Over the years I've been trying to figure out the best dust collection solutions for my shop, and this is what I have come up with. Starting with the table saw, I have owned this American made contractors table saw since 1995 when I bought it new from ACME Electric ( Tool Crib of the North ) as a 34-445X package, which included a 30" Unfence, a extension table hardware kit, and a full-size mobile base. It's wired for 230 V, and has been a very accurate and dependable saw. Designing a much more efficient dust hood for under the saw then whats available was first on my list. One that captures the dust, and the port is pointed in a direction that eliminates a CFM reducing sharp bend in the DC hose to route it out from under the saw, and is easier to hook the DC hose too without having to practically crawl under the saw. Then partially blocking the open back of the saw, and blocking the back of the blade that tilts with the blade. Its all done in a user friendly fashion, where nothing is in the way when tilting the blade. To fill the voids between the top of the cabinet and the underside of the cast iron top I used closed cell foam strips and double sided tape to adhere it to the top of the cabinet. The bevel slot in the front of the cabinet can be covered with magnetic sign material. The partially open back now draws air in when the dust collector is hooked up to the saw, making it difficult for the fine dust to escape out the back.
New dust hoodDust blocking
Smooth transition of the dust hose to the dust hood. Shown with Delta 50-390 removable outfeed table hardware kit, and shop built top surface with miter track.
Rockwell 34-607 9" Contractors Table Saw This is a smaller version of the 10" Contractors table saw, it is about the size of todays imported plastic and aluminum Jobsite table saws.
Delta DC33 22-650 Thickness Planer When I bought this machine, it did not have a dust hood for it. So once again I decide to build one. The original Delta dust hood the port was in the center and pointed straight out over the outfeed. I decided that I wanted the port off to the side and out of the way.
Custom built portable Router Table When I decided to make my own router table I knew what I liked. The Kreg portable router table, so I built one and added a Freud fence, and a Woodpecker's aluminum plate and aluminum ring set. This setup is a fairly heavy, which absorbs vibration, and the stand is very stable.