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I have just about finished my new router cabinet and trying to plan for dc. Previously I had a open table and did most routing ouside the garage, since it was easy to do and I have no current dc. However I do plan in the next year to purchase a cyclone and it seems that most people will drop either a 4" or 6" flex to their table with a 2 1/2" going to the fence. My question is what do I really need? If I have a 6" port on the back of the cabinet, then do I also need suction at the fence? What would be ideal since I'm just planning for dc. Thanks for any advice,

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Also consider how to collect dust that gets shot out the end of a workpiece.

For example when cutting dado, t-slots etc.

In the t-slot case, the only place for dust to go is out the end and all over the shop. So putting a collector at the end in these cases can save quite a bit of cleanup.

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Hi Tom,

I just finished my cabinet not too long ago and currently only have DC under the table (via a shopvac). I find that 90% of the stuff gets sucked up, but depending on the job at hand sometimes I get quite a bit of stuff shooting out the back of the fence. The conventional wisdom seems to be under the table and behind the fence and I guess what I am saying is I think that would just about do it for me. I plan to run another 2 1/2" line to the fence and that should keep things pretty clean.

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Tom,
I would suggest no less than 4" to the table and a 2" or bigger to the fence. You will be surprised by how much the fence opening will pick up. That is when you are using the fence. Some even put a pick-up on the left edge of the table for when you are doing dado's and such.

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Those are good tips as far as all the dust that goes off the end of the table. I forgot about that and will need to make a provision for that. I guess I'm inclined to do a 6" port on the back of the cabinet and then probably see what else I need.

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Tom,
I would suggest no less than 4" to the table and a 2" or bigger to the fence. You will be surprised by how much the fence opening will pick up. That is when you are using the fence. Some even put a pick-up on the left edge of the table for when you are doing dado's and such.
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And the Cyclone is a great choice!

That is on my list of things to do next.


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