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!