Table Saw Dust Containment

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Project by Damage Inc. posted 07-20-2010 01:52 AM 6384 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest example of my “Dormroom Industrial” style. The inspiration for this came from FWW #??? article about dust proofing any saw. I have been working with a shopvac for years and finally got a dust collector on Craigslist last month so I finally had my justification for this project.

In the winter I have kept the doors closed and have cut wood to my hearts content. Well, the last two winters I have been plagued with colds and sinus infections. This year took the cake with all of the previous aliments, but add to it pleulrisy and bronchitis. Some chest x rays a CT scan….. Well it doesn’t matter. Time to take some steps to knock the dust down.

I used all scrap and left over material. The only things I bought to complete it was some spray foam and weather stripping. I spend two weekends working on it and finished it yesterday. It’s not going to win any prizes for looks, but it works. If I really get a bug up my ass, I can take the thing apart and use the pieces as templates and make it out of some nicer looking material. I’m thinking I’ll have a Unisaw before that day comes.

This is my first project post. I have a couple more I’ll put up in coming days as well. Love this site. Thanks for letting me share.

UPDATED 08-15-10
Posted a couple more pics of how it is attached to the saw and how I filled/patched the gaps.

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 02:08 AM

very cool!! I’d be happy with just a woodworking shop….or a garage….or a large closet….haha. I live in an apartment so my options are VERY limited. Cool extension table. I bet it makes life a lot easier! welcome to LJs

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 02:10 AM

I like that alot O.K take a deep breath Now turn you’re head a cough…....................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 02:19 AM

I assume by the looks of the legs this is a contractors saw and you just basically boxed in the back which allows the motor to move for setting different angles. Is there any problems with heat build up from the motor or sawdust entering the motor? I have thought about this myself?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 02:22 AM

This is a great, straight forward solution, the best kind. Using materials that are at hand makes the project even sweeter!

-- Gary D.

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 02:27 AM

How hard is it to replace the belt if necessary ? When you say , “dust proof ” , are you saying that no dust comes up from the blade either ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 02:30 AM

I can’t even imagine why you’d need to rebuild that with “nicer looking material”. It looks great for a shop.

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Abe Low

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 03:06 AM

It sounds like you have developed some sensitivity to wood dust. PLEASE take a look at for a good bit of info on this subject.
If you have room you can build a filter box around your delta dust collector. Just a framework to hold several hvac filters to catch the stuff that comes through the dust collector bag.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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Damage Inc.

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 03:07 AM

Thanks for the feed back! This is a contractors saw. Delta 36-982. I think it is discontinued. The right side of the box is cantilevered on the right side to allow the motor to swing when the crank is turned. The back panel is easily removed if I need to access the belt or blow it out with an air compressor. The dust collector is connected to the saw via the adaptor that came with the saw at the bottom. Air for the collector is drawn mostly from the three slots cut in the back panel that draw air over the motor and the throat plate. I can’t seal it up too tight or I’ll actually hamper what I’m trying to do.

It’s not 100% dust proof. There is a little bit of dust that flies up from the blade. But this is mostly because the blade is slightly out of sqaure, no more than a couple thousanths, just enough for me to notice. I’ll have to come up with some kind of vacuum set up. It will get better once I figure out how to loosen up the trunion to perfectly square up the blade.

I made the carcass out of 3/4” and 1/2” mdf, clear pine scrap, masking tape, spray foam, and some carrage bolts. I bought my first piece of baltic birch plywood on Saturday. I can’t wait to finally work with some high quality materials.

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 04:24 AM

Nice—it looks great! No need to upgrade the MDF.

Don’t tell me this thing is held together with blue painters tape. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 05:37 AM

Damageinc, welcome to L J’s, I am crazy about this site as well and it’s a great place to see projects like Yours. Very nicely done, breathing in dust from numerous materials will over time,take its toll and doing shop upgrades like this will aide in minimizing harmful affects. Dust collecting makes a work shop that much better.Keep us posted with the progress and looking forward to those projects You speak of. Once again nice work and stay safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 02:02 PM

Very nice. I can relate to having a saw with a real dust collector. It will change how you work, as in you can just go play for fifteen minutes without changing clothes.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 02:29 PM

I have that same saw. I saw something similar to this in one of the woodworking magazines a year or two ago and have intended to build one, but, like many other projects, just haven’t gotten around to that one yet. One poster asked about heat for the motor, I couldn’t tell if yours had them, but the one I saw in the magazine had air flow slots cut in the back of the box to allow for air to flow across the motor to cool it. From what I have read, for this to work well, it is also important to plug up all of the other holed that are found in the typical contractor saw cabinet such as between the cabinet and the table top and the arced slots for the depth wheel. The solution that I came up with there was an old advertising magnet could be cut to cover that slot and could easily be moved to account for different angles.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Damage Inc.

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 03:13 PM


Thanks for the link. I never want to see another piece of wood again!


I’ve got three vents cut into the back for airflow over the motor. They are hard to see in the picture but they are there. I got the inspiration for this from Fine Wood Working. I had the magazine out on my bench for the last two weeks; now it seems to have disappeared so I can’t cite the issue number.

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 04:48 PM

Lokks great! Exactly what I’ve been toying with in my mind for some time now, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. If you’re overly concerned about the appearance, just spray on some matching gray paint, I think that would be good enough.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#15 posted 07-21-2010 03:21 AM

Great job! Like a lot of folks- I have this saw and I have been looking at doing this. I haven’t in my mind been able to figure out the specific details to make it work and wonder if you have any ‘secrets’ to share. Things that I mentally trip over are the butting together at the rear of the saw as the back side is not flush and the legs splay out. Also- how is this supported? I’ve thought about using bolts on the rear frame or rails mounted to the side. What approach did you take?

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