When it comes to dust-making power tools, my table saw is probably the biggest culprit. Besides being a nuisance, dust poses a health risk.
The large openings and gaps found in table saws make corralling dust and chips a challenge. These handy tips can quickly improve the dust-collection capabilities of your table saw without spending a lot of money.
The best places to start is by sealing off the large openings in the saw. For a contractor-style table saw, that means the big opening in the back of the cabinet. Since the motor, belt, and blade guard extend from the back, closing it off isn’t easy. Here’s my solution: I cut a 1⁄4″ plywood panel to size. Notches and openings wrap around anything in the way. The panel is held in place with strong rare-earth magnets recessed in each corner. This panel only works for cuts when the blade is 90° to the saw table — which accounts for most of the cuts that I make.