AW Extra 9/12/13 – Vacuum-Hose Dust Control

Vacuum-Hose Dust Control

Dust is a real problem when you can’t use a router table's
fence and its dustport. If you’re routing curved parts with a
bearing-guided bit, for example, you don’t use a fence, but
you do make a lot of dust. I’ve devised a way to suck up that
dust with my shop vacuum’s nozzle. Th e nozzle is attached
to an adjustable stand that allows me to aim the nozzle
directly at the bit.

All you need to make the stand is some common hardware
and a board that’s as long as your router table. Th e
fixture that holds the nozzle is made from two L-brackets.

To build the stand, overlap the brackets so they form
a “U” shape and line up their holes. Center the brackets
on the board and attach them with screws. Cut a wooden
cross-arm to fit inside the “U.” Cut a notch in the cross-arm
wide enough for your vacuum’s nozzle. Drill a hole for a carriage bolt
through the notch. Drill the same size hole through the nozzle. Drill a
pilot hole in each end of the cross-arm for a hanger bolt.

Slip the carriage bolt through the cross-arm and nozzle, then add a
washer and wing nut. Hold the cross-arm between the L-brackets and
install the hanger bolts through one of each bracket’s screw holes. Use jig
knobs to secure the cross-arm at the desired angle.

Shopping List

• 2 – 6" L-brackets

• 2 – 1/4"-20 x 1-1/2" hanger bolts

• 1 – 1/4"-20 x 3" carriage bolt

• 2 – 1/4"-20 female jig knobs

• 1 – 1/4"-20 wing nut

• 1 – 1/4" fender washer

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker June/July 2012, issue #160.