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How to Make a Scroll-Saw Vacuum

Dust can harm a scroll saw's motor bearings, as well as the user's eyes and nose. Here's how to make a vacuum accessory that'll keep scroll-saw dust to a minimum.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Drill Holes

Set the drill on a low speed. Use a 3/8" drill bit to drill holes in the bottom of the aspirin bottle. After drilling, clean out the plastic shavings.

drill holes in the bottom of asprin bottle

Step 2: Attach the Tubing

Fit one end of a 3/8" piece of flexible tubing into one hole. Fit the end of the other 3/8" piece of tubing into the second hole.

To make sure the tubing is air-tight inside the bottle, apply silicone caulk around the margins of the holes in the aspirin bottle.

apply silicone caulk to attach tubing

Step 3: Attach the Vacuum and Bottle

Use duct tape to secure the end of the vacuum hose to the top of the aspirin bottle (Image 1).

Extend the two tubes from the bottle to the cutting blade area (Image 2). Secure the tubes with electrical-cable clamps.

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