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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 08-07-2010 04:31 AM 12260 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a Grizzly G0555 14” band saw and have had a problem collecting the dust adequately. It has a 4” port on the back but I don’t have a big dust collector so I made a reducer for my 2 1/4” Genie Shop Vac that did not do much at all. I have been thinking about collecting the dust right below the blade for some time now. Wednesday I cut out some time to design and close in port.
This is the first pic of the area under the blade:

Then I made a paper model to get the shape of the parts needed to enclose the dust area.

I decided to use steel to make the box because I had to braze it together so I made a piece for the back with a lip to hold it up and then I made the box with two holes to screw it to the frame of the saw. I laid them out flat first and punched all the holes. Then I formed them using steel and hardwood to make the bends.

After brazing, I painted the part green- close to Grizzly green.

I used a piece of scrap PVC for the dust port and bored a taper in it to fit my shop vack hose. There was not much of a wall on this pvc and some of the threads came through the side, but it holds well. Here it is installed on the saw.:

I found that a little dust does get through. I’m going to do a test on cutting the same amount of feet of wood with and without the port on there to see what the real difference is on the floor. The next step is to add an outlet box on the saw that becomes HOT when the saw is turned on so the vac can be triggered with the saw switch.

I’d like to thank my good friend Mafe from Copenhagen for guiding me through the photo adding process for blogs. I hope they come throught okay.

ps. While measuring things I found that the G0555 is not a true 14” bandsaw. The table is 14” square, but the cutting width is actually 13 3/8”. It is posted as such on the saw

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 05:03 AM

Good job Jim. You sure didn’t waist any time between our converstion and getting a prototype up and running.
I can hardly wait to see the next installment.
Keep up the good work.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 11:11 AM

Hi Jim.
Thats really a wonderful improvement, this you will enjoy.
(Next will be one for the lathe…I smile).
Did you use the big metal pieces as a metal bender? (I would love to have a metal bending tool).
Glad you seem to have found the secret wonders of the blog, hope to see more from you.
Best of thoghts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 05:28 PM

Hi Mads. I guess I did not reduce the photo size first so you cannot see some of the details. I’ll try to shrink them and then repost. I did a test with and without the vac port and found that it did reduce the sawdust falling out a lot but the most gain was the dust in the air for a long cutting. There was almost none! I bought the electrical box, cover and out let so I will soon have the vac come on automatically with the saw.

As for bending, I did use those rusty pieces of steel in the picture for bending. I bent the long side over them and then I used a piece of oak inside and bent the part with all cutouts over the oak with the steel pieces and a hammer. I have a little bending brake to use in a vice, but it was 1/2” too short for this project.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 03:51 AM

Great Job Jim.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 04:29 PM

Hey guys. I have fess up on this one. After using it with all that mahogany in the bandsaw box, it really did not keep my shop much cleaner because sawdust flys out from everywhere- especially that light stuff. So, I took it off and run without it and that shop vac is not in my way when I have to roll out the saw and get at the pedestal grinder. I have resigned to the fact that the bandsaw is going to be that way and I will live with it. just wish I had a better corner to keep it so I did not have to sweep up each time I use it.
You win some and lose some. Mr Murphy bested me on this one!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 10:32 PM

I have the same bandsaw( but added the riser) and had the same issue but I capped off the factory hole and added one thru the lower part of the door. That’s where the dust always seem to collect so it seemed logical and works great. Looks like you came upwith a great idea there as well. If it collects dust, how it does it makes no difference. great job.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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