Sawdust Behind My SawStop

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Blog entry by wichle posted 06-08-2010 06:24 AM 5106 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One reason for owning a Cabinet Saw is the efficient collection of saw dust generated by the tool. After using the saw for a few months I noted that while most of the sawdust generated was evacuated by my dust collection system, the floor behind the saw was always loaded with sawdust. I wanted to solve this issue.

On examination sawdust was being blown over the rear of the saw chassis and the surrounding cabinet. A temporary cover over the space on top of the back of the saw resulted in a buildup of sawdust on the rear trunion bracket and surrounding assemblies. The right solution was to collect the sawdust as it came out of the saw.

I fashioned a box (plenum) the width of the saw cabinet to fit under the rear fence rail. The box is open to the opening over the rear of the saw cabinet..A magnet glued to each end helps to hold the box tightly to the cabinet.

To extract the sawdust a 2 inch dust hose is fitted to the bottom of the new plenum. It connects to the 4 inch dust hose directly below the plenum attached to the rear of the saw cabinet. A Rockler “Dust Right” Router Table Dual Port dust fitting provides the junction in the 4 inch dust hose.

The “Dust Right” attaches directly to the dust port on the saw: the 4” hose to the “Dust Right”

The long closed side of the box is fashioned from 5/4 wood. This allows two bolts to secure the box to the rear fence rail..One of the bolts secures both the added plenum and the out feed table for the saw as well.
The result of adding this small plenum to the rear of the saw is the elimination of 99% of sawdust collecting behind the saw.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 06:40 AM

Looks great Bill

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 06:50 AM

I have the same problem.
Thanks for share a clever solution.

Do I see telescoping legs on the outfit table?
If so, were successful in designing a mecanism to fold them when the outfeed table is not in use?

thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 11:12 AM

Great idea Bill.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 02:11 PM

I’ve got the same problem. I always thought it was coming off the top. Good eye!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 02:32 PM

Great idea Bill.

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 04:07 PM

Nice Idea!! Engenuity always comes through.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 08:37 PM

That’s why we’re all here…... So you more experienced/wiser guys can show us kids of all ages how to fix such issues. Now, we, the less experienced guys and gals just need to grow tired enough of our problems to implement your solutions.
Nice work and great thinking.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 09:07 PM

I think the photos have been lost unfortunately.

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 05:44 PM

I emailed wichle, and he sent me the pictures to post. Also, I take the liberty of quoting some more info from him here:

“The plenum is open on the top and the side toward the saw. The ends have to be cut to allow a little of the tabletop casting so the plenum fits tight to the saw case. You might put a small bead of caulk between the plenum and the saw if it leaks.”

Dust piling up behind the saw:

Plenum clamped to rear fence rail:

Plenum plumbed into main saw hose:

Rockler “Dust Right” router table fitting:

Plenum with outfeed table:

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 05:49 PM

Shame it came to that on an expensive cabinet saw, but it sure looks nice!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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