Smart Dust Collection for Your Bandsaw
The bandsaw generates lots of dust and particles that, if not collected, are carried into the air or the lower wheel housing to build up and deposit on tires. Most bandsaws come with a dust-collection inlet located 4 to 6 in. below the table—too far away, in my view. For better results, I designed this shopmade inlet to sit just below the table and as close to the blade as possible.
To make it, you will need a length of 1-in.-dia. schedule 40 PVC pipe, some PVC fittings (at least a coupler and an elbow), and a wooden block for attaching the pipe to the saw.
The design of the lower wheel housing differs from saw to saw, so you will need to size and shape the block to fit yours. For my 14-in. cast-iron saw, I used a 3-in. by 5-in. block, 3⁄4 in. thick and grooved on the back…