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    I've been constructing a router table with an enclosed cabinet to house the router. (about 18d X 20w x 14h).

    I plan to add dust collection for both the cabinet and the fence. Past experience has shown me that when I'm using the router as a handheld, I get better DC when connected to my Festool CT26 instead of my Oneida V3000 due to static pressure. Will this still be the case when stuffed into the cabinet, or will there be greater benefit from the much higher CFMs of the Oneida?

    My table is close to the DC and I have a short 5 inch flex line available if I use he Oneida.






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    Hey, Nestor,

    I've been wanting to improve the chip collection of my cabinet-mounted router and am listening in on this discussion very closely. All that I do at this point is plug the 2 1/4" (?) hose from my Rigid shop vacuum into the back of the Kreg fence. The cabinet beneath then of course fills with chips, which I then have to vacuum out as I go along. So... I'm wanting to look after both the above and below table chips and dust.

    I'm thinking that my light-weight shop vac isn't going to provide me the necessary CFM to handle both the fence and the in-cabinet intake. I'm therefore planning - subject to what I hear here, that is - to run a 5" flex hose from my ducted dust collection cyclone - to the cabinet, with an auxiliary tee off of it to a 2 1/4" flex hose connecting to the fence.

    Thanks for starting this thread. I'm paying close attention to what others may offer.
    All the best,

    Marty

    President of Kingston Wood Artisans https://kwoodartca.wordpress.com/

    Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club

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      I get good results with mine connected to my dust collector. Here are a couple of pictures.

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      Mike @ Buck Lake

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        The router table isn't any different from a shaper with respect to dust collection.

        Use a 4 inch port at the fence and a 4 inch port on the cabinet at the top rear.

        Bring make up air into the cabinet through the bottom front...........Regards, Rod.
        Work is the curse of the riding class.

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          Originally posted by Rod Sheridan View Post
          The router table isn't any different from a shaper with respect to dust collection.

          Use a 4 inch port at the fence and a 4 inch port on the cabinet at the top rear.

          Bring make up air into the cabinet through the bottom front...........Regards, Rod.
          I'm with Rod.

          If you have to reduce to 2 1/2 for the fence, do it at the fence.

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            So basically, CFMs trump SP if the ports and hoses are kept at least 4"?


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              Originally posted by Nestor View Post
              So basically, CFMs trump SP if the ports and hoses are kept at least 4"?


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              Yes, you'll note that larger fences such as used on shapers use a 4, 5 or 6 inch port.

              Router table fences use small ports because many of the fences were only a couple of inches high........Rod.
              Work is the curse of the riding class.

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                Originally posted by Rod Sheridan View Post
                Yes, you'll note that larger fences such as used on shapers use a 4, 5 or 6 inch port.

                Router table fences use small ports because many of the fences were only a couple of inches high........Rod.
                That's a good point. Most of the tables I see have low fences, small ports, and connections to a shop vac.

                I haven't built my fence yet so I will work that into the design.


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                  My Jessem router table lift has great under the table dust collection via the integrated dust collection port. There's very little that gets missed.

                  One of the reasons of routers motors burning out is debris when they are used in router tables falling into the ports at the base of the router casing. The less debris that gets in there, the better.
                  Kevin

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                    Assuming that your below table dust collection is basically a box, a 5 inch hose coming from a cyclone should be plenty of CFM by itself. The 2 1/4 shouldn't even be needed. You probably with need a vent to reduce suction (will make the work stick to router opening).

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                      This looks like an effective and economical solution....

                      http://store.workshopsupply.com/cata...es-p-4776.html

                      This guy has put together a couple of videos showing how to install it...




                      Kevin

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