I have a cast aluminum blast gate and want to connect this to a
Powermatic 66 dust port. The diameters are the same and the blast
gate is slightly tapered. These are slightly less than 4" in diameter
and both ports have about 3/4" to fasten a connector of some kind.
Any ideas? Thanks.
Got a lathe? Attach a piece of something/anything to a face
plate (I prefer a screw center) and turn one side part way
through to one diameter. Flip it over and turn the other
side to the other diameter (nothing is exactly the same
Be a wee bit more careful when you get within the last 64th.
of an inch at the middle.
Paint to match the machine or go for an aluminum finish by
gilding with some Reynold's Wrap.
Great idea! Yes, I have a Conover lathe, plenty of scrap wood pieces,
a few face plates, and a can of aluminum paint. This should make a
sturdy and tight connection, exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!
I used a scrap piece of 2x6 pine mounted on a faceplate and turned it
today just as suggested. The first turning was to fit the PM66 dust
port. I drilled a pilot through the three mounting holes of the
faceplate to get the same center on the other side of the 2x6. Then I
turned the blast gate side. It fits great! I spray painted it with
some aluminum paint to match the blast gate, and tomorrow I'll fit it
together and seal with some silicon cement. Thanks!
Take a piece of 4" Sewer and Drain PVC pipe, perhaps 6" long. Use a
thin hand saw to cut slots about 1" long at each end of the pipe,
perpendicular to the length of the pipe. Space the slots equally so
there are 8 slots on each end. You can now use a 4 1/2" band clamp on
each end to clamp it to the port and blast gate respectively.
I use a Japanese razor crosscut saw to cut the slots. Be sure you use
the flat stainless band clamp, not the crappy wire type clamp some wood
supplies sell. Lowe's and Home depot sell the flat band clamps.
Don't use any duct tape or other type of tape. It will creep and slip
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