4-Way Lathe Dust Collection Chute

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Project by doubleDD posted 02-26-2015 06:05 PM 10753 views 29 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I get in to this let me tell you I built this primary for the lathe but I can see this being used for other bench tools also.
This started with my dust chute (big gulp) being mounted on a roller stand for use with my lathe. It worked out OK but when I needed to use it for another power tool, I had to disconnect and move it. Besides it was taking up valuable floor space and that I don’t have. I locked myself in the shop the other day and was not coming out till I had it mounted to the lathe stand.
Well that was too simple. After finishing I took a look and said it would be great if I could slide it left or right to catch more dust on bigger blanks. I saw I had some Miter channel and Miter slider as you can see in the picture below and put it to good use. I though of making a dovetail slide out of wood but was afraid the sawdust would jam it up. The Miter channel I had was 32’’ which if fine now, but if I get the bed extension, I will have to upgrade to a 48’’.

It worked out well and I sat back to admire it. Then I said how about having an adjustable height on it. Built a U shape frame with with some slots and knobs and mounted it to the original frame. At the same time I realized it it will now tilt also. Wow, now I really felt good about myself. Miller time, here we come. But I started to think since I will be using this strictly for my lathe why not come up with a way for moving it in or out from the work piece to catch even more dust. So here we go again. I took the 2 boards I had screwed to the lathe stand to hold my framed chute up and installed a couple pieces of t-track, enough to cover the capacity of my lathe which is 16’’. So I made them 9’’ long which is plenty.
I have been testing this for a couple days now and it’s wonderful. I set the chute for the height of the blank, set it back just enough to clear it, tilt it to any desired angle as needed and slide it left or right for the length of the blank. I am very happy the way it turned out especially that now I can catch a lot more dust and chips.
I would be willing to do a blog on this if there is any interest. It’s pretty self explanatory, but if you have questions, please ask. I have more pictures if needed. The total cost would be about $40-50, and that’s mostly for the miter and slider but if you go with a dovetail slide and made your own wood knobs the cost other than wood would be nothing. Thanks for looking.


-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 06:33 PM

Hello DoubleDD

Very nice idea and really well done

I like this concept to ” kill” the dust

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 06:54 PM

Dave, this is just the idea I need. As you know I have been working to upgrade my shop dust collection system. I stopped short of building a permanent one for my lathe because I ran out of ideas :-). Thanks for sharing this with us buddy it is a great solution and with your permission I will be copying your idea.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 07:08 PM

Thanks Diggerjack. I appreciate the comment.

Lee. I’m glad you could use some of this idea. Seeing that you’re in the dust catching mode it’s a perfect time for you. I still like your idea of having the motor and housing mounted near the ceiling. Still working on that one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 07:28 PM

Well thought out and designed pick up unit. Although i don’t have a lathe, this design is so Multi-functional, I can see it being adapted for many bench uses where no dust collection unit currently exists. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 07:45 PM

Now that is cool. Very useful Im sure. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 07:52 PM

I too, like HillbillyShooter, don’t own a lathe and can also see many uses for this. Real clever, simple, and practical…...Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 08:31 PM

Great idea! I favorite your post and plan to build one once I get my set back up. Thanks

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 08:49 PM

Well, Dave, you’ve done it again. I’ve added this to my favorites and plan to use it when I build my new lathe stand ( based on yours) later this year. I really like the way you designed it for up, down, tilt, back and forward. Much better than what I came up with for mine. I guess when I get my new set up built it will have to have a plaque that says “Inspired by DD” on it. Great job. And, yes, a blog would be beneficial.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 09:13 PM

Great solution Dave and nicely made too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 10:05 PM

Very nicely done.

I screwed a DC shoot to a board and clamped it to my bench for sanding some time ago, and realized “there’s got to be a better way”

Now I know what that way looks like and have it bookmarked for reference.

Thanks for posting.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 10:10 PM

Hey John,thanks. Maybe you can use it for your fly tying table. ha ha .

Thanks for the nice reply hoss, I’m hoping to get a lot of use from it.

kdc68 thanks. Maybe you and John should go get a lathe. LOL

Hi Jesse. Thanks for the favorite. Keep me posted when you set up and build one.

Darell, you have some great projects. I will have to take a second look. Thanks for the nice comment. Only if you make a plaque make sure it says ’’double DD’’ LOL Thanks.

Thanks Mike. Keep up with the carvings. I keep thinking about it in the back of my mind.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 11:05 PM

Good work Dave. Very innovative and from the comments above, it will no doubt be copied over and over again!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 02-26-2015 11:34 PM

I don’t have a lathe and have never operated one but this is just a brilliant tool for the shop. Great idea.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 11:55 PM

Super cool!
I need to do something at my lathe also, tired of all the dust in the workshop, the floor and most of all in my nose…
So I look with happy envy at your system.
Best thoughts,

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

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Paul Lajoie

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#15 posted 02-26-2015 11:55 PM

Great idea! I’ve been trying to come up with a way of attaching my big gulp to my lathe. This will be going on my favorites and to the top of my to do list. Thanks for sharing!


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