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Router table w/PC white pipe

PVC hood corrals shaper dust

Few tools in my shop churn out more chips than my shaper, making a dust-collection hood a necessity. Because my older-model shaper didn't come equipped with a hood, I designed my own.

First, I cut a short length of 4" PVC drain pipe and used a bandsaw (a hacksaw would work, too) to cut a notch, as shown, so it fit snugly against the fence. Using a holesaw, I cut a hole in the pipe slightly smaller than the outside diameter of my dust-collector hose, then filed and sanded the hole for a snug fit. I topped off the hood with a 4" PVC test plug. Since I made the hood, my shop has never been so clean!
--Quentin J. Morris, Apple Valley, Minn.

Installing a Dust Collection Information

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Comments (3)
zmaker wrote:

Use hardboard and magnets to enclose an open frame stand (to provide access to raising/lowering mechanism and arbor nuts). Put a 4" DC fitting in one of the panels and adjustable make-up air port in another. Substitute a 4" - 90 for the test plug. Use a 4" PVC wye and a waste gate to connect the under-table cavity and this above-table pick-up directly to a 4" DC system.

2/15/2015 05:51:50 PM Report Abuse
Phellis wrote:


2/13/2015 01:05:28 PM Report Abuse
2gun wrote:

Why would anyone buy PVC pipe, when you can use A coffee can?

9/5/2011 03:51:22 PM Report Abuse

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