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Offline ChuckM

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Kapex Dust Collection -- Dado cuts & Stache shroud
« on: May 12, 2020, 03:11 PM »
Given the discussions in another thread (Kapex Question), I decided to make some dado cuts for a shop project on the Kapex instead of on the SawStop (which would involve changing the blade and cartridge...too much work unless I'm doing lots and lots of dadoes).

For these cuts, the dado depth was the same as the table saw's mitre channels (initial cuts were not set to the right they were repeated). Kapex was used with a short 36mm hose, autoswitch, and Dust Deputy (didn't check if it was empty or close to full). The board was turned around to complete the dadoes as the board exceeded the saw's cutting capacity. And because of that, I did have to make cuts like using a chop saw, and that should be a negative factor for dust collection.

The first two images show the "before" and the last three "after." Judge for yourself the effectiveness of the Stache shroud. All the fine particles that were NOT captured by dust collection gathered right behind the shroud. Imagine if the regular shroud was used, where those particles would be found.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2020, 03:24 PM by ChuckM »

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Kapex Dust Collection -- Dado cuts & Stache shroud
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 09:56 AM »
Chuck a few questions:

Which stache did you use, the short one or the long one?

Did you even use the stock Kapex shroud at all?

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex Dust Collection -- Dado cuts & Stache shroud
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2020, 10:12 AM »
Mine is 4". From Fastcap? Can't quite remember.

I use the regular rubber shroud most of the time, especially when the stock is thick and I need to fold the shroud back. The saw stache version will get in the way, and can't be folded. The stache is a better shroud to use for cutting thin stock and edge cuts. Of course, I don't switch the regular shroud to the stache if I only have a few quick cuts to make.
« Last Edit: May 18, 2020, 10:20 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Kapex Dust Collection -- Dado cuts & Stache shroud
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 11:21 PM »
You gave me an idea to make a jig for dados on the Kapex. A 2"x2" well squared as sub fence with a dowel at each end to fit into the 2 outside holes from the Kapex fences. Would that be feasable?

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Kapex Dust Collection -- Dado cuts & Stache shroud
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 08:38 AM »
The dowel idea sounds a good one when you do trench cuts a lot, allowing you to reuse the same block for alignment as well as spacing.