Hey George does you planer look as little like this?
Picture 1 is the front of the owners manual.
Picture 2 is my planer which used to be my Dad's.
Picture 3 is what I did to prepare the planer for dust collection. This shield on the opposite side of the cutter head from the factory shield to contain the chips as close to the cutter head as possible if they get any further away from the head you won't collect them.
"Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
"If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart