Dust collection from router table - Router Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Barry
Posts: 4
 
Default Dust collection from router table

I have read the a lot about routers and decided to buy a 2000 watt Festool router. For the table, I bought the Bench Dog Pro Max table that came with a nice steel 18" x 24" stand and the 1 iron top seems to be very sturdy, but was a real pain lifting it on top of the stand. I have it all together and now for Xmas my wife bought me a Jet 650 cfm canister vac. From the reviews, it seems that this should do a reasonably good job of clearing debris from the cuttings at the fence. Looking at my setup, I am thinking about enclosing the top of the router table an running a 4 outlet out the back with a door in the front for access to the router. Really, can it be this simple to enclose a router to a vac system for dust collection? What am I missing? Is the 18" x 24" dust enclosure to big for the router or should it be made smaller? I could cut it down about 4" on each side. I know from life experiences that things cannot be this easy. Any ideas is appreciated as when I joined the group just a little while back I only had a day of experience and this is only my second post.
Barry
barryaclarke is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 08:35 AM
Registered User
 
LexB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Lex
Posts: 130
 
Default

650 CFM is a lot of air, so the vac may be starved if you restrict too much air flow. You may need to experiment with various size openings in the door to allow enough air into the plenum for efficient scavenging. It sounds like a fun project.
LexB is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 03:56 AM
Forum Contributor
 
xplorx4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Jerry
Posts: 10,671
 
Default

Greetings Barry and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

Wisdom: Where experience and knowledge combine and become one.

"We are all one decision away from Stupid!!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

I have a very good memory, just short is all.
xplorx4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 08:45 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Kim
Posts: 9
 
Default

I built my router table with a hinge in the back to allow me to lift it up to get to the router more easily so I con't have to pull up the top plate that it is mounted on. Seems to work well for me. I put a 4" dust collection port on the back of the lower part of my table and a 2.5" hose to the back of my Kreg fence.

Good luck with your project.

Kim
khowarte is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 08:55 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi Kim

How about not lifting the top just the router plate..no need to lift a ton of wood and router.. :

========

Quote:
Originally Posted by khowarte View Post
I built my router table with a hinge in the back to allow me to lift it up to get to the router more easily so I con't have to pull up the top plate that it is mounted on. Seems to work well for me. I put a 4" dust collection port on the back of the lower part of my table and a 2.5" hose to the back of my Kreg fence.

Good luck with your project.

Kim


Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	old router table A.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	30.3 KB
ID:	39666  


"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097



Last edited by bobj3; 12-08-2010 at 08:59 PM.
bobj3 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 09:28 PM
Moderation Team
 
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 15,672
 
Default

Barry,
I just closed in the channel between the moveable fences on my router table fence and drilled a hole for a 1 1/4 inch shop vac hose. It gets rid of 90+% of the dust even with MDF. It really is that simple. Like Lex said, be careful not to starve it for air. You could look at the attachment Lee Valley makes for their steel router table. It just attaches to the table with magnets and you set it as close as you can to the bit. It is part # 05J21.10 if you want to look at it. What I built isn't a lot different.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-09-2010, 08:50 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi

No need to buy anything most of the good routers come with a Vac.attachment for the router when you use in for hand jobs, don't take it off just hook the hose when it's in the router table it will suck up just about all the chips and dust from the router, you can make a tee mount hose adapter by using some PVC tee pipe from HD/Lowes/hardware store that will fit the small hose needed for the attachment and still use the one on the fence at the same time.. you could say you have a dual exhaust setup/sucker/

=======




"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build an economy table top and install a mounting plate Mike Table-mounted Routing 93 01-15-2016 10:52 AM
Rigid Model R2900 Router Combo and Ryobi Model A25RT02 Router table bigdave720 Table-mounted Routing 12 04-05-2012 07:27 PM
Do I need a router plate for my new table? Ryan's Dad Table-mounted Routing 16 09-16-2011 06:53 PM
Dust Collection Question Tigerpaw Table-mounted Routing 17 04-16-2009 04:42 PM
How do I mount a Router to a table demaX Table-mounted Routing 3 04-16-2009 06:56 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome