Table Saw Blade Dust Collection Hood Issues

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Forum topic by EarlS posted 05-21-2017 12:13 PM 757 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2017 12:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dust collection

I know there are a number of forums discussing the relative pros/cons of the various saw blade dust collection hoods, and plenty of projects of homemade versions. I also read through or watched anything I could find on the dust collection hood but there are a couple of nagging unanswered questions lurking in the back of my mind. I’ve already bought and installed a bunch of slotted angle supports and stiffeners from the big box store and am working out the details of the hood.

Here are my questions:

First: How do you accommodate the miter fence for cross cuts?

My fence is within 1” of the blade (Delta Unisaw). I’m considering a 3” wide hood with a horizontal adjustment that will let me move the hood the the left when I’m cross cutting and center it when I’m ripping or running dados.

Second: Is there a particular reason for mounting the dust hood to the support using the 4 bars that most versions have?

I was planning to make a sliding bar in the vertical support that would allow me to raise/lower the entire hood.

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

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#1 posted 05-21-2017 01:13 PM

Your ideas will work, but check this out for some more. I built this version many years ago and couldn’t come up with a satisfactory way to suspend it in my shop, I moved on to a Shark Gaurd. Still, the basic design is really good, especially the mounting f the hood to the arm.

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