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I don't use a blade guard either. I can't see what I am doing. I did buy a Gripper for safety reasons and I really need to buy another one so I don't have to stop in the middle of a cut. I pay special attention to safety while using my TS.
 

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Here's my first try at modifying the stock guard on my Unisaw. It collects a good bit of the sawdust coming off the top of the blade but is a little front-heavy and so doesn't ride up over the material being fed in too well - need to either move the inlet further back or put a counterweight on the back. I've attached a couple of photos of other home-made collectors - the one certainly gives a clear view of the blade.
 

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It's been a few days since I have played with the modifications to the saw, so far I am still very happy. I am keeping my eye out for a good piece of free stock for the outfeed table, hopefully there will be some yard sale left overs on the curb soon.

I did revisit what to do with the extra space to the right of the table, and I owe the inspiration to Rick and his quote in the track saw thread. Rick said, "I wish I had known about track saws before I bought my table saw, as I never would have gone with a huge 53" fence on my table saw , and instead there 36" fence , saving me room". This resonated because I really don't need a bigger table on my saw, so adding another 14 inches would just take up space. However, I could use the wasted space by making a till to hold the Gripper, tape measure, and adjustment/blade tools, but not be too big and become a catch all. I used a few scrap pieces of Poplar, OSB, and white Wainscot to keep the bottom a light color.

I did drill a hole in the bottom of the box (covered by the panel) in case I had to sweep out a ton of sawdust. It's rock solid, removes the little bit of twisting that the blade guard had, and doesn't took too bad. The box sits below the top of the table, so there is no interference with the fence at the extreme right of it's travel. The glue bottle and pencil are behind the blade, so if I am crosscutting something long, it hopefully won't interfere.
 

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Doug, I love the storage you've created. Keep the photos coming, I am very interested to see where this goes!
 

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Doug, I love the storage you've created. Keep the photos coming, I am very interested to see where this goes!
Gary,

I am always struggling with 'junk' on the top of my saw that I have to move if I need to set the fence over more than 16 inches from the blade. I think the idea of the till will prove to be a good compromise.
 

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Just realized I never showed the finished product

I just realized I never showed the finished product after the table saw mod was done.

The shop is a mess, but hopefully this shows the end result.

The outfeed table is awesome, I designed it to be removable and fold up, but it hasn't left the saw in a year. The blade guard works great, the storage in the tool till is very handy. The overarm is magnetic, so everything sticks up their, my calipers, the remote for the dust collector, the push stick; all within easy reach.


The dust collection above the table is 'so-so', but it is better than it was before. If I am cutting Corian or MDF I put the shop vac on the guard instead of the dust collector. Could just be time for a bigger dust collector...….
 

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I have an overarm DC hood (see pix)that I bought a couple of years ago, but never installed. Still in the box. $177 online shipping extra. Bought a Shark Guard instead. The PCI Table Saw Dust Collection guard is for sale. Anyone interested, PM me. Be happy at $75, +you pay shipping. Probably more a West Coast, MidWest thing.

That said, the Shark Guard really does a good job of deflecting the sawdust spit out the top. The first pix is the beauty shot, the second is the guard on my saw, with incra miter gauge in the background. A tiny bit of sawdust 2-5% or so leaks out the side, but nothing hits me in the face or decorates my clothes.

I was going to shop build what you guys are talking about, but when I looked at total cost, it made more sense to buy the solution. But for some kinds of cuts, you must remove the guard, and that's when the Grripper shines. Don't know about you all, but I've conditioned myself so I just cannot bring myself to get within 6 inches of any spinning bit or blade. There are always safer ways to do stuff.
 

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