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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I made an MDF dust shoe a few weeks ago and thought I'd make another one to try some different things on for size (sorry, another 'shoe' reference... ugh!). The first thing I did was to make the holes the correct size. On the first one I made the spindle hole 4" dia. when in fact it is 100mm (3.93"). That meant I had to do some makeshift shimming and it was only holding so-so and I wanted a better fit. The second thing I did is to label the sides 'Dust' and 'No Dust' so the dust and chips will know which side is which...

This is as far as I got on the little project - more later. Ultimately I want to make one out of Acrylic or Plexiglas but right now MDF will suffice.



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Looks good David. Love the labels!

I do have serious reservations about how long the MDF will survive, mainly at the tightening points. A version done in 1/2" aluminum or a good acrylic/HDPE/whatever plastic might do better in the same configuration. Keep us updated on how well it works, and if the dust behaves better thanks to carved instructions.

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Well, first testing shows that it followed directions perfectly - there are no chips or dust on top...

Now I'll see what I can do about getting a brush or clear shield to contain the dust and chips even though Walnut is such an awesome wood even in chip form.


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Here's an update on the dust shoe but I had to upload it as a wmv instead of my normal mp4 so the video quality isn't quite as good as my normal high-quality cutting edge videos...

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I liked the fact that it was clear and you could see inside , but I thought it was rubber , not a tupaware bowl lol .
Good try though.

This is the stuff I thought it was . Wonder how much it costs ?
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That's more like I wanted, Rick, but it seems you have to buy so much of it that it becomes prohibitive for what little I'll use. My 'bowl' certainly didn't work!! LOL!

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Dave,

You can buy just the brush part from, I think McMaster and a couple other places. Then you fit it to your piece. Should be fairly cheap.

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I have used these, Easy-Cut Strip Brush, 1/4" Wide x 3/16" High Backing, 3" Overall Height - https://www.mcmaster.com/#conveyor-brushes/=15r3gm6 $4.39 per foot.

One consideration is the stiffness. If mounted true vertical, any dust screen will add Z axis resistance. Softer or more pliable the better. When I put the short 1" easy-cut conveyor brushes on mine the added resistance really was significant. Since then I angle them out about 10 degrees. I bought 3 feet of 1", 2" and 3" to evaluate and am now just using the 3".

In the near future, in my next order from McMaster Carr, I will probably try the soft horsehair brushes - Galvanized Steel-Backed Conveyor Strip Brush, Horsehair Bristles, 3/16" Wide x 7/32" High Back, 3" Overall Height - https://www.mcmaster.com/#conveyor-brushes/=15r3k0q Of course they are more than double the cost at $9.58 per foot, but dust foot doesn't take much.

Neither of these lets you see the cutting going on.

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I used a similar design years ago. You have to curl the ends up to make it work. In fact I ended up with a "J" shape at the base of the fingers.


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That's very close to the one I did, Bill, very close. Did the sharp edges scratch softer woods? I definitely like being able to see the cutter as it works.

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