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I am building the Crestonwood version of Norm's Ultimate Router Table. Both show a 4" collection for the under the table port and a 2 1/2" for the fence port.
Does the under the table need more flow or would it work better with 4" going to both?
I could also use the Rockler 4" to duel 2 1/2" Y fitting to evenly split the 4" hose coming from my dust collector. Would that work better?

I am using the 1hp Shop Fox dust collector,

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Everything in my shop collects dust. OK, I'm looking at getting a DC later this year. Will be interested to see the replies.

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My dust collector sucks but not as much as I wish it did.
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did a modified version of Norm's table I set up w/ the 4'' on the bottom (under the router) and the 2½'' on the fence using the Wye that you are thinking of using...
had the 4'' on the back of the router box... the bottom take off worked way better...
did consider 6'' bottom and 4'' fence..
point...
the line to the fence reduces to 2½'' anyways and will allow only so much CFM of air no matter the hose size...
also.. filleting the ISC's work like charm... highly recommend it...
this is how clean the box stays...
the door holes I drilled one at tome to find optimum air flow
the hole in the back of the box is a cable grommet...

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I have the Rockler Dust Bucket mounted underneath my table; 4" hose from the back of the box, 2-1/2" hose from the back of the fence. I started with the 4" x 2-1/2" T-adapter shown, added a 90° elbow so I could move the table closer to the wall and finally changed the T-adapter to a Y-adapter based on discussion on this forum. With this set-up -and the vent shown in the photo opened to the correct amount - there is almost no sawdust left in the bottom of the box when I've finished working. I move the hose between my table saw and router table so use the Rockler QD Handle (wish they still made this version, the new one is loose and sloppy).
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I hook my 1.5 HP dust collector for down below and my shop vac to the fence. For me, a router table is the easiest tool of all to collect dust. Just guessing I am thinking I collect about 95% of the dust.
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I use the Rockler 4"-2 1/2' wye on my fence and under table box, I put an adjustable makeup air port in the side of the box under the table to give plenty of air to the 4". If you are cutting down the total air flow in the system in any restrictions to the amount of air it can draw, adding makeup air in the box will help maintain max airflow , IMHO.
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Looks like you have a makeup air port in the side of your box too.

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Looks like you have a makeup air port in the side of your box too.

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Yes, the Dust Bucket comes with the air inlet - and it really works. One time, I noticed that the sawdust was building up in the box which it had never done before. A check showed that I must have inadvertently closed the vent - opening it up about 1/2 way solved the problem.
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I like the idea of using a shop vac on the smaller hose. A dust collector just doesn't provide enough static pressure (vacuum) to move much air through a 2 1/2 inch hose.

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