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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I am just about finished building my router cabinet. One question I have at this point is - How many folks use the 4" d/c on the back of the cabinet in conjunction with the fence mounted d/c? Is it used - Always, often, or sometimes? Many of the cabinets I've seen on this site have the capability of attaching a 4" d/c hose. I am preparing to attach the 4" and as I look at the 2 1/2" d/c attached to the fence I wonder will having both attached reduce the suction?
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hey Paul.. take a look at the pic below. Then, after you're done saying what the hell is that all about...here's the story...

1st, I find that a 4" collector is a much better choice for taking the dust out of the bottom of the table during routine routing. I decided to put the 2 1/2" elbow on, in case I was using my 4" line elsewhere's, I could attached my shop vac. The fence fitting on mine is off the side instead of the back and works extremely well. Everything was there, so I figured just make use of it as needed, when needed. In all, I probably spent only a few extra bucks to cover all my bases and over the course of the lifetime of the table, I suspect it will more than pay for itself.
I use the fence port maybe 1/3rd of the time..otherwise, I use the ports off of the cabinet..
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I connected the 4" to the cabinet and used a hole saw to make a 2 1/2" hole that the fence hose plugs into. The suction in the cabinet creates flow in the fence connection.

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I also use a 4" on the router cabinet with a 2" connection to the fence. I agree with Bill that the 4" works well to clean out the cabinet and the good airflow keeps the router cool too.
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Very good points indeed. I like the setups. Should be the last step and when done I will post some photos since I took most of the ideas from this forum to put everything together.
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I was hoping some one had figured out a way to put a 4" port at the back of the fence. I only have 4" hose or shop vac hose right now. So what I end up doing is grabbing one of my crutches to hold the 4" hose at the height of the 2.5"/1.25" combo port and then wiring the clamp on the hose to the fence (been a bit, forget exactly where) so that it matches up with the port. I mainly want this as I am too cheap to buy 2.5" stuff too.

As for underneath, I don't have a cabinet yet, just an open bench top table. I put another 4" hose there to catch what falls and if possible have it partially aligned with the end of the table to catch dust that comes off the table with the board or shoots through the dado or rabbit I am routing.
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Derek...

run a 2 1/2" hose from the port on your fence to the floor, then use a 4" to 2 1/2" reducer to connect the two. Making the connection on the floor will take away some of the stress on the back of the fence.

you can find a reducer just about anywhere...Peechtree comes to mind:

Dust Collection Fittings - Reducers - Peachtree Woodworking Supply
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Looking through my shop of leftovers I am unable to find 2 1/2" hose lying around for the fence connection. So for now I will just use the 4" at the back of my cabinet. However, I like to try new things and while thumbing through Rockler's catalog found this.

Dust Right Router Table Dual Port - Rockler Woodworking Tools

I may give this a try since I will need to order hose anyway. Any thoughts here?
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Paul,,, looks like 2 birds with one stone... you'll still need a length of 2 1/2" hose, looks to me like that fitting will suite your needs just fine...
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If you have, or find an old vacuum cleaner, use the hose and connection parts off of it. Works for me.

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