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Capture Tablesaw Dust







My contractor-style tablesaw spewed sawdust everywhere until I enclosed the base by covering all the openings with 1/4-in. MDF panels. First, I added two aluminum angle rails so the collection box slopes toward the dust port in the back panel. Then I screwed on the MDF panels. 


I made two custom-fit panels to cover the open back, one for 45-degree cuts and another for 90-degrees cuts, because those are the most common blade positions I use. These panels rest on the lip at the back of the opening and simply slide in and out of place. I marked them for cutting by measuring around the motor mount and belt guard.








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Charlie wrote re: Capture Tablesaw Dust
on 07-24-2010 1:19 PM

Not too badly done, it looks fairly simple to make if your a woodworker. A couple years ago I designed a solution useing a fairly heavy gauge sheet metal. The hood under the saw also slopes down, but is more funnel shaped. For the back of the saw I designed a solution that allows the user to tilt the blade without fuss. It all works very well.