Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #19: Sucking Sawdust

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 04-22-2020 12:09 AM 457 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I use my RAS… a lot. For the longest time I’ve had a wheelbarrow behind it where most of the sawdust lands and it is a lot of sawdust. Almost as much as my table saw. I’ve seen several LJ’ers and Youtubers with various RAS dust collection methods and decided that I like the fence port style best.

I start out by collecting scraps then turning the inside of a 2.5” Sched 40 pipe to fit the vac hose.

Then using scrap I built a box about 9” Deep by 12” Wide Skinned top and bottom with 1/4” plywood and then glued in the pipe

It’s not fancy and only for 90 degree cross cuts

The difference it makes in dust is AWSOME! Now I need to make a new fence just a bit higher so the top slots are above a std 2×4. That will pick up those final pieces. All in all for “free from scrap” it’s a keeper.

Btw – the dust gets sucked into Big Blue

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#1 posted 04-23-2020 12:40 PM

You sawdust sucker! (if you could hear the voice in my head it would sound funny)

My portable DC is aggravating me of late. Takes too much floor space. I can’t live without my shop vac so I’ve been debating the possibility of getting rid of the DC and forcing the shop vac to double duty. Your rig there may just give me the push I need :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 04-23-2020 12:53 PM

It actually works pretty well and saves me having to bang out the filter every couple of days. I still do but it takes a lot longer. You do give up the ability to suck up larger bits, thumb size is about the limit for my setup. And you do lose some suction. And the Dust Deputy does jam up with Oak and Maple leaves the blow in the the garage in the fall/winter. More pics here

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 04-23-2020 01:58 PM

I was figuring to make so I could just pull the shop vac off the cart to use it for vacuuming up larger stuff or cleaning out vehicles etc. I’d still want it to function as it does now, just hook it up to a cyclone for DC duty and eliminate the DC. I read through your blog yesterday. Thanks for the tip with the toggle clamp and face seal on the bucket. I imagine that may save a me a bunch of headache :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 04-23-2020 03:44 PM

That sucks, Bill! Nice work!

Yeah, somebody had to say it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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