Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

My cyclone dust separator attachment sits on top of a metal garbage can with the dust separator lid which connects to the systems “main truck line” by a flexible black hose.

The cyclone dust separator is connected to the 4″ white plastic main trunk line which runs the length of my shop.

Along this trunk line I installed “Y” connectors and “blast gates” to control and isolate the suction of the system.

4″ flexible hoses run from the main trunk line to my individual machines. [Shaper machine below]

Every machine you want to collect dust from needs to be ultimately fitted with a 4″ male fitting so the flexible hose can attach to it. [Jointer – below]

Many newer machines come with a 4″ port, e.g., most jointers, planers and table saws. My machines did not and I needed to attach specialty hoods [black hood above] to fit to my machines and attach to the 4″ flexible hose. I used self tapping machine screws to install them.

On my cut off table saw, below, I had to modify an area below the saw to mount the dust hood. I wanted to mount it under and close to blade.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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