Tablesaw blade guard with dust collection!

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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 04-01-2011 01:47 AM 79857 views 131 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built it from plans from Shop Notes. The plans call for attaching the rear part of the guard to a 1 1/2” conduit tube that would run down the back side of the table and attach to a mast attached on the right side of my extension table. This is a great Idea unless you want to make beveled cuts and still have dust collection. With the blade tilted it would hit the guard and wreck it. I pondered this problem for s few days and then finally it dawned on me to use the attach point that my original guard used. So I cut out a bracket from 1/8” aluminium and re-built the aft part of the guard to attach to the bracket. Now I have a guard with dust collection with the blade square to the table an with it tilted. I ripped several boards to make sure the bracket didn’t interfere with the wood and that the guards lift assist worked correctly and that it captured the saw dust. Everything worked great. With the blade tilted there was a very small amount of saw dust that managed to escape on the right side of the guard but nothing near what I would get without it. This was a lot of fun to build and it will help me keep the shop clean some of the time. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 02:11 AM

Nice build. Curious as to how heavy it is? Did you use hardwood or ply? I love the idea of using the cushion or couch attachment to get down by the blade….great spot to collect the dust as most blades throw the dust forward.

Thanks for sharing this project.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 02:15 AM

cool do you remember what issue of shop notes you saw this in?

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 02:21 AM

Really cool looking. I remember seeing this. Only issue I see is that the splitter is pretty far back behind the blade. If the wood were to pinch it might do it before the splitter.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 02:26 AM

thats the spirit
innovate and improve
great build and i like your approach to the dust problem
catch it at the source


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 02:31 AM

Hi Jason, Good point about the splitter. Perhaps the splitter can be fabricated larger such that the distance between the splitter piece and the blade is shortened.

Good work, Mike, for taking care of your health with this addition.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 02:34 AM

Reggie I used Poplar since I have some that is salvaged from an old piano, and the floating part is fairly light. Mike the plan came from Shop Notes Vol 16 Issue 92. Jason I have a splitter built into my other insert plates, I really don’t use the bracket as a splitter.

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 03:11 AM

cool deal…thanks for posting and thanks for the reply

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 04:51 AM

Nice, I’m definately favoriting this!

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 09:12 AM

Looks real professional!! maybe you should go into the biz! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 04:27 PM

Looks very useful. Are you getting good results?

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

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 07:41 PM

Beautiful work and very smart.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 01:47 AM

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Rex it works very well, it captures 95% of the sawdust that usually flys out of the top. I’m very happy with the results.

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#13 posted 04-02-2011 11:55 AM

Nice build DC blade guard, and you build it just like Shop Notes design. Very cool solution at the end mounting it.
Very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 04-02-2011 01:26 PM

Cool cool cool. I really like this one. The dust leaving the front tip is a real bugger.
Good job. And you made it all pretty too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 04-02-2011 02:20 PM

Google found this for me:

ShopNotes Vol 16 Issue 92

-- Life is a one lap race.

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