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This project appeared in our September 24, 2004 Newsletter.

Router Vacuum

One of the messiest tools in my wood shop is the router. Every time I use it I have to break out the vacuum and clean up the shavings for the next fifteen minutes. I don't have one of those wonderful vacuum systems in my shop so I have to use my shop vac. This handy vacuum attachment helps eliminate that problem.

You'll have to adjust the dimensions to fit your particular situation. You may have a different size hose coupler or you may have a closer area to clamp your router vacuum.

Here's what you'll need:

  • (1) 5 3/4" X 18" X 1/2" hard wood, I used maple.
  • (2) 5 3/4" X 5 1/4" X 3/4" hardwood, I used fir.
  • 2 1/2" hose to hose connector or what ever fits your vacuum.
  • Glue
Layout the cutout for the router end of our vacuum on the 5 3/4" X 18" X 1/2" piece of wood. I used the hose connector to set the width of my notch. I placed the hose connector 1" back from the front edge.
I made the two front corners 3/8" wide and drew a line from those points to the tangent point on each side of the connector.
I made a 1" diameter cut in the back to round it out.
I drew lines from each front corner 5 1/4" back to a centered 2" wide area for my clamping handle.

Cut the two 5 3/4" X 5 1/4" X 3/4" pieces. One will be the middle piece and the other will be the top piece.
Glue the middle piece to the opposite side of your layout on the bottom piece.
Flip the piece over and cut out the pattern using a band saw.

Lay out the cut lines for the top to match the outside lines of the middle and bottom piece and cut.
Drill a 2 1/2" hole into the top piece. Center the hole with the edge of the hole 1" back from the front edge.

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Glue the hose connector into the top piece of wood, flush with the bottom, using a filling glue like Gorilla Glue or epoxy.
Glue the top onto the middle piece.

When everything is dry, clamp your router vacuum to the table with the mouth over the router. Plug your vacuum hose onto it and away you go. That should make clean up after you route a whole lot simpler.

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