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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. The nozzle is attached by a bolt 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. The 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 crossarm to fit inside the U. Cut a notch in the crossarm 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 crossarm for a hanger bolt.

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

— Len Urban

This workshop tip originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine #245.


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