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Take Aim at Power-Tool Sawdust

Rather than invest in shrouds and pipe connections for both my drill press and scrollsaw, I use a stand-mounted boom that adjusts to put suction just where I need it. To build the "dust cannon," I cut the post and mounting arm, as shown below. To cut the slots in the post and arm, I made several progressively deeper passes using a plunge router equipped with a 3/8" straight bit.

Next, I cut a circular lid from 3/4" plywood to fit snugly into the top of a five-gallon bucket, and cut the slot for the post as shown. I slid the lid partway up the post, and attached the post to the bottom of the bucket. Then, I filled the bucket half-way with sand, slid the lid into place, and attached it with screws.

The "barrel" is made from 3" thin-walled PVC pipe. I shaped the mounting blocks to fit the curvature of the pipe, positioned the mounting blocks and arm on top of the pipe, and then drilled a 1/4" hole through all three pieces. I attached the arm to the post with a carriage bolt, washer, and wingnut, and then bolted the pipe and mounting blocks to the arm. With a dust-collection hose clamped to the end of the pipe, I just aim my cannon at its intended target and "fire!"

--Pete Burgoyne, Wawa, Ont.

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Comments (5)
junkmail38437 wrote:

Enlarge image works for me

1/3/2015 03:26:50 AM Report Abuse
Gnugs wrote:

Why bother with the "+ Enlarge Image" when it doesn't.

9/13/2012 02:07:21 PM Report Abuse
opalko1 wrote:

I can't believe that little carriage bolt and wing nut will secure that long piece of PVC. As soon as you attach the hose (notice how it is floating in mid-air in the drawing), the hose will pull the PVC back end "down", the front end will go "up".

12/30/2010 01:05:06 PM Report Abuse
Mark E. wrote:

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

11/27/2010 05:52:41 AM Report Abuse
lou van dyne wrote:

thank you for the sawdust boom plan, so simple and easy to make. making one this week and the box joint jig too. thank you again.

11/24/2010 10:08:36 PM Report Abuse

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