Here is one of the other things I’ve been fooling with lately.
I made a dust collection system for my bandsaw. My shop is in my finished basement, so I try to keep it as dust free as possible.
I hope to resaw soon and I needed to figure out how to deal with the major sawdust that it makes.
The shop is also small, so a shop vac and dust deputy cyclone is about all that will fit. So 2” PVC was the size that I needed to adapt everything to.
I looked online and saw a few things. One interesting concept was collecting directly below the table. Without a big 4” vac system, I thought focusing the vac in one specific spot was the way to go, but I also wanted to collect from the 4” port on the back of the saw and be able to regulate the air flow to it.
Using PVC pipe, some scraps of plexiglass, an odd piece of concrete trench drain, a few pieces of sheet PVC, glue, and some hardware, I basically made everything to fit the saw.
Getting the shroud to fit tightly around the blade and blade guides is important so the vac pulls well. It also needs to come off easily so blade changes and guide adjustments can be done. In this case I made everything install and remove without any fasteners. There are a couple joints which are friction fit for removal. The others are glued and then fastened to the saw frame. I can put the removable parts on in under 15 seconds (I recorded a video and it was under 15).
I made the blast gate so I can open and close air flow to the port on the bottom of the bandsaw. Dust collects in there on all saws, but most doesn’t make its way in there now.
This works better than I expected it to. I did a bunch of test cuts and I get virtually no dust on the table and none out of the bottom of the cabinet. Some minor collecting in the corners of the cabinet, but thats not bad, and far better than with a standard dust collector.
I don’t think its possible to buy a system like this. There are just too many variations across different saws for a good aftermarket product. I’m sure I could have bought a 2” blast gate, but I hate waiting for shipping. Plus I have a blast building this kind of stuff (pun potentially intended).
Still jumping between a few things. A couple more little projects I’d like to make, but I’m itching for something more in depth, and trying to hold out on starting till after the holidays.