How to Build an Overarm Dust Collector for your Table Saw

 How to Build an Overarm Dust Collector for your Table Saw

How to Build an Overarm Dust Collector for your Table Saw

Learn how to build an overarm dust collector to retrofit your table saw for improved dust collection.  A lot of the dust generated by the table saw comes off the back of the blade and this shop made overarm collector helps capture that dust.  This video is a follow up to my original "4 Table Saw Dust Collection Upgrades" video by popular request.

The table saw can be one of the biggest sources of dust in a wood shop if it isn't equipped with proper dust collection.  Having dust collection below the table isn't enough since a lot of dust will come upwards off the back of the blade which goes into the air and lands all over everything in your shop.  A lot of newer table saws have above the blade dust collection but older saws aren't equipped with it.  This video shows how I built my overarm dust collector for my Delta contractors table saw and the materials that I used.  The overarm dust collector is height adjustable to suit the thickness of the material that you are cutting.  It can also be used with a cross cut sled which was one of my main design criteria.  A lot of overarm dust collectors or over the blade dust collectors won't work with a cross cut sled which means you can't capture the dust from the top of the blade when you're using a sled.  This overarm collector doesn't function as a guard since the front of the blade is still exposed but that is necessary to use the collector with the cross cut sled.