I changed out my regular shop vac for an inexpensive Bucket Head from Home Depot.
This allowed a little more storage room in that space.
The hood works great and is easily removed if needed.
All the extra space is great for placing material I am working on, or simply going through the bins underneath.
A few weeks later I discovered I can't chop thicker stock like I used to. This was because of the new fence. Having an immediate need to cut thicker stuff, I revised my fences so that they no longer covered the factory-made fence.
I also took an extra tape measure I had and cut it up, and attached it to the top of the fence.
This makes it a bit easier to measure.
...and it goes all the way to 46".
Unfortunately when attaching the tape measure I was 1/16" off. Since it's difficult to re-drill screws so close together, I simply wrote a reminder to myself on the fence.
Unfortunately the tape measure doesn't sit flush on top of the fence. So a few days later I decided I could simply print out a ruler and glue it onto the fence instead of using the tape measure.
I removed the tape measure and glued on the paper ruler, making sure everything was measured correctly this time.
I left off the number at each Inch mark so that I could write it in.
And this new ruler works a lot nicer than the tape measure did.
Shortly after I decided I could further improve upon the ruler, and so I repeated the process and made a larger ruler that stuck onto the side of the fence.
This makes it super easy to set up a stock block or cut a piece of wood at a specific size.
And everything measures up correctly!
Also after a few weeks I decided to see how well the hood and shop vac was working.
There's virtually no dust on the shelf behind the saw!
All of the dust more-or-less stays contained inside the hood or sucked up by the shop vac.
I eventually drilled a larger hole for the hose to move around in.
I didn't have a drill bit large enough, so I had to improvise. It's a messy looking hole, but it works well and doesn't let dust fall out.
The 2 hoses are connected to each other with a piece of PVC pipe that snugly holds them both in place.
All-in-all, it's a great looking revise, and the blue may look a little funny, but I love it. I can't wait to start chopping stuff!