My $0.99 dust shoe

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My $0.99 dust shoe

Post by potatotron » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:46 am

My original plan for my new mill was to buy one of IC's dust shoes because his ACME rod and Dewalt mount kits are top notch, but unfortunately I can't afford the loss of the Y axis millable space.

Within the last few weeks there's been discussion on dust shoes and the drawback that the bristles obscure your view of the milling, so here's my workaround: clear tape and a soda bottle.

I made several mockups with paper to get the holes for the vacuum and router sized and placed correctly, then cut that template out of a $0.99 bottle of Cactus Cooler from Ralph's. I used clear packing tape to hold the sides together, then more on the bottom edge, folded on itself then sliced into 1/8" fingers.

I just finished assembly of my new mill today and have only made three cuts but so far so good. I'll post again in a week or so with an update.
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Re: My $0.99 dust shoe

Post by twforeman » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:07 pm

Clever. Let us know how it works out!
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Re: My $0.99 dust shoe

Post by danimal » Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:59 pm

I moved my dust shoe off to the side of my 660 like that too. I used a vacuum piece from a belt sander that I bought from good will and connected a piece of tubing to it that I got from ace hardware. I think that the whole thing cost me about $12 to make. I am going to make a little U shaped piece to hold the top section of the vacuum port to the 660 mount, but I am in no hurry because it seems to be working just fine with the zip tie. :D

For now I am just using paper towels cut into a ribbon strips and the two sided tape that cam in the kit to make a little skirt for the lower plastic piece. It seems to hold on there just fine and they last for quite a while if you don't take them off and on frequently. I just needed a quick solution because the 660 throws chips far and wide. I am going to make a permanent one out of craft foam when I feel the need.

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Re: My $0.99 dust shoe

Post by potatotron » Fri May 10, 2013 2:28 am

Hi everybody,

I've been using my ultracheap dust shoe for a few weeks now and so far so good. Here it is in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smoe_385paY

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Re: My $0.99 dust shoe

Post by bjbsquared » Fri May 10, 2013 11:50 am

Awesome.

I will be doing this myself so look forward to questions lol.
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