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Overhead Dust Collection on a Modified Ridgid 3650

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Blog series by djg updated 04-25-2013 09:27 PM 6 parts 59399 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Initial thoughts

04-13-2013 12:21 AM by djg | 1 comment »

About a year ago, I modified my ridgid contractor saw to a workstation setup with lots of storage and some other features like a down draft table and integrated dust collection. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot extra at the time to tackle the dust collection above the table so I modified the stock blade guard and hooked up a 2.5” hose to a vacuum which is plugged into a tool actuated power switch. Air is pulled through an overarm type setup that can fold down behind the saw wh...

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Part 2: Dust collection for my current setup

04-14-2013 07:38 PM by djg | 2 comments »

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, accessor...

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Part 3: The Blade Guard Part 1

04-15-2013 09:55 AM by djg | 3 comments »

There are so many ideas on the internet for table saw blade guards…Some are good, some are not so good. The main thing is to determine the need and purpose. Well, the need and purpose is easy: Something to cover the blade and provide some way to deter the user from feeding their hand through the blade or making mistakes like trying to pick up a 1/4” cutoff that is sitting next to a spinning flesh shredder! Dust collection is secondary. Here are some issues that I have found wi...

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Part 4: Telescopic Overhead Mount and Table Saw Shroud Progress

04-18-2013 05:05 PM by djg | 0 comments »

So I have been working on some details of my overhead mount and shroud. The overhead mount was constructed of steel. I wanted something ridged since my ceiling is about 6’ above the table saw. I designed this mount in several peices. One piece of the mount has a flat plate that will attach directly to the ceiling. Another piece of steel slides up into the ceiling mount like a telescope. Several tightening knobs will be used to secure the telescopic section in place. At the bottom...

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Part 5: Ceiling Mount Completed. Blade Shroud Almost.

04-21-2013 08:08 PM by djg | 0 comments »

The ceiling mount is now completed with the exception of some tightening knobs. I screwed a few pieces of 2×4 across the ceiling joists since there was nothing above the directly above the table saw to attach the mount. I painted it white so it would blend in a little better with the shop. You can see that the mount is offset to the left of the blade but there is a horizontal L-Bracket that can be used to shift the shroud left or right over the blade. I had to use a couple of guide ...

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Part 6: Almost completed!

04-25-2013 09:27 PM by djg | 1 comment »

So my dust shroud is almost completed. I have now completed the overhead mount with guide wires for stalibization. The shroud has been mounted to the overhead mount and counter weighted although I may need a little more weight to make it easier to lift. I have added the adjustment knobs although i am currently short by one. The overarm duct was constructed using 4” ABS pipe. This setup was a little tricky. I had to use the bill pentz static calculator worksheet to figure out st...

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