Overhead Dust Collection on a Modified Ridgid 3650 #2: Dust collection for my current setup

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Blog entry by djg posted 04-14-2013 07:38 PM 6658 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Initial thoughts Part 2 of Overhead Dust Collection on a Modified Ridgid 3650 series Part 3: The Blade Guard Part 1 »

Now that my thoughts have been put on paper, I figured that it would be useful for others to see my current workstations setup and some details on the design.

The design was taken from an old shopnotes issue. I had to make some modifications to the dimension to accomodate the saw but for the most part the workstation is similar. However, rather than a router table in the right wing, I decided to put a downdraft table. The table saw has quite a bit of storage for storing blades, accessories and sanding supplies. A 6” blast gate is connected to the back of the workstation just behind the downdraft table.

In addition to the dust collection on the downdraft, a 6” duct connects to the botton of the table saw cabinet. getting behind the saw to move the blast gate proved to be a pain so I decide to use an old lawn mower switch cable and one of my wife’s hair elastics to make a self closing blast gate. I pull the cable to open the blast gate. When I release the cable catch, the blast gate closes from the tension in the hair band.

I have access to the back of the saw through a cutout in the outfeed table which is removable. You can see I have the back of the saw closed off to help direct the airflow. Several opening in the front of the saw are left open in order to direct airflow from the front of the saw and down inside the cabinet to a chute which connects to the 6” port.

Thats it for now….Next up, I have started cutting parts for my overhead collection.

-- DJG

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 08:51 AM

Thats an awesome setup you have there. Gave me a few ideas for my 3650. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 04:26 PM

looks good. Not much dust in your shop.

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