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Forum topic by kocgolf posted 01-18-2016 01:51 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2016 01:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question tip dust collection blade guard

Last year I was about to build a nice acrylic blade guard for dust collection, but then we went and moved. Now I have a great new deep garage to build a shop in, but I also have 12 foot ceilings. My old plan of using a ceiling mounted boom just doesn’t seem smart or easy. I hesitate to build a fixed boom arm from the right side of the saw because I have my router table built into the extension. I can’t think of a way to make it easily removable and yet stable enough to stay put over the blade. Has anyone made a DIY blade guard dust collector that also has a router table to deal with? I guess I could still go with ceiling drop down, but it seems really awkward with high ceilings.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 05:26 PM

About the only thing I can think of is to mount the basket to the saw where the stock guard would mount, and for the drop just have the duct come down about 6’ (that would probably need to be braced a little), and then run flex from there to the basket. If you had to remove it for blind cuts like dadoes, you’ll need some kind of support to hang the basket on. I had made an overblade gaurd from the Badger Pond plans, then gave it away because I couldn’t come up with a suitable way to hang it from my 9’ ceiling. Check the Shark Gaurd for ideas about the saw mount.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 05:57 PM

The hose doesnt have to go to the ceiling, just the mount. Put s couple of cross cleats into the ceiling & then drop from there to a convenient height over the saw, drill clearance hole for dust riser with 90° elbow at top. Thread knob into side of hole to hold pvc so you can raise / lower.

Tip: wire a night light bulb under lid of dust intake to help see.the blade.


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#3 posted 01-18-2016 10:46 PM

I do think I am going to have to come up with a way to drop from the ceiling. MadMark, you are right that I don’t need to run hose on the ceiling, but I guess I am a little worried it will look ridiculous having supports and hose running that far down from that height. I am considering building a separate router table just so I can have a standard boom arm from the right side.

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 10:52 PM

Here’s how my overhead is attached to the side. The alternative was to hang from ceiling. However, I wanted the flexibility to move it later as I reorganize my shop. I have a sliding table to the left and dropped the idea of having a router on the right as I think I’ll get better use of it in its own table or embed it in my outfeed table

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 10:53 PM

I love the Badger Pond design and I while reading it I wonder if I can find a way to mount it to a mobile base of some kind like he suggests. I just wonder how hard that would be to get placed just right with consistency. Worth an effort I think. Either that or mount it to the far wall with some kind of flexible joint to retract it.

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 11:13 PM

I’m contemplating some kind of overhead dust collection for the table saw as well. I’m thinking of using the blade guard that came with the Unisaw, in some way. It mounts to the riving knife and rises and drops with the blade height. It has some slots on the sides, so I was thinking of using plastic weld to stick on some acrylic side panels to it to close those up. I’d also do the same for the top and fabricate a port for a DC hose. Ah, it’s just a thought. I do like the Shark Guard and may purchase one of those.

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 12:29 PM

I suggested running the drop from the ceiling thinking that’s where the ductwork would be anyway, if it’s somewhere else you could likely come up with a solution…..but the ceiling is a good out of the way place for ductwork (normally).

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