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Better Dust Collection

By: Erich Lage & Logan Wittmer
Here's an Accessory for Your Router Table That Helps Control Dust and Chips.

01 04 1 There are times when the dust collection feature on the router table fence doesn’t do the job at hand. In my most recent case, I was using a flush trim bit and had to remove the fence all together. The dust collection solution I came up with is what you see here. 01 04 3 Vacuum Clamp. As you can see, my idea uses a shop vacuum hose and head held in a clamp. The clamp is made out of a few layers of plywood and has a wide base. The base gets clamped to the router table, and the hose is held in a hinged clamp. A shop-made latch holds the clamp closed. 01 04 5 The clamp block cutout is sized to match the diameter of your shop vacuum hose.

When I need to deploy the holder, it’s simple to clamp it to the table and lock the hose in place. The tilting head allows me to position the suction where it’s most effective and I can control the suction area by swapping heads on the hose.

Published: Jan. 4, 2024
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