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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Central Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Central Dust Collection Five simple rules for a dust-free shop By Dave Munkittrick Small, one-person shops don’t need complicated dust collection systems. We’ll show you how to get powerful collection at the lowest possible price without ever...
  • Milk Jug Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Milk Jug Dust Collection Routing makes a real mess. But, here’s a solution that won’t cost you a dime.Take a 1-gallon milk or windshield-washer container and cut a hole in one side for a bit. Slice off the bottom with a utility knife. Cut...
  • Upgrades for Dust Collectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Woodtek’s coupling skirt ($30) makes it easier to dispose of the dust your collector collects. It adapts your 2- or 3-hp dust collector to a metal trash can. Simply disconnect the full can, put on the lid and haul it to the trash. However, to maintain...
  • Next Generation Dust Collectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    The key to effective dust collection is something you can’t see.The tiniest dust particles are the most hazardous to your health, so the best collectors capture the largest number of the smallest particles. According to Jet, the polyester spun-bond...
  • One-Switch Chop Saw Station

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    I decked out my chop saw station with a shop vacuum for dust collection and a shop light so I can see where I’m cutting. It worked great except for one thing: I had to flip two switches just to make one cut.The solution was simple. I bought a power...
  • Planers With Built-In Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    We tested Craftsman’s new 13-in. benchtop planer (model # 21743; $440) with built-in dust collection. We were impressed; using only the planer’s on-board dust-collection system, nearly every speck was collected. A fabric dust shroud allows...
  • Anti-Slip Dust-Collection Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Anti-Slip Dust-Collection Table Here’s a pair of sanding helpers that work great together. The rug pad provides a soft anti-slip surface. The Peg-Board, combined with the holes in the rug pad, allows dust to be sucked down through the table. My...
  • $1 Blast Gate

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Adding a dust collection system to my shop was a great move, but it wasn’t cheap. I did manage to save money by making my own blast gates. The main component of the dust gates is a 3-in. PVC coupler. It cost me only $1 at my local home center, and...
  • Window Shade Dust Control

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Woodworking in my basement workshop used to leave a layer of dust everywhere until I hung window shades from the ceiling. Now I box myself into a temporary “clean room” before I start making dust. The shades are easy to wipe clean and they’re...
  • Dust-Free Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 30, 2009
    I replaced my bandsaw’s wimpy 1-1/2-in. dust-collection port with a shop-made shroud that makes bandsawing virtually dust-free. The secret: My shroud’s intake port is much larger (see photo and exploded view, below). Another great feature...
  • Soup Up Your Shop Vacuum

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    Had enough dust? Hook up to any portable power tool with this set of accessories. by George Vondriska Most shop vacuums are big and powerful, like SUVs. These vacuums have tons of suction power for cleaning the mess on your floor, but their standard hoses...
  • Dust Collection With A Twist

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    JDS' latest dust collector brings something new to the single- stage market. A unique airflow adjustment knob fine-tunes the airflow into the bag plenum. A twist of the knob controls a baffle that assures both collector bags receive equal amounts...