to make my routing work environment more enjoyable i added a few different dust collection systems to my router table. as well as showing the fence that i made for it. first I’ll start off with the fence. it has a 2” opening that goes up high about 3 1/2” to allow for higher bits. so the fence is about 6 inches high for maximum support. and about 2 inches longer than the router table on both sides for maximum work piece support on both the infeed and outfeed sides. so here is a picture of the fence.
and then for dust collection in between the two back supports closest to the bits i added a piece of mdf. i haven’t hooked up an adapter so i can use my shop vac yet but i can tell that its going to work. the second and third pictures are what got trapped in that cavity. and after that cavity was filled it started blowing dust out of the cavity. this is while routing edge profiles so i would guess about 90% of the dust would be sucked up during edge routing operations just by this system.
then some dust of course will fall down and be under the router table and no one likes to get down there and vacuum so i made a box to encapsulate the router. it allows for full room to change the router and a hole for the bit. i have found that it doesn’t collect much maybe 5% of the dust but that 5% is what is ussually on the floor under the router table and i have to get down and vacuum it up. so here is the box.
so thats all my dust collection systems. next time i will update when i have the t-tracks with the fence attached and the dust collection completed. after that last i will add some sort of storage. maybe some drawers and some french cleats for storage of the fence, jigs, push sticks, and other things. so thanks for looking and have a good day!