A dust hood for Ridgid Oscillating Sander

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Project by SimonSKL posted 01-04-2010 07:36 PM 8202 views 34 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a Ridgid oscillating sander from my wife as a Christmas present. Among all the belt sanders that I looked at and researched, Ridgid is the one that I like the most and has the best reviews. HD has never discounted this sander but with 15% online rebate from Ridgid that was my incentive to get it now.

The dust collection efficiency of this sander is okay but there is still a lot of saw dust got thrown off at the end of belt. Sanding dust are so fine and they just float in the air. I want to do something to capture as much of the sanding dust as I can.

The work rest bracket gave me the idea to build and attach a dust hood to the end of the belt. I use the work rest as a template to make the top and bottom panels out of 1/8” acrylic sheet. To keep the hood from rotating into the belt a small piece of acrylic is glued on the bottom as a stop (picture 4 and 5). BTW the opaque acrylic panels were rejects from a previous project (Accent Lamps). I never thrown anything away if I think I can use them later:)

Here is a video on how well the dust hood works. The noise is from the shop vac. The Ridgid sander is really a quiet machine.

Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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Pittsburgh Bob

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 07:48 PM

Great idea Simon, I have the same sander and was trying to think of a way to add a better dust hood to it, I guess I know what I am building this weekend.

-- Pittsburgh Bob

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 08:16 PM

Where do we find information on the 15% refund? I’ve been thinking about getting one of these and this might just cinch the deal.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 08:18 PM

Nicely done. You could probably sell those!

I have one but don’t use the belt attachment as I had difficulty removing it to use the spindle option, so I only use the spindles now. I have had to remove the orange plastic cover plate so I can get my work closer in the nooks and crannies and I’ve taped the top deck air holes so that the vacuum has more suction. Not exactly the way the manufacture intended and not OSHA approved, but it works for me.

It’s a nice quiet machine too, but the noise of the vacuum deters any sense of Zen-ism.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 08:20 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 09:06 PM

Hey Simon….

Like P Bob above, I have one of these too and was never satisfied with the dust collection but…..

My second concern with this is the lack of availability of the replacement sanding ‘tubes’ at Home Depot. I had to buy a pack of Ryobi ones and throw the largest of them out because it’s too big for the Rigid one…


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 09:13 PM

Hey Chuck, I just spoke with my son who works at HD regarding the Rigid 15% rebate and he said it ended on
Dec 31st. Bummer, as I got some Christmas $ and wanted to buy this same sander. I’ll keep checking for rebates too and if I find one I’ll pass the info on.

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 10:21 PM

Great Idea i have the same unit and the same issue, the only draw back for me would be that i don’t always use the rest because it gets in the way when I sanding odd shapes. but judging from the video it works well and would be well worth making one for when the rest is in place. thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#8 posted 01-04-2010 10:30 PM

Great tip.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 01-04-2010 10:53 PM

Looks like a good addition; my sander usually has a sawdust dune on the end of the table.

Chunk, I got mine from CPO – reconditioned they are about $160 shipped to your door…
(but they don’t always have them in stock)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 01-04-2010 11:18 PM

Nicely done, I have had my eye on one of these for a while. Will keep in mind for once I get one of these….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 01:11 AM

Blyther: Thanks for the info. :( $30 doesn’t sound like much but it would pay the shipping.

jm82435: Thanks for the tip! I’ll head that way and see what they have.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#12 posted 01-05-2010 01:26 AM

Simon, you could build a few of those and sell them. There are a lot of people with that sander and that dust hood would work great with the spindles also. If you would make anymore, I will buy one from you. PM me if you decide to.

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 02:18 AM

Good Idea Dan… Simon if you decide to make them make me one too. [email protected]

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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phillip mayberry

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#14 posted 01-05-2010 07:40 AM

just got one on craigslist for 50 bucks i like craigslist

-- refinisher

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#15 posted 01-05-2010 03:13 PM

Simon; Let me know if you are going to sell these. I need one!
Nicely done!

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