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Router dust collection 411

I have a router mounted in a lift in a wing on my table saw, would like to learn more about Router Dust collection systems.

Does anyone have a link to any good reading?
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router dust collection is pretty much all about taking the dust up out of the top, through the fence usually. Lots of air flow (suction) is the key. Some dust heads down, below the router, but most rougers try to move air up through the motor to cool it down so the fence sawdust uptake is critical.

This is pretty much the setup I have for my Rockler table. Only change would be using a Y connecter instead of a T. All this hooks up to my 4 inch system. A couple of minor points: 1. you need to brush away sawdust from the plate between passes because sawdust will lift the workpiece up slightly if you don't. 2. The metal box in the picture has an adjustable opening you need to open a bit to supply fresh air to be sucked up into the router for cooling and dust ejection from the tool.

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Tom did you make that box or buy it? If you bought it, where? Nice set up
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router dust collection is pretty much all about taking the dust up out of the top, through the fence usually. Lots of air flow (suction) is the key. Some dust heads down, below the router, but most rougers try to move air up through the motor to cool it down so the fence sawdust uptake is critical.

This is pretty much the setup I have for my Rockler table. Only change would be using a Y connecter instead of a T. All this hooks up to my 4 inch system. A couple of minor points: 1. you need to brush away sawdust from the plate between passes because sawdust will lift the workpiece up slightly if you don't. 2. The metal box in the picture has an adjustable opening you need to open a bit to supply fresh air to be sucked up into the router for cooling and dust ejection from the tool.

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You'll get pretty good dust collection at the fence. That's all I have. Sinvce it's mounted in a saw wing you'll need to check and see if there is anything to attach it to and if it will interfere with anything on the saw. If it's a cast iron wing I wouldn't drill holes for it. That could cause the top to crack.
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You'll get pretty good dust collection at the fence. That's all I have. Sinvce it's mounted in a saw wing you'll need to check and see if there is anything to attach it to and if it will interfere with anything on the saw. If it's a cast iron wing I wouldn't drill holes for it. That could cause the top to crack.
Wing is melamine. Will not interfere with saw. I think I can put something together easily.
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Tom did you make that box or buy it? If you bought it, where? Nice set up
His setup appears to be the "dust bucket" (Rockler sells one)

I've used this one for quite a while and is fairly easy (and convenient) to bolt to existing table configurations. Went with this option rather than rebuilding my setup with a DIY enclosure to accomplish the same thing.

Before this setup I had fence only collection, after running large panel raisers there would always be a mess on the floor, the bucket/enclosure configuration substantially reduces that mess.

Ideally, the collection below the table should be done above the motor, I've tried several configs to attempt this but most seem to just 'get in the way'.

The enclosure system does create a 'swirling of dust' environment around the motor but prudent maintenance will mitigate the condition and prolong the life of the motor.

I frequently use a few puffs of air while the collector is running to tidy up inside the bucket and pull the motor/lift out several times a year to checkout and thoroughly clear the 'embedded' dust that inevitably gets into the works.

Heavy use,of course, increases the frequency of maintenance.
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I bought the Rockler setup, including the metal box below. This is their picture, but almost exactly how mine is set up. I have since enclosed the back and sides to reduce dust getting into the table and installed a shelf which holds boxed bit sets. The bottom shelf holds jigs. You could just as easily make the box out of ply, but you want two things, a door with a magnetic latch to make it easy to reach in, and some sort of vent to allow pulling fresh air into the box for cooling and better air flow to help pull out the sawdust.
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