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. Designing a much more efficient dust hood for under the saw then whats available was first on my list. I feel that the generic flat table saw dust hood made of plastic isn't the best setup because the port points straight down and forces you to put a CFM reducing bend in the dust hose in order to run it out from under the saw. With the new dust hood it solves that problem, plus funnels the dust to the port. Next was partially blocking the open back of the saw in a user friendly fashion, where nothing is in the way when tilting the blade. I'm not a believer in sealing up a machine tight, the dust collector needs air to feed it efficiently. Suffocating it defeats the purpose. To fill the voids between the top of the table saw 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. The dust collector I added an onboard dust separator that I built, which now puts it into the 2 stage dust collector category. Delta no longer offers the 1-1/2 hp 50-760 dust collector, but now SuperMax Tools has a very comparable 1-1/2 hp model.
Table saw dust hoodOpen back dust blocking
The dust port is directed in a direction where it eliminates a airflow restrictive sharp bend in the hose to direct the dust hose out from under the saw, plus the port is in a more convenient location to attach the dust hose.
Delta 50-390 removable outfeed table hardware kit. ( rare )
Added full-size deck and X brace
The separator fills up with dust to the bottom of a dust separator plate inside the dust bin, just below the inlet. Dust capacity in the dust bin is about 20 gal. Shown to capacity. 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 saws. These are great table saws for small shops that are cramped for space.
Stock dust port setup
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 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 I like the design of the Kreg precision benchtop router table, so I built one similar to it with adjustable rubber feet, and added a Freud fence, and a Woodpecker's aluminum plate with aluminum ring set. This setup is a fairly heavy, so it absorbs vibration, and it is very stable.