Dust-Proof Any Tablesaw
Enclose the saw, direct the dust, and you'll clear the air
Synopsis: Retired pilot Richard Babbitt has figured out how to harness the power of airflow to keep his workshop free from dust–specifically, to ensure that the dust from his contractor’s saw goes into the collector and not his lungs. By closing off most of the saw with wood panels and allowing air to flow rapidly through a few areas, he has managed to capture most of the dust from his tablesaw and keep the motor cool in the process. Intrigued with his ideas, two Fine Woodworking editors applied his principles to a hybrid saw and an old cabinet saw with equally impressive results.
From Fine Woodworking #205
As a retired pilot living in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, I often fly cancer patients to the mainland for treatment. Having witnessed the plight of these patients, I became earnestly motivated to minimize dust in my shop after the government categorized…