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Gary is a friend of a friend of mine. He is a master of building high-quality solutions to problems in his shop. Just watch how he adapts a dust hood to his lathe. The notched stick he crafts for adjusting the hood angle is a thing of beauty.

I wanted an integrated way to hang one of my 2 Rockler brand dust hoods on the back of my lathe stand, and I wanted some ability to slide it left and right and change its angle to accommodate different uses. After thinking about it occasionally for a few months, I thought of an idea similar to the notched adjustment bars in some beach and lawn chairs. I picked up some brackets, screws, and aluminum tubing from the hardware store, and made it happen. The wood used later in the video for the notched angle is a sandwich of poplar with some 3/16″ hardboard (a composite wood) in the middle. This helps it match the rest of the stand a bit, as hardboard and lighter woods are used throughout.

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.


  • Patrickiv

    So…is this like a tutorial for people with a complete wood shop and absolutely no experience?

    • John Park

      Patrick, I’d say it’s more for people who are interested in seeing how other people work, solve problems, and make things.

  • Alan Parekh

    Great video work! I have no need to ever make one of these but I still loved every minute of the build process the way it was presented. Just enough detail to understand the process without making it seem painstakingly long.

  • tigerzero

    An excellent project! An elegant execution of a deceptively simple design. Cheers!

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