Router cabinet dust collection size???

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Forum topic by scribble posted 12-19-2018 12:00 AM 454 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2018 12:00 AM

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I am building a new Router table based on NYW plans and am trying to decide between doing a 4” dust port or a 2” dust port in the main cabinet. I am going to do a 2” port on the fence dust collector like my previous build.
I am currently running a 4” system through out the shop.

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 12:28 AM

I am planning mine now and will have 4” to the cabinet with a take off of 2.5” for the top.

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 02:25 PM

Another vote for a 4”, 2-1/2” combination system.

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 05:52 AM

That matches my setup. However, I found that the additional vent holes in the door panel weren’t needed. I also kept the area around the router as small as necessary, just enough to remove the router from the area or to loosen the router adjusting clamp. This keeps the dust suspended as it passes through the cabinet.

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#4 posted 12-20-2018 09:54 AM

My fence has 2 1/2”, and 1 1/2” at the router.

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#5 posted 12-20-2018 03:53 PM

I prefer to use a shop vac to collect my router table. I collect just at the fence. IMO collecting the box is not worth running ducts. I vacuum out the box as needed & give the router a quick blow with compressed air. Takes me 30 seconds and I don’t have to run ducting to table.

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