Controlling Wood Dust In A Small Shop

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust

Controlling wood dust in a small shop

I used a plywood base with a cut out for the dust hood. The 4″ hose runs up under and attached to the dust hood.

In order to collect dust at my “raised panel” machine I needed to make a plywood box near the cutter, and then attached a commercially available “universal” dust hood to receive my flexible hose. [photo below]

My main table saw is my longest run and has a wide sweeping elbow which I’d rather avoid but can’t. I secured the hose and piping to the table saw back and adjacent router table with “U” shaped clamps and screws.

For smaller tools like my your router table below, sander and chop saw, which have 2″ dust ports, I used reducers to connect the 4″ pipe to 2″ pipe.

Miter “chop” saw below. The white 4″ pipe is reduced to a flexible 2″ pipe

My hand held power tools like my random orbit sanders, belt sanders, and biscuit jointers are connected to a small diameter flexible hose and can connect to almost any port in the shop with an adapter. Many times I find it easier to attach them to my shop Vac which is equipped with a HEPA filter.

Replacing the dust collectors top bag with a bag that is designed to trap small dust particles (down to one micron) without seriously impeding the air flow of the dust collection system. These bags keep the finer dust made from sanding from going

through the dust collectors bag and into the air.

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