Workshop Development #19: Kitty litter tub under table router dust hood prototype pics...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-28-2011 03:39 AM 2686 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Still playing with the kitty litter... tub. Part 19 of Workshop Development series Part 20: Kitty Litter Dust Shroud installed. »

Sorry about the fugly “door”. I am testing ideas, not execution here… The door with the duct taped hinge is just to close off the gaping hole to put the router in… But here are some pics of my progress so far…

If you look close enough, this time wasn’t clear silicone, I had a mess of Alex Plus acrylic caulk left over from a bathroom job that just sort of blends right in, so I used it… The door / hinge are NOT permanent, nor is the hokey latch… Of course if I get super lazy, then it IS permanent. Who knows right? IF I decide to get un-lazy the frame I built yesterday will get screwed / caulked into place, a door made, and a latch / catch made for it… Gotta love putting scrap plywood to use!

I kept the run of flex hose short and sweet, but the table DOES move around from time to time, mostly from me bumping into it, so I wanted SOME flex here…

I know I need air make up holes so I don’t suck the canister inside, or cause my Thien to scrub, I just hope these will be enough. If not hey, it’s an old cat litter tub, who cares if I punch a mess of holes in it?

The KM12VC has NOT been test fitted yet. I am eager to see the results of that. I don’t expect any problems though, this tub is plenty deep.

I know I could have, and I have seen lots of these made with bottom ports, I don’t really care if dust piles up on the bottom, I wanted to reduce / eliminate elbows where I could…

If you have noticed a common theme in many of my dust collection projects recently, it has been reclaiming / recycling materials for use in these projects. These don’t have to be show quality projects, just functional, so why spend what little free $$ I have for materials on something that I can do for cheap or free with as good, or better results?

I am getting kind of hooked on this recycling to build what I need thing, I am somewhat worried I might start fishing around for pallets and shipping crates for the lumber soon!

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 04:17 AM

LOL! This is very inventive. It looks great, too!

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 04:57 AM

I don’t know if this has been done by anyone else. But it just sort of seemed to make sense. I probably saw it somewhere a while ago and it just stuck with me. Who knows?

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 07:19 AM

Hey db, When the cat goes in there to do it’s business and you flip the switch, I want to be there. lol

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 04:33 PM

I am not really a cat person, but this one is pretty cool.. We live on a Bayou, and the rodents stay well away from us, so I’ll keep her around. Anyway, she keeps my dog in line…

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