Making a Homemade Dust Collection System

Now here is a simple woodshop tip & trick we would like to share with you. Not only will it cut down on sawdust in the air, but is quick and easy to make and won't hurt your woodshop budget!  This idea comes from the Waggoner Family Woodworker's shop, and Rob Cosman.

For Jeff's shop, the homemade dust collection system was designed to be attached to a 14" Bandsaw.

The 6 items required were:

1 standard 20" - 3 speed box fan
1 - 20" x 25" x 2" furnace filter
1 - 12"L x 24"W x 3/4" thick plywood
1 - 3-1/2" standard door hinge
4 - 1/4" x 3/4" L self-tapping metal screws
4 - wood screws x 1/2" L 04 4 - self-tapping 1/4" x 1" L screws.
2 - 1.4" Dia. x 1" L bolts with nuts and lock washers
2 0 - 24" bungee cords

*Remember to first place the fan in the correct direction for the sawdust to be drawn into the filter/fan during assembly!
*Balance of hinge position is level critical to allowing the fan to swing and stay in any position.

1) Attach the plywood to the box fan with the 4 self-tapping metal screws.
2) Assemble the hinge to the bottom center of the plywood as shown above using the 4 wood screws or 4 self-tapping metal screws through the wood into the box fan.
3) Assemble the box fan/plywood/hinge assembly to the neck of the bandsaw using the 2 - 1.4" Dia. x 1" L bolts with nuts and lock washers.
4) The furnace filter can now be placed into the entire assembly using the 2 bungee cords for quick and easy cleaning and replacement.

Before this dust collection system was applied, Jeff's garage woodshop had layers of sawdust everywhere while using his bandsaw. Jeff stated, "95% of the sawdust has been captured using this homemade, less expensive system, and it cleans up very easily."

Rob's dust collection system is a similar design but is a stationary unit that hangs at an angle from the top of the saw.

Thanks Jeff and Rob for sharing your ideas with Woodcraft!

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Comment by Mitch Gagne on December 20, 2012 at 11:13am

I placed a box fan UNDER my scroll saw about 6 inches off the floor...sucking a cheap furnace filter over it....Catches a lot of the fine dust...take filter outside once a week and blow it great.....

Comment by Cliff on May 18, 2012 at 2:03pm

That's more like filtration isn't it?

I've contemplated building a huge impeller on the squirrel cage model out of plywood.  Maybe 4 feet in diameter and a couple feet wide.   I actually have a useless nook where such a beast could fit. The size being  a way to get high CFM and Delta P without all the screaming howling racket of a smaller impeller.

Then coupling it so either a cyclone tank or some other precipitation based separator. 

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