dust control for a scroll saw and drill press

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Project by phatso posted 02-11-2012 04:41 AM 2417 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a newbie into woodworking, I have lurked and taken advantage of the vast amount of help available here since starting this a year ago. This offering may be worthless or discussed before but it solved an issue for me on helping with dust control on:

1. my drill press…especially when using a grizzly 3” drum
2. my scroll saw

1. after fabricating a drill press table, I stumbled on this idea to put a hole the same size as the “nozzle” on my el cheapo Shop Vac. I placed on the “stage right” side to catch the dust off a sanding drum in its clockwise rotation…Works quite well for me.

2. In my small basement shop, my scroll saw has to be moved so I can use it and the fine dust that i get from thel saw is just a nuisance rather than a real problem… with the “success” i had with the drill press, I fabricated a fence with a 1/4” plywood base and screwed it to a hardboard that I had drilled the same size hole for the nozzle of the shop vac. I have a Dewalt 788 and I made sure that the hole would accomadate JUST above the table as it sat on the plywood. I then secured another piece of stock to the plywood that goes under the table about 3 inches from the hose fence . This is so I could then easily clamp it to the saw table without it “rocking.” Then, after pushing the nozzle thru, I used the attachment, upside down, to catch the dust. There is flexibilty in the hose connection and making the hole close to the table top allows the attachment to be flush on the table. With the small amount of air that is pushed thru the air nozzle that came with the saw, the dust and residue is picked up quite nicely.

-- the older i get the better i used to be

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#1 posted 02-11-2012 04:51 AM

Good job on both projects . : )

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 09:45 AM

Very nice, and very effective

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 02:08 PM

That is very good and nice looking. THe problem I wish to pose it that I tried something simular and it always got in the way. No matter where I placed it it seemed that the piece I was cutting would bumb it. Whatr is your experience on this.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 04:50 PM

AS i said…i am really new to this so experience is not my strong suit….
I have had little or no problem on the drill press and i would surmise that is because of the position the hose enters..behind.
I have only tried the scroll saw with a few relatively small pieces. I tend to use the SC more as a band saw for shaping with some blades for 3+ inch wood that I got from Rockler. I was using a hook up before that was a “big mouth”type set up connx to the cyclone type dust collector. That was cumbersome and REALLY got in the way, so right now I am in a honeymoon phase…...I think because of the relatively small size of the thing with the type of clamping, i should be able to position it fairly quickly and of course I can remove the attachment and simply have the hose sticking thru. The fine type dust that is produced from the saw is pushed pretty well toward the orifice by the air current created by the saw’s “blower”...but only time ill tell. I know its an improvement to what I was doing!

-- the older i get the better i used to be

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 01:06 AM

Well Jerrells, it is a bit cumbersome when I tried to do a little more movement of the wood…. but better that it was and if i do any really intricate scroll saw work, this is not going to work as “designed….” Still better than it was by a little! And by the looks of your projects you have had some experience more than me.

-- the older i get the better i used to be

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