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Router Chip Deflector for Dovetail Jig

By: Erich Lage
Here's another example of how recycling is a good thing.

02 17 01 I enjoy using my dovetail jig any chance I get. But it does kick out a lot of wood chips. It’s not a problem for my eyes, my safety glasses take care of that. It’s more about my apron pockets. They fill up after a while and depending on the number of drawers I’m making, it gets annoying. I came across a solution for this when the head strap on my lathe face shield broke. Instead of discarding the shield, I made a collar that fits around my router motor and attaches to the face shield (photo above). 02 17 03 This setup deflects the wood chips to the shop floor instead of filling my apron pockets. The collar is piece of plywood with a hole the diameter of the router cut into it. 02 17 05 Cutting it in two was followed by making a large opening in the front of the collar at the band saw. This gives me a better view of the router when in operation.

Published: Feb. 17, 2022
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