Planer Dust Hood

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Project by sansoo22 posted 10-01-2020 03:56 PM 1427 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project goes with the theme of my band saw fence I posted yesterday. Making the best of the tools I can currently afford. This dust hood might not win a beauty contest but it creates a nearly chip/dust free experience at the planer.

The hood is constructed of scrap 1/4” and 1/2” plywood I had on hand along with a Powertec dust port I ordered off Amazon. It completely replaces the factory dust hood and uses the factory mounting points as you can see in the third image. I did make a slight mistake on my measurements and lost about a 1/8” capacity on the planer. I’m sure some day I will be upset about that but don’t worry I have more than enough hand planes if that day ever comes.

Here is the original hood hooked up to my new Jet DC-1100 and the chips left all over the floor from planing oak. As you can see that was simply unacceptable when I just forked out a decent amount of cash for the DC and piping.

And here is the front planer bed after hooking up my new dust hood and running some more oak through it.

The increase in suction/airflow of the new hood was so good that it vacuumed up a bunch of chips the old setup left inside the planer. I’m sure if I had angled the bottom of the new hood I could have increased the efficiency even more but honestly I was tired of cutting angles by then.

That wraps up this project entry. It’s nothing fancy but maybe it will inspire somebody to build something cool for their shop.

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#1 posted 10-01-2020 04:19 PM

Looks like it works as well as any 4” OEM type shrouds. Paint it orange or black to match the planer and no one would think it wasn’t original.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-02-2020 04:05 PM

Not too shabby….It looks like it will do the job ok….Was that your own design, or did you get it from somewhere else, or someone…?

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 10-02-2020 04:35 PM

Not too shabby….It looks like it will do the job ok….Was that your own design, or did you get it from somewhere else, or someone…?

- Rick Dennington

That was my own design from just playing around with the stock shroud, some card board, and the new 4” plastic port. I honestly didnt think it would work out or I would have spent more time with the fit and finish. Maybe round over some edges and give it a good coat of black paint.

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#4 posted 10-08-2020 05:08 AM

Well done and congrats on the DT3!
Added to favorites for ideas on my Delta planer.

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