Bandsaw Dust Collection

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Blog entry by Brett posted 10-21-2012 08:07 AM 11817 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I continue to make more projects out of wood, I find that I rely on my bandsaw for more and more of them. The bandsaw is great for cutting curves, resawing wood and for cutting blanks for woodturning. The bandsaw is very versitile and comes in useful for many projects but it does have one major drawback, SAWDUST!

The bandsaw makes LOTS of sawdust. Not only does it make a lot of dust, it throws it around too! A majority of the dust settles in the lower wheel housing and stays there. As the dust fills the housing, more dust gets stirred up by the lower wheel spokes that are spinning around like fan blades. Where the blade channels through a blade guard going to the upper wheel is the spot where the dust really gets airborne. If it’s in the air, then we breathe it usless we have some way to filter it. But even if we don’t breathe it by wearing a respirator the dust still gets all over the shop.

The best way to help solve both of these problems is the capture the dust where it is being made rather than in our lungs or, all over that still wet finish on our masterpiece project.

My bandsaw is a Delta 14” saw and the only design of any dust collection is a very small port located just below the blade where a vacuum could be attached. The volume of air that this small port could collect isn’t enough to keep up with the amount of sawdust that the saw can produce. I had to do something to help keep the dust down, it was just getting to be a chore to keep the dust mess to a resonable level in the shop.

What I have here is the beginning of my process for adding some adequete dust collection to my bandsaw.

Here is a link since my embed ends up not working half of the time. Any tips on why would be appereciated.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 10:46 PM

Brett try to watch but this won’t load, error reads invalid parameters.

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 12:50 AM

Sorry about that. I try it and it works and then later it doesn’t. I unchecked a box on youtube and put the embed back in and it is working now, at least on my end. Thanks for letting me know.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 02:32 PM

Looks great! Thats a HUGE improvement! :)

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 02:44 PM

Thanks for sharing. I have the same exact Delta bandsaw so looks like a great retrofit that I need to try out. Just as impressed with your resawing as I struggle with my saw at that point. I know this is off topic but does your fence allow you to adjust for drift? What brand is it?


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#5 posted 10-23-2012 11:55 PM

Nice video, how did you cut the hole in the cast iron? Bob

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 12:23 AM

I drilled some holes and used hacksaw blades broken in half in a recipricating saw.

More detail can be found here

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 02:51 AM

Thanks for passing this along Brett. I have your exact setup and will be copying you! Makes me wonder why delta doesn’t set up this way? If you read this will you let me know what blade you were using?................................................tx,............;-j PS, E-Mail below…........

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 03:49 AM

To answer a couple of questions…

1. What brand fence is on the saw? A KREG fence and it IS adjustable for drift.

2. What blade did I use on this saw? It is a PS Wood (Timber Wolf) 1/2” wide, 3 TPI hook tooth, .025 thick.

Thanks for the comments to everyone!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 04:08 PM


I have a shopsmith bandsaw, and I have to do the samething as you did. I just need to do it…lol

-- Hate how work gets in the way of my hobby!!

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 04:22 PM

I was just holding the piece in my hand to do this with my 12” delta, that and a blocking plate for the grate at the bottom of the case for those who don’t have any dust collection.

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