have to turn it sideways, put it inside under the table top, then stand it upright and slide it in place. The major down fall is that I can’t angle the blade with it installed. Hope this helps someone with the same style saw and keeping the dust contained.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn



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FaTToaD

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 11:15 PM

Great job! I tried doing this with some thick card stock I stole from my wife. It worked for about a week. I’m thinking I may need to try something a little stronger like you did.

-- David

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FaTToaD

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 11:18 PM

Also, I used one of the 4” tablesaw/jointer hoods you can get from rockler to collect dust from the bottom of my saw. I mounted to a piece of 1/2” ply that fit under the saw. Now I just need to block the dust the comes out the back like you did.

-- David

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lew

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 11:38 PM

Neat!
I did something similar only I used rare earth magnets to hold the parts together. Makes it very easy to remove/replace them when tilting the saw blade.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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rmoore

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 11:50 PM

FaTToaD, I have thought about putting a collector on the bottom. That would make the chips clean up easier.
lew, Great idea using magnets. I love your Celtic knot pins!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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