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Forum topic by Brodan posted 01-01-2016 03:00 AM 623 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brodan

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01-01-2016 03:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

I’ve done a ton of reading about building a router table, primarily on LJ. After hearing from a number of LJs about the various routers, lifts, router plates and such, I’m still uncertain about which direction I’ll go, but decided to start building the table. ...which brings me to another question…should I install a plexiglass door and under table dust collection? After reading what I can find on LJs there seems to be two schools of thought. If used is it effective at 1) controlling the dust? 2) cooling the router? In general is it worth the effort?

Thanks, Dan

-- Dan, TN


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 03:09 AM

Yes!!! Need vent holes for some air flow for suction to work.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 04:13 AM

my dibs
nice work
I wish i had the luxury : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 04:44 AM

If you are using a lift out or under table adjusting router you cant really seal off anything. Even over table suction doesn’t help that much. I let the dust fall where it may and just vacuum up afterwards (I’ve got a nice strong DC).

M

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Moron

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 05:10 AM

if you hate dust
buy festool
and skip their vacuum and get the fein
done deal
dust is gone
that said the table matters little

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 06:07 AM

There is one more advantage to the plexiglass door and undertable dust collection, when the door is closed even with holes for ventilation it cuts the sound by at least half. I built Norm’s router table and it has under table and behind the fence dust collection and it works quite well. The only changes I made was to put it on wheels and I brought the dust collection pipe behind the drawer inside the cabinet and out the left side.
Mike

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#6 posted 01-01-2016 12:56 PM

Cutting dadoes is really the only time you need under table dust collection.
For rabbets and edge profiles, or flush trimming, dust collection through the fence can capture 95% or more of the dust.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 01-01-2016 01:08 PM

“There is one more advantage to the plexiglass door and undertable dust collection, when the door is closed even with holes for ventilation it cuts the sound by at least half. I built Norm’s router table and it has under table and behind the fence dust collection and it works quite well. “

“For rabbets and edge profiles, or flush trimming, dust collection through the fence can capture 95% or more of the dust.”

I find both these statements true. I built my version of a Norm table, and have a 6” line to the cabinet and a 4” line to the fence. Unless I’m cutting dados or grooves, it catches pretty much everything, on the dados and grooves I don’t catch nearly as much, a lot of shoots out the left end of the cut. I highly recommend you run DC to the cabinet, and as mentioned have enough holes for make up air to avoid starving the air flow.

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#8 posted 01-01-2016 06:31 PM

You should have dust collection above and below. How much time you spend on it is up to you. With a flat bottom is a trap even with a clear door and DC. If you angle it and cover the bottom with sheet metal it will find its way out.

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Sarit

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#9 posted 01-01-2016 08:01 PM

For me:
- Cabinet dust collection isn’t very effective at capturing dust that wouldn’t have fallen into the hole in the first place.
- Cabinet dust collection is effective at reducing the dust build up inside the cabinet.

Even when doing dadoes, most of the dust still gets shot out the dado instead of getting sucked down the hole. I think adding a hole in the table along the path of the dado would improve dust collection, but I haven’t tried it.

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