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I was getting tired of sweeping up after routing signs and decided to make a sawdust collector specifically for sign making. I made it out of 1/4" mdf and some 1/2" plywood because I had it on hand. This is a revised version.

My initial attempt had a 2" high opening and it was absolutely worthless. Even sawdust sprinkled in front of it would just drop to the table instead of going in the collector. My shop vac couldn't handle that large an open area.

So, I revised it and made the opening only 3/8" high, added a box on top that serves as a 90ļ elbow and allows for the hose to be attached. It doesn't catch all the sawdust, but it catches the majority of it. You can see from the "After" photo how little sawdust is on the table after finishing a sign. The low profile is nice and I made the bottom long enough so I can clamp it to the edges of my table.
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nice clean fit and finish too...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Nice job Oliver

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Clever idea, Oliver

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Really like that, Oliver. I wonder how something like that would work on a table saw. I may have to try that.

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love your stuff, Oliver...always makes me think how I would use it...

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What a great little idea seems to do the job a treat. On the bottom of the opening would it help if it was tapered down to the table to ease the flow
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Very creative.....as usual. Thanks for sharing
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I was wondering if a guy was to have sanded that bottom edge to a 45 degree angle if it would have made a differance?

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I was wondering if a guy was to have sanded that bottom edge to a 45 degree angle if it would have made a differance?
It probably would make a slight difference, Rick, but the bottom is only 1/4" thick and although a little sawdust does build up there, the amount is negligible. The bottom is MDF and I think adding a sharp edge would make it fragile.

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