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Forum topic by Milo posted 05-21-2012 01:31 AM 1925 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

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05-21-2012 01:31 AM

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I swear, is there NOTHING that creates more dust than cutting dados on a router table?

Rabbits, not too bad, because the vacuum is right there by the bit on the edge of the piece, but dados? UGH, I cut two the other day and the dust shot out the end of the cut and went EVERYWHERE.

SO, question is, do I have to lug my router outside every time I want to use it for dado cuts, or is there a way to control the dust that is created that I do not know about?

THANKS for the advice!

Milo

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 01:38 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/20843

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 02:01 AM

WOW. That is certainly a radical solution. Kinda scary thought to cut a while like that in the plate. Somehow I worry it would potentially interfere somehow…

But thank you for the heads up!

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 02:24 AM

JJohnston- That looks like a great solution. Can’t believe I missed that when he posted it. Thanks for the link. I have been holding my shop vac hose at the end of the cut but this takes one hand off the workpiece which isn’t real safe. You could always make a flush “plug” for the hole when it’s not needed.

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 02:46 AM

Here is something I did instead of drilling a hole in my router table

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2703

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 03:08 AM

I haven’t used them but Her-Saf panel router cutters
are relieved for faster feed rates in panel routing application.

I assume this means they make a larger chip so each chip
is bigger and heavier and less airborne. I would look into
it. They are similar to planer bits.

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 03:21 AM

I was all set to cut a hole in my table top tomorrow until I saw Mike’s post. Then I read the review and I think I need one of these! Thanks Mike.

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 04:58 PM

Update for those that are interested…

I got fed up last night (not too much really) as I was looking at the router. I really needed to rout out a slot in some arms I was making for Stumpys horizontal router table project. But it was raining and I couldnt’ lug my portable table outside. So, after eyeballing the thing for a few minute I grabbed a length of 3” vacumn hose I had laying around and jammed the end of it into the slot in my router were you slide in your wrenchs to change bits.

It was highly technical and precise.

Anywho, I also happend to have a Y splitter, so I used it to plug in the hose I had jammed into the router with the hose coming out of my router fence. Fired up the Frankenduster, plugged everything in, and had at it.

I was pleasently suprised at the reduced amount of dust in the air and on the floor after I was done.

Granted now, I had used the bandsaw to cut out a lot of the slot first, so a lot of the wood had been removed, but still, it seemed to work.

So, if you have some extra hose, give it a try. It’ll save you 40 bucks and you won’t have a hole in your tabletop.

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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