I finally bought a dust collector. It is marvelous on my router table, but
doesn't do much on my table saw. That is not entirely unexpected because
there are so many big opening in it.
I have heard about using sheets of rubber magnets to seal the opening, but
can't find a source for them.
Has anyone tried this? Do you know where they are available?
Or, are there other suggestions? thanks
Sorry I don't have any pics. But I made three seals using 1/4"
partical board, 3/4" thick foam, and small blocks of wood for handles.
Using a bandsaw cut the particle board 1/4" larger all around than the
opening. (I made paper pencil rubbings as templates.) Cut the foam
slightly smaller, but slightly larger than the opening to get a good
fit. Glue the foam to the particle board and glue a small handle to
the other side of the particle board. Allow the glue to fully cure
before using. These work great doing 90-degree rips. But when I tilt
the blade, the seal falls onto the floor. The magnetic sheets should
work too--try the craft section in WalMart.
The material is called "flexible magnetic sheeting" and is commonly found at
sign shops. Here's one source:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Usually. If in doubt, get thee to an Orifice Depot or Stapulls
and grab a batch of 25 doublestick magnet business card backs.
They're fairly thick and worked well for Dina's covers. She's
very holy; from the 1920s when open tools were the standard.
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Check with a local insurance company or realtor as they give them away with
a calendar or some sort of advertising, also check with a local company that
sells advertising giveaways as they would have samples.
At craft stores, they sell magnetic tape. It's made out of the same
stuff that they put on the back of refrigerator magnets, with adhesive
on one side.
What I did was to cut a piece of 1/8" masonite to fit over the back of
the saw (cut out to clear the belt and other protrusions) then put
this tape around the edges of the cover so it sticks onto the saw
magnetically. When I need to tilt the blade, I take the cover off
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The only way to effectively collect dust on a table saw is to install a
blade guard with dust collector.
Most of the dust that becomes airborne on a table saw is on top of the board
I installed a blade guard from Penn State on my new Unisaw and with the 4"
rear outlet on the saw and the dust hood on the blade guard I don't have any
dust on the floor or in the air.
The Penn State guard is the least expensive I've found and is well made.
Of course there are times it has to be removed such as ripping very thin
strips of wood,but it comes off with 1 threaded knob.
I have seen these rubber magnets at Staples, the office supply store. I
believe they are intended to be used as business cards that can stick to the
refrigerator. They come in packages of 50? (100?) and I think the package
was $10~$15. I had a similar thought to use these magnets cards to cover
the various opening on my SuperSaw to improve the dust collector's suction.
Here's another option instead of the magnets and it'll work with the blade
The picture isn't the best, but its basically a piece of cloth that attaches
to the back of the saw. It has an opening in the center with a drawsting to
cinch it around the belt guard a motor bracket. There is enough extra
material to allow slack for the motor to tilt.
This one fits saws similar to the gerneral 50-175, but I'm sure a homemade
solution could be made for other saws.
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