Dust hood-to-lathe adaptation

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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.

8 thoughts on “Dust hood-to-lathe adaptation

  1. Patrickiv says:

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

    1. John Park says:

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

  2. Alan Parekh says:

    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.

  3. tigerzero says:

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

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John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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