Craftsman 113.xxxxx Dust collection Mods

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Forum topic by 69BBNova posted 11-12-2013 06:56 PM 4230 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2013 06:56 PM

I was tired of all the dust this saw dumped all over the place…

I’ve had the saw maybe 5-6 months and within a week I started to think up how I would do it to my liking…

The pics here are the first stage, and had taken about 10-12 hrs including tear down…

Although I have some pics of the beginning of second stage, I’ll probable post them before the end of this day…

I hadn’t planned on doing it this soon, but Wednesday I had made one similar out of cardboard and it worked well…

But the problem was that the duct tape was such crap it wouldn’t even hold, by Friday morning it was just a pile on the floor…

So I just said get it the hell over with.

One thing I wish I did was to cut the hole in the bottom before I started the second stage, would of been a lot easier.

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 06:58 PM

Much fancier than mine. I used clothespins to attach a trash bag under my 113. LOL
Works pretty well though.

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 07:25 PM

Is this going to have a dust port or is this just a dust catcher?

clothespins…. I like that idea. I currently let it fall and them sweep it up on occasion. the trash bag clothespin idea cuts out the middle step until I can get around to building proper dust collection.

-- Jack of many, master of none.

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 09:21 PM

The next time I tear it down to seal and paint it, probably in a couple of days I’m going to steal the 4” port off my disc-belt sander…

I use that piece of equipment not very often…

In fact I don’t use some of it for weeks at a time or more, but when you need it you need it.

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 10:42 PM

I did something very similar. Mine was smaller and sat inside the opening of the stand. I put a dust port in for my shopvac. It does a pretty good job. Now I just need to build something to catch all the sawdust that comes out the back.

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 05:43 AM

I made myself a rolling cabinet base with a chute made in the middle with a port. got rid of the metal stand, cant easily link it. due to a fussy cell phone. but made a blog on it. When its finiahed i get storage space in the same footprint. mobility and dust collection.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 04:50 PM

There is about 2-3 hours work left to do, except to reassemble which doesn’t take long. Tuning it up again will take quite a bit of time…

The two lower panels I’ll do next (bottom side triangles), the rectangle opening inside below the main cabinet is to pull any dust that gets near the motor…

The back cover will have a slot 2” x 10” (around that size or so) to pull the air past the motor for cooling and to capture any dust that gets back that far…

The channel on top is to give clearance for the square fence tube (VEGA PRO 40)

I’ll probable just take a couple hour break right now.

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 06:01 PM

Harbor Freight has a cloth bag that snaps to the bottom of most table saws. I have that it collects most of the dust. However quite a bit still comes out the back side and also off of the top. There is also another bag that I have seen that includes a DC port in the bottom.

For best dust collection, you have to close up all of the holes, including front, back and around the table top/case. Then apply a dust collector to apply negative pressure to the interior of the saw. Way to much work.

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 07:26 PM

I have nothing better to do so I keep myself occupied…

I don’t get to work with metal often so this replaces what I use to spend some time doing with my Nova…

Besides I haven’t sealed it yet, and as I had said even the cardboard one worked pretty well…

Besides I enjoy doing things like this, and isn’t that what life is all about? enjoying things?

But I’ll admit when I saw the bag at Harbor Freight I was like BRILLIANT IDEA, but I just couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t…

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 08:31 PM

I’d say that is the most elaborate thing I’ve seen done to a Craftsman table saw. Very impressive work.

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 09:18 PM

Thank You Craftsman70,

I finished reassembling it about a half hour ago, after my last post I had a couple of smokes and a liter of soda then as usual I stood there looking at it and I started in again…

I’ll be honest I hate that, I wish somebody would brainwash me…

The worst thing is 2 weeks ago I started waking up at 5am and I keep telling myself I not 90 yet go to sleep…lol

I just have to tune it up now and finish up the top and back covers, I don’t want to do it today…

Pray For Me…lol

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 08:33 AM

I used to have this table saw and this was one of the best things I ever bought for the shop.
You said yours took 10-12 hours to build. I think mine took 10-12 minutes to install….......................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 11-14-2013 06:49 PM

I know about the bags, I had mentioned it in a previous post, and I just couldn’t do it…

I had considered making one myself out of different materials, even considered use a wire frame to support it…

I even have an adhesive that will bond paper, cloth, leather. I have used it to build fan ducting to cool the south bridge on my EVGA motherboard, built fan shrouds out of cardboard with wood end caps and rails to fit in a 5 1/4in bay using body filler to smooth and shape it for the best flow given the space…

The table saw I just couldn’t do it, your right it would have been a lot easier…

But years ago my friend gave me the nickname “Overkill Bill” for good reason, but that was because of my engine building habit…

The more trouble it is seems to always make it more enjoyable, never really knew why.

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 12:10 AM

I took a break from finishing it, so I cheated and used cardboard for now…

I have the steel but I but I want to give my hand a rest…

Even with the shopvac and not sealed up properly yet the dust pile in the pic is almost all that has escaped…

Normally everything is covered in sawdust. I can’t wait until I have a proper DC…

When its actually done I’ll post the final pics.

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 12:14 AM

Wow, looks really nice.

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 01:26 AM

Pretty nice work. Looks like it will do a great job for you. My 113 table saw has a garbage can held up with four screws. Yours certainly add a lot of style to the saw.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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