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Forum topic by wildbill001 posted 04-12-2011 05:34 PM 3118 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wildbill001

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04-12-2011 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router dust

I need to redesign my router-table fence to accommodate some type of dust collection via shopvac. My table is similar to Norm/New Yankee design in that the router sits in its own space with a door to access. My question is this: Will hooking up my shopvac to the fence get enough dust or do I need to get a “Y” and hook up to the section below the table as well? What are others using: top only, bottom only or both?

I only have a shopvac and am planning on adding a small cyclone with bucket.

TIA

Bill

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown


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#1 posted 04-12-2011 06:00 PM

DC from the top and below is best, but one or the other is better than nothing. It’s easy enough to do, that I’d suggest going for both.

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 06:10 PM

I use a ‘Y’ port to pull it from the top to the inside and from the router cabin and then out the side via a dust collector but I use to use a shopvac and it still worked pretty well. The DC is obviously more efficient.

I wrote a blog on it if you’re interested….
http://lumberjocks.com/tedth66/blog/13875

-- Ted

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 06:36 PM

I kinda figured both would be best but didn’t want to start cutting holes only to find out otherwise (not that the router cab is fine-furniture….)

Tedth66, nice work on the workstation. Unfortunately can’t see the other pics as photobucket seems to be having issues.

Bill W

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 06:43 PM

I think they’re performing maintanence. The pictures will eventually show how I ported the top dust down and out the side as well as capturing the dust inside the cabinet. Hopefully that’ll give you some ideas of how I tackled the dust. It works very well. I do need to redesign and finish a new sleaker router table fence with a laminated front. Too many projects with so little time.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 06:55 PM

I to ,have enclosed cab., with dust collection,top, and bottom.
AND IT REALLY SUCKS !!!

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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wildbill001

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 09:37 PM

So, it’s official. Top and bottom collection really sucks. Now where the #$%! do I find a “Y”? Admittedly my “google-fu” is not very strong, master(s).

Bill

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 11:54 PM

Both would be ideal, but you could alternate them by using the top for most of your cuts ,but for dadoes or of such type you could switch to the bottom. At least until you get your final hook up made.My home made router fence has a 5” dust collector fitting on it.

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 03:39 AM

All the routers I am familiar with blow quite a bit or air up through the throat plate which serves to keep dust out of the motor.Thats why I built my table with dust collection on the fence only.I get very little dust/shavings below the table.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-14-2011 04:28 AM

I retract the above after today.I made 9 feet of 1” brazillian cherry dowel today and had a lot more shavings and dust below the table than I have ever had.It cant be good for routers to breathe that.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 05:34 AM

Here’s a link to some pictures of my router table dust control. It works really good but is using a 2 hp 4” DC unit.

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#11 posted 04-14-2011 05:43 AM

I have been very happy with dust collection above the table. If you are using a shop vac, you may find you get better suction with only one intake pipe. My lower router table cabinet is enclosed anyway, so I just vacuum it out once in a while.

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