Dust port for older thickness planer

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Project by WoodChips_Mac posted 09-18-2012 12:39 PM 2254 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got an older thickness planer from a guy on Craigslist for a really good price. It didnt come with any kind of dust collection as it is and older Harbor Freight model. Before you say anything about Harbor Freight, i didnt know it was HF until i was on my way to get it. He had it listed as a Delta, since that turned out to not be the case, he came off the price that i had already talked him down to on the Delta. So i decided to give it a go. He also told me if i didnt like it he would give my money back.

ANYWAY… like i said, it didnt have any dust collection. For a planer that is no bueno. Chips flew EVERYWHERE!!. so i got to work thinking how i could collect the chips. the store bought funnel type ports wouldnt fit mine so that was out. So i had to make it.

I had some 1/4” ply laying around, i didnt want to use too thick of stock because of the way i had decided to connect it to the unit. i decided to make a box that kindof sandwiched the chip opening between the top and bottom pieces of the box, which would also hold the box in place. The box is intirely put together with glue, being that its only 1/4” ply there was no room for screws or even brads. i do have some support triangles inside the box for rigidity. it overlaps the unit by 1” on top and bottom, there is no sag at all when i connect the dust hose.

I cut the hole with a trim router (curtesy of my awesome BIL – Jeff Wenz) and a jig i threw together just for this project. heres a tip when cutting a circle with this type of jig…when setting your pivot point, measure for the radius from the opposite side of the bit. i didnt do that, i wanted a 4” opening, i got 4-1/8”. oh well, it still works perfectly.

If you guys have any suggestions on how i could improve on this design or totally revamp it please feel free to let your voice be heard :).

-- "Still Learning"

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 12:47 PM

Nice job—clean

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 01:10 PM

Awesome Macster!

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 01:13 PM

This looks great – the only thing I may have done is to replace one of the sides or top with plexi – that way you can easily see the chips moving and when they get clogged (which they will eventually).

Great job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 01:37 PM

thats a great idea Bob. i didnt think about that….i also didnt have any plexiglass laying around either. kind of a spur of the moment project that needed to be done. i was out in the shop wanting to work on something while poly dried on another project so i said “hey i can make it out of this plywood” so i did. will definitely loo into replacing one of the sides with plexiglass tho. will probably have to redo the whole thing tho since its put together with glue.

-- "Still Learning"

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 05:22 PM

I have a Rigid 13” planer with the factory dust collector port and it still throws alot of chips. I think that it is the nature of the beast. Plane a board … go git the broom.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 05:24 PM

the only chips that come out of this one are the ones that shoot our the front but they are very few as well…this port catches everything that comes out the back.

-- "Still Learning"

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