Hooking a planer up to the system

A hood like the one shown at right can be custom-built to capture most of the dust generated by your planer. Make the hood from galvanized sheet metal, cutting the pieces with tin snips. Leave tabs where the pieces overlap so they can be pop riveted together. Make flanges on the sides to improve the seal and a hole in the back for the dust collection hose; you will also need to create a lip along the top to connect to the ledge of the planer's chip discharge chute. Use an adapter to join the hood to the hose, inserting one end in the hole in the hood and the other end in the hose; reinforce the connection with a hose clamp. Fasten the lip of the hood to the planer with sheet metal screws.

Chip discharge chute ledge

Collection hose

Dust Chute Backflow Seal

Collection hose

Chip discharge chute ledge

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