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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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I am a retired High School teacher, presently serving my community as Justice of the Peace. I have been doing woodworking for about 4 years, and enjoy it very much, even though I still have a lot to learn. Have been getting some help from my son who is a journeyman cabinet maker. My latest project completed has been a router table which I built from a plan in Shop Notes. I too had a question about a router table switch, and was able to acquire one from the USA dis tributor of Wolfcraft products. It works just great. I own three routers, a DeWalt plunge router, a fixed base Porter Cable, and a small trim router. The router table which I built has a port which attaches to my shop vac, but I still seem to get more debris on the floor than into the shop vac. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Welcome to the RouterForums Clarence. Thanks for becoming a member of our community.

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I'm messing with the same issue right now. I think the solution is to essentially make a box around the router, attach a vac to one side and provide some holes on the other side for make-up air. The design should be such as to maximize the Venturi effect, essentially a jet-like effect that sweeps any debris right into the vac port.

The box could be created by the design of your table, e.g., through drawer side partitions, but you could also simply make a separate box that mounts to the underside of the table. Rockler even sells a box like that.

If you tell us more about your table, you might get more concrete suggestions.

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Hi Clarence. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

How powerful is your shop vac? If it's like mine, small, it might not have enough suction to pull the sawdust into it. I used mine on my table initially and that is what I found. Now I have a dedicated dust collector and it made a HUGE difference.


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