This dust collection blog series from Rockler started with ideas for hooking up your shop vacuum to your portable power tools and has worked up to connecting multi-horsepower collection to your stationary tools. I hope you have found it useful. For the final post in this series, we want to try and tie all the information together, and point you in the right direction should you need more information.
As you well know, dust and chips can get in the way of accurate work and nowhere is this more true than at the router table. Chips swirling around the cutter create excess heat and can build up along the fence forcing your part away from the cutter. A router table typically needs collection behind the cutter and under the throat plate. Sharp eyed readers of the last column may have spotted Rockler’s Router Table Dual Port on my system (above right). It allows for one 4” connection to serve both locations at the router table and works with the Dust Right Quick Connect System.
We have talked about many products that connect various tools to your dust system, but sometimes there is no good way to capture the mess at the source. For that, a bench top dust scoop positioned nearby may be the right answer. A big square funnel made of high impact plastic, the dust scoop can be quickly set up near your mess. The suction will capture a lot of the airborne dust, and it is a convenient place to sweep the mess off the bench! I have used them at the drill press, behind my chop saw, and even clamped onto my jointer while preparing a big stock run.
As you saw in my last post, my shop uses a 1 hp dust collector that I can connect quickly to whichever machine I happen to be using. But if you have a stationary collector, it is pretty easy to run some pipes and hook all of your tools up at once. Joints, junctions, blast gates and even through the wall fittings are available! Rockler’s website has an excellent selection of all things dust collection, where you can find all the parts and pieces we have been discussing.
Keeping the dust under control will make your shop safer, make your work more pleasant and accurate, extend the life of your tools, and let you spend more time working and less time cleaning up. It does not have to be a major project or cost a fortune, but whatever you spend will be well worth it.