Australian Woodsmith 9th January 2019

Maximise Dust Collection

My router table has a split face on its fence. This makes it easy to adjust the opening to accommodate router bits of varying diameters. The problem is, dust collection is less effective due to the opening in the fence.

To get around this, I installed Masonite baffles. They overlap and slide past one another while reducing the opening in the router fence.

The process is simple. Cut a narrow slot in each half of the fence face. The width is sized for two thicknesses of Masonite. A bevel on one end of each strip helps realign the baffles if the two fence faces are ever pulled far apart.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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