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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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I had posted pictures of my new table and had a lot of great comments and suggestions. One came from reuelt. He suggested that I NOT have a vacuum system under the router because it may prohibit the fan on the router from blowing air over the router motor.
I really had to look this over closely and tonight I did. The fan on the router does blow air from the top end (bottom end if mounted in the router table) thru the motor housing and out the other end. My thinking is this, as he was suggesting, if the vacuum is strong enough and is pulling air from the bit area, it may be doing two things. 1. It could cancel out the effect of the air trying to move thru the housing. 2. It could be pulling all that dust and wood pieces into the motor housing which is now facing up due to it being mounted in the router table......and I don't think that either is good.
So...... I'm going to build at housing that will mount just under the baseplate area that will catch a lot of the dust before it reaches the motor. Basically it will have four sides and the "bottom" will have an opening in it the size of the base so the router base can be removed if needed The "top" will be the base plate area. I will have the vacuum port attached to one side of one of the sides and the area between the base plate and the "bottom" board will get most all of the suction. I'm thinking that it will also be pulling air right above the motor opening which will be even better because that is where the air is existing from the router fan anyway.

Ok... I may be really going overboard here but I feel that it may help my router last longer by keeping it cool and clean plus catch a lot more of the dust before it gets near the router itself.
I'll take pictures when it is done and let you know the results.

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Sounds good Palmer and we will be waiting to see those pictures.
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Good post, I will also be looking forward to your future post on this.

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Just about finished with the mod. on the vac. system..... hang in there.. pictures coming within a couple of days....
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I'm cold.... dusty....and tired but the work has been completed....
Will post pictures tomorrow......
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Ok here are the pictures... sorry that I've had to post them this way but I don't have an area on this site yet.

I have basically built a "tray" of sorts and inserted it into the cut out area in the table, below the base place. I then built two "U" shaped channels to direct the air from the vac. system. One from the bottom where the vac. port was and one to carry the channel over to the "tray". The tray is 2" deep and I would have liked to made it deeper but I needed to get to the latch that hold my router in the base and allows me to make adjustments. There is some sawdust in the bottom of some of the pictures but I had to use the router while making this and I just got lazy and didn't clean it up when I was finished. The system works great. The vac. system sucks the dust from the fence area and from under but ontop of the router. The router itself is blowing air from the bottom-thru the motor casing- and up into the "tray" area which is keeping the router cooler and cleaner and also stiring up the air a bit so the vac. side can do its job. There is enough space around the router / tray opening that is doesn't cause too much suction where it could stop a board from smoothly going over the bit area of the base plate.
Well there you have it... a lot of thinking involved..for me anyway... and I feel it will help my router last longer. Thanks reuelt for sparking the idea.

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i like the idea, iv been tring to think of a way to set up the pickup from under the bench, that still alows me to acces the adjustments, one nail hit on the head.
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Hi Guys

Many,many routers come with a vac.pickup device/tube just plug in a hose and run it outside the cabinet and into a tee fitting ..if you don't want the chips inside the cabinet..
Then you can still pop the router out to change out the bits or what every..

below, here's just one of the many routers that are setup that way..


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Cool Don't be offended but,

Palmer, you may not like this idea, but it seems to me that bobj's idea would have freed up the space under the whole shootin' match for storage of bits and the like. Rather than the channel inside the box which is basically all you need in the first place, and not the box...unless I'm so far off the reservation, I can't see the lake for the water! Additionally that size box wil hold at least 2 years of chips! Only kidding! Bill PS my friend, I like your avatar. We'll stick together when the hard times come!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yea my Dewalt has a vac. pot on the other plunge base but not the one I have attached to the base plate. Also I had looked at many a plan and built the table as it is...and had to do with what I had.... next table build will be different. Live and learn. But I feel I'm better off that I was before. Thanks
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