No, most of the dust gets thrown to you, so to the front is better.
You don't need both. Most of the goods you cut will be flat. But when
you are tenoning or cutting splintes the arm will be in the way. The
right side attachment extending to the left is pretty standard for a reason.
Consider large EMT so that it does the dust collection. Not your EMT
that you used to wire the place. That would work for just supporting it,
but consider putting the dust collection through the support just the
way a store bought unit works. Attach an elbow and you are good to go.
Sounds like the overhead guard on my 1948 Delta - but alas, no dust
collection. It does have a dust chute coming out the back but it's
square :-). Take a look at:
This message was for rec.woodworking - if it appears in homeownershub
they ripped it off.
Larry, Thanks for proving I wasn't completely-delusional. After posting
about a "C-clamp" in the first place, I was concerned folks wouldn't
have a clue about what I was talking about (and I could not have blamed
> I think if you marry Sonny's and this together you would likely come
out with a nice unit.
> You might even marry some pvc into the support arm (along with the
pipe for some dust extraction).
Jeff, I think your idea of using PVC for a dust collecting support arm
has a lot of merit.
One could pick up a few ideas from the support arm of this unit:
I can imagine getting a support structure in order using a half-a-roll
of duck tape? But maybe that is cheating. ; )
Well, that is useful to know. I'm becoming sorry I didn't keep the
base from an old halogen lamp. I've got a similar one right next to me,
and it's base seems to be 20 pounds at least. Attaching a 3-foot length
of PVC to that, I might have a structure for a blade guard in short
order. If anyone is worried about safety, please don't, it's too early
for that. I'm just thinking out loud (sort-of).
I have the original equipment blade guard with splitter. But I upgraded
the splitter to a riving knife (and that's how I got to this point).
I finally finished the article. I really enjoy reading articles like
that one. Here are a few comments:
--The hood having a solid wood front obscures vision too much. It's also
a little too narrow (for my tolerances/comfort zone); he may have built
--He's got a 1 1/2" diameter conduit beam being supported by just one
mast (bolted to the far right end of his saw).
It bothers me to have that beam hanging... Something is going to
crack, break or sag. I would use 2 masts (some commercial systems use
"nested masts"). In fact, if I had them handy, I might two lamp bases
with a length of EMT between them? Think of the possible lighting! ; )
Yes, we're having fun. I wonder what a Festool Blade Guard would look
like? I guess it would be green. But that's no advantage over having a
solid wood front!
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