@jwoody18 @chrismakesstuff Thanks for the link, Jeff. I’m still playing with designs and have not settled on one, yet. I have the hose out front and that seems to work very well. As Chris mentioned, the one you linked to attaches to the router, so it goes up and down with it. Many do.
On one of the Sienci pages, Chris goes into the pros and cons of Z dependent and independent designs, and he leans to independent. For my kind of cutting, I think that’s the way to go for me. I tend to do things that require bit changes and the bit length varies quite a bit. So, I go from a short V bit to a somewhat longer 1/8" mill to a longer yet 1/4" mill. With the shoe attached to the router, I would need to change the height of the shoe for each bit. Either that or set it for the longest bit and live with the brush being off the surface for the shorter bits.With my current design/Sienci’s design, I can set the height once and leave it.
I already have the brush completely removable and held in place with magnets, so I don’t have a visibility problem while changing bits. (The top part of my shoe uses the Sienci brackets to keep it in place, but the only part of the brush attached to it is the back piece.) I could always remove the front piece of brush, I suppose, to be able to watch what is going on. The trade off would be reduced dust collection, but it may be worth it.
My biggest beef with my current design stems from my lack of concentration. My order of things tends to be to raise the router in Z quite high, slide the shoe bracket up high, and install the bit. Then I jog to roughly XY0. More and more, I use centre of the piece as XY0, so I jog to that point. Then, I put the touch plate in place to find Z0. Then I start to jog the router down close to the plate, forgetting that I have not lowered the top plate of the shoe, which prevents the router from lowering. Duh!
So, my next iteration - still in the drawing phase - has the top plate still held in place with Sienci-like brackets. But, the opening in the top plate allows the square router bracket to pass through it. I don’t believe that I will lose much dust collection ability, as the lower plate, held on by magnets will still only have an opening just clearing the body of the router.
So far, I’ve been using 1/2" MDF for my playing. However, I’m not sure that it will be strong enough to take the stress from the DC hose if I cut away for the router bracket, without going to a ridiculous width.
The easy solution to my problem, of course, would simply be to pay attention to what I’m doing, which has been my solution so far. I’ve only met with occasional success, however.
Long reply to your short post.