I cut a little bit of MDF on my machine and quickly realized a dust shoe is somewhat of a necessity.
Here are my requirements:
-attached to X-axis carriage so it doesn’t move up and down with Z axis
-doesn’t limit X-axis travel
-doesn’t block access to router speed dial or power switch
After some measuring, thinking, and sketching, I made a 3D model:
Some 1:1 printouts, a bit of pizza box cardboard, and a fit-check mock-up was born.
With Z all the way up. Plenty of access to speed dial and power switch through opening on X+ side:
Z all the way down:
Mounts to the drag chain bracket holes on the back of the X carriage:
Bottom plate mounts to the holes in the ballscrew bearing plate (not a ton of thread length, but it’s enough).
I may end up adding some triangular gussets where the front plate meets the bottom plate on the real one. And obviously various holes on the front plate for attaching the dust shoe setup.