Great at reducing dust; a pain to adjust
Posted January 27, 2014
It significantly reduces the amount of dust created during dovetailing. However, the collector does block the adjusting screws. Since I make a variety of drawer sizes, I drilled a hole through from the front at each of the screws and widened the back holes. This allows me to keep the dust collector in place and access the screws. I've had the same problem with other users regarding the track that the air dam rides in coming loose.
I have to agree with the...
Posted April 1, 2013
I have to agree with the reviewers before me, who had given a not so good review to this product on the base of its poor design. Do not get me wrong, I love the idea of not having to deal with the chips and sawdust in my shop, but you are basically trading off the time you save cleaning up after the mess for the time you waste with the installation of the dust collector. Because you have to install it again and again every time you switch your project. Basically, the body of the collector gets in the way when you need to adjust the L-shaped stops. As somebody mentioned, I thought about routing a small slot in the body of the dust collector to be able to pass the screwdriver, but then again, while the L-shaped stops move horizontally, the brush part of the dust collector moves vertically, so I do not know if this would really work. Besides the fact that you are adding holes to a place where you want to create some aspiration from the vacuum and that the slots will degrade the already weak construction of the collector itself. I appreciate the idea provided by some reviewers of using hexagonal-shaped screws so that you can use a wrench that you can introduce laterally to the adjusting screws rather than a screwdriver, which you need to use from the front. I tried to use a right angle screwdriver, but, first, you have to almost remove completely the dust collector anyway, and it makes the process difficult and you might end up damaging the screw. In a device where you will having to adjust, and release these screws in the L-Shaped stops every time you do a setup it would be not a good idea to damage them but using a tool which is the one not better designed for the job. In summary, the device is excellent for removing the dust, it is poorly designed, and its construction would have benefited from sturdier materials. I am disappointed. have to disagree with all the customers that gave 4 and 5 star ratings on this item.
What a great product. Easy to...
Posted January 29, 2013
What a great product. Easy to install and use. No more face full of chips. Almost all of the chips were sucked into the shop-vac.
I purchased the Rockler Dust Collector...
Posted August 19, 2012
I purchased the Rockler Dust Collector packaged with the Dovetail Jig, and it does substantially help keep the mess down. I’m assuming it was engineered after the jig itself as an add-on because it does really make set-up substantially more complicated. As others have noted, it gets in the way of adjusting the front screw of the “L” shaped adjustable stops, and as it is you have to unscrew and remove the Clamp Bar to be able to set up your project. I’m wondering if drilling a small slot in the back plastic wall at the level of the front set screws would interfere with the clamping function. I will try fix of using a hex head 10-24 screw with a thin open end wrench first though that’s just one more tool to get out.
Great idea and functionality. However, unless...
Posted March 2, 2012
Great idea and functionality. However, unless it is re-designed to be either easy to remove, or easier to work around to set up the jig, I probably won't be using it much.