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  • Tip for TS3612 owners...

    If you build an enclosure for the back of your saw to improve dust collection, make sure you make the slot for the belt long enough to accomodate raising the blade. I made mine out of clear plastic & did all the measuring with the blade lowered all the way.

    Luckily, I discovered this problem with the saw turned off. I raised the blade to install my new Freud LU84 blade (small hidden gloat) & heard this cracking sound. Well, I thought I might have dropped something behind the saw so I ignored it. It wasn't until the plastic shattered that I realized what I had done.

    Kevin

  • #2
    kbrandon,
    Here are some pictures of the back I made for my saw... It velcros all the way around...

    Yes you are right about allowing enough room for the belt...

    Hope this helps...



    Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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    • #3
      Thanks. I actually checked out your design awhile back. I used the velcro idea. Also, multiple pieces. It worked great until I raised the blade that day.

      How long did you make the slot for your belt?

      Kevin

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      • #4
        I will check tonight when I get home a get back with you...
        Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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        • #5
          That would be great. Thank you.

          Kevin

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          • #6
            Looks good---you might want to try two pieces, with a horizontal seam. That worked well for me---less pieces. Velcro is good-----I used magnets, which with 3/8" ply' worked great.
            Dave

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            • #7
              daveferg,

              Does your design allow for the use of the blade guard and splitter? If it does, unlike me , do you have the capabilities to post pictures? Thanks.

              One more question, by closing up the back like this doesn't the DC get a little starved for air?

              Dave

              [ 06-30-2003, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: Badger Dave ]
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              • #8
                No, the DC doesn't get starved when you cover the rear of the TS. There's still plenty of gaps both front & rear for air to enter. What you get is a nice clean motor!

                Now if only the same could be said of the table surface...without having to spend hundreds on an Excaliber/Penn State overarm system!

                David

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                • #9
                  kbrandon,
                  Here is the measurement you had asked for...

                  I also included a couple other close up views so you can get a birds eye view...





                  Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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                  • #10
                    Here's Big's pic with the culprit that causes the most problems. It's not that obvious until you raise the blade to almost full height.



                    David

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                    • #11
                      David,
                      Thanks for expounding on the cut out... You pointed out a very good detail that I was try to imply... I would like to see pictures of daveferg's cover... Got any pictures Dave??? Also the clear plastic cover of kbrandons saw... How about pictures of everyone's saw... I will start a new topic on that one...

                      By the way... I think I am going to replace the Ridgid dust collector box underneath my saw this weekend with one that has a 4" port... Following up on badger Dave's comment, if the DC is starving... The answer is YES, and not because of having a lack of makeup air from the gaps in the saw box; it starving because of the 4" to 2-1/2" reducer I am running on the end of the hose currently... My collection performance will highly increase once the collector can breath properly... I will show pic's once I get it built...
                      Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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                      • #12
                        Big, you can buy for around $7-$10 a 14" x 14" plastic moulded hood with 4" outlet specifically for table saws. From the usual suppliers of DC plastic fittings.

                        David

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                        • #13
                          David,
                          I would love to buy something like that but unfortunately the small town I live in; doesn't offer anything like that... I would have to mail order or drive 85 miles to hunt something down... I have a few odd's and inn's laying around for dust collection... If I can't find a winning combination between my parts I will likely take you up on the advice and just order something... Thanks...
                          Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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                          • #14
                            Hmmm, thanks for pointing that out Cutbuff. Now that I think about it, that is probably what broke the plastic on mine instead of the belt. The slot I made for the belt wasn't long enough though.

                            Back to the drawing board for me. I still have some plastic pieces left. Hopefully, I can get it redesigned shortly. I'll post some pics if it works.

                            Thanks again for the assistance.

                            Kevin

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                            • #15
                              Big, you can buy for around $7-$10 a 14" x 14" plastic moulded hood with 4" outlet specifically for table saws. From the usual suppliers of DC plastic fittings.

                              I had a spare accessory dust fitting that came with my dust collector. Screwed it to a piece of Masonite, screwed the Masonite to the bottom of the saw.

                              Dave

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