Improved Dust Collection for Belt Sander on Total Shop

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Project by HankLP posted 03-06-2021 01:49 AM 1106 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Total Shop was a short-lived “knock-off” of the well known ShopSmith back in the 1970’s. It’s a hog for room – a bit over six feet long – but makes a great sanding station with 6” x 48” belt, a 12” disc and good sized cast iron work tables. I also made a drum sander for “thicknessing” instrument wood which replaces the belt sander when needed – see my first project on LumberJocks at

The belt sander has a 1.25 inch dust collection port (now plugged) and an open cast-aluminum chute which was marginally effective. This upgrade includes an enclosed shroud for the dust collector, and a 2.5 inch hose connection to move more air. 1/8” underlayment was attached to raise and extend the chute by tapping threaded holes for 10-32 machine screws in the cast aluminum. I can now connect directly to the overhead 4 inch duct with the single 2.5 inch overhead dropped shared by the router table, planer, and jointer in the center of the shop.

The table saw, jointer and band saw for the Total Shop have been replaced by newer stand alone tools, but the lathe, and horizontal drill are still used on occasion. Just can’t get rid of this beast.

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#1 posted 03-06-2021 02:32 AM

Nice, love to see people be creative with machinery.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-06-2021 12:42 PM

I have been gifted with an old ShopSmith (still waiting for the snow to go away so I can go and get it) but now you have me thinking of more ways to make it useful in my shop! Your thickness sander idea (earlier post that I somehow missed!) will be very useful for my inlay work. Thank you!


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#3 posted 03-06-2021 07:52 PM

Mike, good luck with your ShopSmith, and thanks for the comment on the thickness sander. It gets a lot of use and time to meditate while hand feeding stock.

WoodButcher, Good to hear from you again.

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