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I made a mistake in the design of my router table cabinet as far as dust collection goes. I made a decision not to enclose my motor to add dust collection based on a YouTube video that recommended against it. I was very happy with just the fence vac port until I had to remove the fence as I started making dados and circles. I then found out real quick that I had a serious dust problem.

So now I need to figure out what to do. I don’t want to spend the rest of the year working on this router table and just want to be done already. I want to get on with the back log of projects I now have since starting this router table business. I’m also tired of buying Dust Collection fittings that don’t connect to anything and I feel that the expense of the stuff is ridiculous for some plastic that’s squeezed out of a machine at a high rate of speed with a minimum of labor.

I’m not sure if I want to buy one of those WYE adapters for two ports or maybe just attach a standard hose fitting next to the cutter hole under the table and just move the existing hose between the two. I have to pull the hose off when I remove the fence anyway and might as well plug it on under the table.

I could enclose the router motor, but at this point I think it might interfere with my plans to add a scissor jack for a lift. I’m also using the back of the cabinet to hang and store jigs which will interfere with the hose.

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You could use something like this from Lee Valley if you're cutting outside circles as opposed to cutting a circle out of the inside of something. It also works on drill presses. If you put some of their steel washers under the table to mount it to you could easily move your dust collection that way (2nd link).
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You could also construct an overarm pickup like some table saws use when you don't have the fence in place for above table dust extraction. For dados the only way is below the table. If you do move the pickup below the table, remember that you can't get dust removal unless you have good air movement. In other words, don't use a table insert that is only slightly larger than the bit.

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You could use something like this from Lee Valley if you're cutting outside circles as opposed to cutting a circle out of the inside of something. It also works on drill presses. If you put some of their steel washers under the table to mount it to you could easily move your dust collection that way (2nd link).
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You could also construct an overarm pickup like some table saws use when you don't have the fence in place for above table dust extraction. For dados the only way is below the table. If you do move the pickup below the table, remember that you can't get dust removal unless you have good air movement. In other words, don't use a table insert that is only slightly larger than the bit.
Thanks Charles,

I didnít know they had such a thing and I like the idea of magnets, because I can easily move or adjust it.

I didnít mention this but itís very difficult to get my finger around my Porter Cable base to press the lock when changing bits. One of my concerns was how was I going to reach the button with a vacuum port in the way.

The picture below shows a screw driver pressing the button, but itís so difficult to remove the outer ring that I havenít been doing it like that. Plus I have to remember not to bring up the motor too high because then I canít get my finger in the hole.

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As far as the nut goes MLCS has an off set wrench for $14.95 the Porter Cable one is
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Johnny, there are many methods of dust collection available that a little research will uncover for you. Here are some photos of the Betterley Stacc-Vac. The Stacc-Vac has been in use for almost two decades by professional solid surface contracters. We will be demonstrating the Stacc-Vac at the ISS event on May 26.
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While I have achieved adequate DUST control I still need to sweep up chips. Is the nirvana of dust control (meaning NO operator clean-up) achievable?

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None of the systems are 100% Bill, but many are running around 98%.

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Johnny, there are many methods of dust collection available that a little research will uncover for you. Here are some photos of the Betterley Stacc-Vac. The Stacc-Vac has been in use for almost two decades by professional solid surface contracters. We will be demonstrating the Stacc-Vac at the ISS event on May 26.
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While I have achieved adequate DUST control I still need to sweep up chips. Is the nirvana of dust control (meaning NO operator clean-up) achievable?
I wish I would have taken a photo before cleaning up. It was unbelievable and I had to push everything outside and blow it all down with my leaf blower. i spent hours cleaning it up and now I'm worried about how much MDF is in my lungs.

The above photo was after bringing it back in from outside.
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