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ive made a pretty nice fence set up for my router table and for the most part it does a really good job however ive discovered something it cant handle and i wonder how you guys deal with this

the problem im having is when making a dado in a piece where the opening in the fence is blocked by the piece that you are routering. the saw dust just seems to shoot out the dado as its being cut and flies across the shop. not much chance of really catching it. is this something i just have to live with?
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ive made a pretty nice fence set up for my router table and for the most part it does a really good job however ive discovered something it cant handle and i wonder how you guys deal with this

the problem im having is when making a dado in a piece where the opening in the fence is blocked by the piece that you are routering. the saw dust just seems to shoot out the dado as its being cut and flies across the shop. not much chance of really catching it. is this something i just have to live with?
Hi Mike - yeah, does that on me too. So far I've been living with it but am interested in a solution. So far the only effective one I've seen is a 1-1/2" hole in the plate about 2-3" on the outfeed side in line with the bit. I'm loathe to put a hole that size in the plate just yet. I've been toying with the idea of trying to attach a floor attachment for a vacuum cleaner on the outfeed edge just below the table top. Sort of a removable deal that could be attached only for doing dado's. Haven't persued that much beyond the concept stage though. I will be following this thread though to see what gets presented.

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Hi Mike:

A suggestion, if I may, is to use a slightly over-sized insert ring in the router plate and add dust collection under the table, around the bit.

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i actually tried something like you mention, i attached a duct to the side of my table to catch the saw dust and while it sort of worked it put a major limit on the length of the piece you could router



im guessing something like this but farther away from the table might work?
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hey cassandra, i get very little dust inside the cabinet so i never thought to put a collection source there. would this actually solve this problem? i kind of assumed having 2 collection points fighting each other would be a bad idea
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Hi Mike

You can call OakPark and order the Vac.system for the OP router table plate, it takes a hole in the plate right behind the router bit hole (out feed end) , it will pickup 95% of the chips on a dado slot jobs..

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Hey John...

Some time ago I was looking at the Oak Park web site and it appears they had a slot (versus a hole) for picking up dust from dadoes. It appeared to me to be about 1 to 1-1/2" long by about 1/2" wide. I've thought about that myself and have considered it, but haven't acted.

Most recently here a couple of weeks ago, while cutting about 40 linear feet of 1/2" flutes in some mahogany, I was thinking about how nice it would be. Even with an oversized insert there was a lot of chips thrown out front.

Maybe someone here with an oak park table can tell us what size there is and if they think it's too large or too small.

I figured a slot may be less likely to catch the leading edge of the wood???

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Hi Mike - yeah, does that on me too. So far I've been living with it but am interested in a solution. So far the only effective one I've seen is a 1-1/2" hole in the plate about 2-3" on the outfeed side in line with the bit. I'm loathe to put a hole that size in the plate just yet. I've been toying with the idea of trying to attach a floor attachment for a vacuum cleaner on the outfeed edge just below the table top. Sort of a removable deal that could be attached only for doing dado's. Haven't persued that much beyond the concept stage though. I will be following this thread though to see what gets presented.

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Hey John...

Some time ago I was looking at the Oak Park web site and it appears they had a slot (versus a hole) for picking up dust from dadoes. It appeared to me to be about 1 to 1-1/2" long by about 1/2" wide. I've thought about that myself and have considered it, but haven't acted.

Most recently here a couple of weeks ago, while cutting about 40 linear feet of 1/2" flutes in some mahogany, I was thinking about how nice it would be. Even with an oversized insert there was a lot of chips thrown out front.

Maybe someone here with an oak park table can tell us what size there is and if they think it's too large or too small.

I figured a slot may be less likely to catch the leading edge of the wood???

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You can call OakPark and order the Vac.system for the OP router table plate, it takes a hole in the plate right behind the router bit hole (out feed end) , it will pickup 95% of the chips on a dado slot jobs..

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hey bob i didnt find the vac system on their website. is it available separately?
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hey bob i didnt find the vac system on their website. is it available separately?
Hi Mike, I think you have to buy the plate:
Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue

Thing is, it says it needs to be used with additional parts that don't seem to be anywhere.


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