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JoeinGa

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11-11-2014 03:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip radial arm saw dust collecting duct catcher shroud

I dont have a dust COLLECTOR, so I either have to sweep the benches and floor or try to CATCH any dust that a tool is putting off. I actually came up with this dust CATCHER for my radial arm saw about 1.5 years ago back when we lived in Tennessee.

But now that we’ve moved the space in this shop is much tighter, so I did a bit of rearranging on the shrouding and how the bucket catches the dust. Up in the old shop the bucket sat on the floor and I had fashioned a tube from cardboard to direct the dust downward. Now I did away with the cardboard tube and have the dust catcher directly under the chute. It’s a pretty simple arrangement and the pictures show how it works. When the bucket fills, I simply unhook it and dump it around my bushes.

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 04:17 PM

looks like it works pretty well joe

gravity sure is cheaper than electricity

collecting off a radial arm saw
has always been a task
as they weren’t set up for it well
many were used out in the open
on construction sites
and the wind took care of the dust

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 04:18 PM

JoeinGa, pretty ingenious idea. I have inherited one of those radial arm saws but it doesn’t have a table or a fence guide. I have looked all over to find out how to build one, attach it correctly and so on. With an upside down table saw like these, I want to make sure the table and the guide are correctly positioned and fastened to the base. Can you please take some pictures of the table construction an how it is fastened?
Thanks

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 04:23 PM

Joe, I really like your system. I bet you catch more dust than I do with a dust collector. If I had room behind my saw I would go with it. Nice designing work.

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 06:22 PM

I like it. Looks like it would work equally well for a CMS.

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 08:31 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

MrJinx, The shrouding was some scraps my son-in-law got for me when he worked at a place that manufactured trailers. I just kinda shaped them into curves with my hands and cut angles where I needed clearance to fit the pieces together. That’s why it isn’t all the same color. The base is just a basic box-style cabinet I built from 1 X 12 poplar boards and I added wheels. Nothing special about the cabinet. When I bought the saw (Craigslist find several years back) it didn’t have the wood table. It was just the metal frame with the column on it that holds the saw motor/arm assembly. I’ll take a few pix that show the cabinet and the saw base mounted on it. I’ll also take a couple of “sideways” views so you can see how the fence is held in place.

Dave, this saw sat in the middle of my shop back in TN and I had TONS of room on all 4 sides. The cardboard chute angled away from the back and down to the bucket. In this shop it also sits out in the middle of the floor, But since this shop is so much smaller I wanted to close up the footprint, so I did away with the cardboard chute and just hung the bucket directly on the back of the cabinet.

Rick, I dont have any kind of cabinet (or stand) built for my Dewalt compound miter saw yet, but when (IF) I do build one, I still have some of the aluminum sheeting scraps and will try something similar.

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 09:02 PM

Looks like a good solution for people without dust collection.

For those who do have a DC and RAS check out this video. Best I’ve seen yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N0zHs7soqA

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 11:02 PM

Pretty slick Joe. I’m in the same boat as you as far as dust collection goes. I’m probably going to steal the bucket idea for my ras and mitre saw.

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 10:36 PM

Updated 11/20/14 … MrJinx007 asked about the cabinet and how the saw was attached. So here’s a few pics with the details of that.
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When I bought the saw (used) it had no table and was not mounted on any kind of cabinet. So I built a “basic box” for a cabinet with locking casters on the front. Then I mounted the metal frame the saw sits on directly to the top allowing the height adjuster handle so stick out just far enough so I wouldn’t bust my knuckles every time I raised or lowered the saw.
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I made the cabinet a bit oversized so the weight could be better distributed because this baby is top heavy, and I also mounted the casters out-board of the base to give it better stability. Dont want to ever have to muscle this thing up off the floor because it tipped over while trying to move it!.
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Originally I only had a shelf inside the cabinet, but after about a week I decided a drawer would be easier to get things I needed out if the cabinet. And since I’m basically lazy, I put the drawer on the top shelf rather than the bottom.
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In this shot, you can see how the casters are mounted out-board of the cabinet for stability
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One last thing. Once I leveled the saw to the table I realized there was about a 3/8 gap between the metal base and the tabletop. And after a few days of use I could see that there was quite a bit of sawdust building up inside the metal frame. So I slipped a piece of plywood up in there to close off that big slot under the front and I also made a sort of dust shield around the base of the tower that the saw hangs from. When we moved here I took the saw off the cabinet so I could fit stuff around it easier in the U-Haul and there was almost NO sawdust inside that metal frame.
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#9 posted 11-23-2014 05:10 PM


Looks like a good solution for people without dust collection.

For those who do have a DC and RAS check out this video. Best I ve seen yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N0zHs7soqA

- AlaskaGuy

I had more obstacles but this is my take on his design. Still need to mortis some holes in the fence. I love these old RAS.

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#10 posted 02-27-2015 08:39 PM

That’s quite a dust collector! Good job!

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