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Forum topic by Medickep posted 06-25-2014 07:43 PM 1458 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Medickep

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06-25-2014 07:43 PM

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I’m getting ready to tackle some DC issues with my RAS, now that I’ve finally got around to getting it dialed in on the bench I have. I’ve seen a lot of good ideas that enclose the blade in a box, but have noticed A: They can only use the saw for crosscuts and B: Do not have the upgraded saw guard on their RAS if it’s a Craftsman.

I’ve thought about a box in the back of the saw and cutting out a slot where I would use a dust scoop to suck all the dust that blows back into the box, as well as have another attachment to the small dust port on the blade guard.

I would prefer to leave the guard on and have the option to rip with the saw, even though I don’t plan to. I’m limited on rips with my TS do to it being up against a wall in my garage so I would like the option if necessary.

The image I have while at work, does not show the hole bench it’s on, but it shows the back where I was thinking of building a box for it.

Thanks for any suggestions!

-- Keith


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hairy

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 10:54 PM

I use this. http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005206/173/Table-Top-Dust-Collector.aspx

I have a piece of hardboard mounted behind the saw. I hook the dc fitting over the hardboard and wrap a bungee cord around it. No tools, on and off in less than a minute, out of my way when not in use. And it works good.

I rip on a tablesaw.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 12:01 AM

This cardboard served me well for almost 20 years until I sold the saw.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 01:54 AM

Hairy-

That may be the way to go. You get good collection even with it a little bit away from the blade?

Socrbent-

Very creative, I just would like to suck some it up instead of “collecting” it!

-- Keith

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 02:06 AM

The dust flies out the back of the guard mostly, so I would
rig a hose right up to the back of the guard. You need at
least 2.5” hose and some good CFM to really pull it in.

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 02:06 AM

The cardboard form didn’t collect everything, but with a shop vac it collected most dust and debris leaving some in the table area behind the saw where it could easily be vacuumed up when wanted. Also many times I simply made cuts with no vac and cleaned up the contained dust later like you suggested. The cardboard form allowed use of the saw in many configurations including the usual cross cuts, angle cuts and ripping. During ripping the small dust port on the blade guard was aimed to the back so most dust was contained or vacced.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 12:03 PM

I have it hooked to a dust collector via 4” hose. It is probably the best working dust collection of all my tools. The blade throws the sawdust there anyway, so that’s the easiest place to catch it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 01:04 PM

Here’s mine…...

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 02:32 PM

I don’t have a full guard on mine. I think I have one of the saws that I can get $100 for the power head. Wouldn’t using the hose connector on the guard AND a box behind the blade be optimal?

I’d put the table saw on wheels, and roll it out when you need to.

-- Nicholas

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 08:35 PM

This is my first attempt. As for collecting sawdust, it did pretty close to nothing.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#10 posted 06-27-2014 05:32 AM

Hairy -

I’ve been in envisioning something like that. Especially since you’re saying it worked do well. I might who up to the part too at the same time.

-- Keith

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 05:32 AM

I want to thank everyone again for their input, it really does help! I decided to try a dust collection hood and I’m sure glad I did!

I mounted to small pieces of plywood to the back of the stand so dust wouldn’t have a place to collect. Than I connected a piece that went to my bench but left a 3/4” lip so the hood would have a mounting point. I also place an additional support piece of wood under the hood and screwed two small wood screws to the hood to hold it in place. I was going to glue it in place but originally I was going to have in the center of saw and ended up moving it left, more in line with the blade. Because of this, I skipped the glue for now in case I decide to move it more.

I originally was also going to connect to the small dust port but this setup works so well I don’t think I’ll need it. It may be my best dust collection for cross cuts, the dust just funnels right to the hood.

I also decided to place a T track to mount a clamp I’ve had for awhile and was inching to use. This will hold the stock in place and keep my hands away from the blade. It does limit the saw a little for miters. I have a chop saw, but if I use my RAS for miter cuts I’ll just cut some more gaps in the T track.

-- Keith

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 04:38 PM

Keith, thanks for the updates and for starting this thread (and to everyone who contributed)! I got on here this weekend looking for the same advice!

-- David

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 05:18 PM

David-

Glad this topic helped. I couldn’t be happier with the setup! I just made some cuts for my father who had a RAS While I was growing up and he just said wow!

-- Keith

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#14 posted 07-01-2014 08:57 PM

Looks like a winner! I like the hold down. I’m too lazy to make it, so I just clamp the workpiece.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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