Ridgid Oscillating Sander Hood

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Project by NickyP posted 12-14-2014 12:09 AM 6775 views 45 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over a year ago I saw HuckD make a hood for the Ridgid Oscillating Sander. He mentioned he was pleased with his work but did have some dust to the right side of the sanding belt. This is my version of HuckD’s handy work with a few modifications.

First off I enclosed the entire unit from end to end and also enclosed a good portion of the top.

Next I put a small strip of wood on the left side of the hood that is exposed to the belt that’s 90 degrees square to the belt (see thumbnail #1 above). I extended my auxiliary fence on my miter gauge to the belt and it can rest on the strip of wood for a perfectly square edge. I have found this very handy for squaring pen blanks.

Thumbnails 4,5,&6 above show the amount of dust left behind after 10 minutes of continuous sanding and here is a shot of the backside:

I am very pleased with the overall performance of this dust hood and find it to work at about 90+% efficiency.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 12:24 AM

Wonderful job with the modification that made an improvement, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 02:34 AM

Great job and idea , I’m going to give this a try .

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 04:15 AM

Well done.
Nice job modifying HuckD’s design.
Looks to be quite effective.

Thanks for sharing this and thanks for taking me away from “real” projects….
& adding to my ever increasing list of shop projects!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 07:25 AM

This sander really doesn’t do a very good job with dust collection does it??
I like where your going…................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 12:29 PM

Nice job. This has been on my shop build list for awhile now. I appreciate your posting.
Curious, do you think adding a dust collection port to the hood would pull the rest of the dust you are seeing in the latter pictures?

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 02:33 PM

In response to Rick I think a port in the back might be key to making this a better mousetrap. Of course the current dust port will need to be closed off but yeah, I like it Rick!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#7 posted 12-14-2014 02:45 PM

Great job! Keep up the good work.

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#8 posted 12-14-2014 03:32 PM

What a great idea

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#9 posted 12-14-2014 06:18 PM

Very nice. I am hoping to get one of those units sometime, so I’ll definitely be looking back at this. Thanks for posting.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 12-14-2014 06:19 PM

A great adaptation to a often used dust maker.
I think we should have the “Dust Sucker Award” for ideas like this … You and Huck would have to openly compete in a ... Oh, never mind you win.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Paul Lajoie

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks for sharing. I bought one these recently and love it. It does lack in the dust control department tho. I’ll have to come up with my version for it.


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Kevin May

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#12 posted 12-15-2014 08:32 AM

Hey Nicky,

good Job. I made a similar dust hood some time back. Check mine out in my projects.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#13 posted 12-15-2014 09:04 PM

Are you guys using shop vacs for the dust collection? My shop vac broke a while back and I haven’t replaced it.

So I use my Jet dust collector for this sander and it gets almost every bit of the dust. I have an adapter on the sander that I can use to hook up the 4” hose right at the dust port.

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#14 posted 12-17-2014 03:23 AM

Thanks for the mention, Nicky. Mine is still doing great – I haven’t changed anything. But yours looks like it works even better. Good job.

I have it hooked to the Oneida dust collection but I’m sure a shop vac would be good for this application also.

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