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Forum topic by JustaLilJoinery posted 08-09-2013 06:42 AM 683 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JustaLilJoinery

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08-09-2013 06:42 AM

Due to space limitations and comfort, I have decided to put my miniature table saw on a small table/desk and run my 4” DC hose through the side and then up and under the bottom of the desktop. I got an extra DC “scoop” type connector in my DC accessories kit and I thought that I could install that upside down underneath the desktop. The saw itself has a large (lol) 6” square hole under the main body including the cutting surface so that the sawdust would essentially simply drop down into the collector.

My question is would I have to plug up the existing 1 3/4” dust port that the saw already had so as to not mess up the suction of the DC system? Or will plugging the dust port somehow contribute to any ventilation issue that should not be mucked with?

Advice appreciated
After this I’m almost ready to stop just reading and talking about woodworking…

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 12:05 PM

The saw cabinet will need make up air for what the DC draws out, if there isn’t any other openings you may have to leave it open. In no case will leaving it open cause harm to the DC, so I would try running it both ways and see which performs the best…then make that the solution.

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 10:01 PM

keep the scoop and split the hose, run a small hose up to the exhaust and have mega collection… if I am understanding it correctly.

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 10:12 PM

You should be fine – I would plug the 1 3/4 hole with a piece of blue foam insulation tapered like a cork, and a strip of duct tape to keep it tightish when bumped.

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JustaLilJoinery

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 07:27 AM

Thanks all – I’ll give those suggestions a try.
I don’t mind experimenting but really hate to wreck a new setup…

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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JustaLilJoinery

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 05:56 AM

OK well I got some work done today and maybe I should post this in a new post but..

I seem to have a suction problem. Not that my DC doesn’t have suction, quite to the contrary, I’m having trouble with the suction on the DC actually sucking and holding down my blade covers. I tried working the blast gates and moving things about and even adding a run to nowhere.

Is this just a high-class problem?

I’d actually like to find a nice medium since my safety features are now literally holding my work back…

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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