enclosing the bottom of cheap table saw

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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 11-18-2011 11:49 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2011 11:49 PM

I have a skilsaw (model 3400) tablesaw. I know it is an uber cheapo, but it is what I have to work with until I can afford a good tablesaw. My question is this….. I am wondering what problems I might have enclosing half of the base and inserting a sloped bottom that feeds a dust port. The motor would be enclosed in this. Would there be any issues with doing this? I am trying all I can to control dust in my garage. My wife is about ready to have a duck with all the fricking dust that covers everything in our garage now.

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 11:59 PM

You can buy a dust bag that clips under the main body for fairly cheap.
It unsnaps to clean it out.

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 12:24 AM

Do you have a dust collector? I cut a sheet of hardboard to fit in the bottom of my saw. I cut a hole and screwed/caulked a 4” plumbing fitting so I could hook mine to my dust collector. There’s a good amount of dust inside the saw around the edges away from the opening, but I don’t see that as a huge problem.


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#3 posted 11-19-2011 06:54 AM

I did as Alan above did and duct taped any problem holes shut. I hooked it up to my DC and it worked really well. I left the hardboard on when I gave the saw to my nephew after I bought my cabinet TS.

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