Connecting a collection hood to a router table

A hood attached to the fence of a router table will collect most of the dust produced by the tool. Cut the hood from

SHOP TIP Vfe-lnch plywood, sizing It so the sides hug the outside edges of the fence's support brackets. The bottom edge of the back flange should rest on the table; the top flange should sit on the top edge of the fence. Before assembling the pieces of the hood, cut a hole through the back for the collection hose. Also bore holes for screws through the sides and screw angle irons to the back so that their inside edges are flush with the opening for the hose. Screw the hood together, then fit the collection hose in the back. Use a hose clamp to secure the hose to the angle irons and position the hood on the fence (above). Screw the sides of the hood to the fence brackets.

Adapting standard sheet-metal ducts as dust hoods

Commercial sheet-metal ducts can be modified to serve as efficient hoods for your shop's dust collection system. Some examples are shown here. Use tin snips to cut the duct to a shape that suits the tool at hand. The duct should fit snugly around the chip discharge port or dust spout of the machine. Screw it in place with sheet metal screws.

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