Miter - RAS - Drum - Wall #6: Fence tricks + dust collection.....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 03-17-2012 03:02 AM 3368 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Decided I need to finish this up…here are a couple of tips that have probably been posted before, but I just stumbled on them for myself recently:

First – cut a 12” reference board that can be used for shorter cuts on the miter saw. Just set the fence with an extra 12” and use the spacer board for shorter cuts. Works perfect for the miter saw. My dilemma is I have two saws competing for the same fence…..

So, here is the solution..

Set the fence stop at 12”...

Lay down the reference board along with another board that overcomes the offset of the 2 saws…..make the cut:

Now when I set the fence on the miter saw and use the offset board, I can make exact cuts of the RAS…

Next – finished up the scrap bin – it’s on a slide and is removable if you pull it up:

Here is the scrap target :)

Next up – seal the frame gaps of the drum sander and the RAS… is the drum sander before:

And after:

And the RAS before:

Built a a removable dust collection insert for the RAS starting with this:

And ending with this:

It locks into the RAS with a dowel and a cutout that is lock-tight… it’s removed:

Modified the dust collection again…............2-1/4 hose to the blade guard and 4” hose behind the blade.

Thanks to SASmith for the dust collector idea. Appreciate it.

Here is a video of the very first cut with this dust collection. Watch close – the dust shoots up, but eventually goes away….

Thanks for looking….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 03:24 AM

Jeff the shop is getting closer to being finished. It looks like you are plugging the holes and finishing the bins. Nice. The DC on the RAS is impressive. While you are making a cut a small cloud appears next to the saw blade. But the DC picks that right up. Good job.
Now I was enjoying myself and you turned around and I read your shirt. Cool. My wife’s boss has one for sale and I am wanting to go take a look.
But I get distracted easily.
The shop is coming along nicely. Thanks for the update.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 03:38 AM

Impressive work on your shirt, opps I mean shop. Yeah, I noticed the shirt also!

I will need similar DC, once I rehab my DeWalt RAS. You system appears to work quite well.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 03:45 AM

Thanks Dave – I have been pecking away at this dust collection thing for 2 long weeks now…...but I think it works….

I ride a Triumph, obviously… it…..a few years ago I made made a solo run down to Georgia with the trumpy, If I knew now what I knew then, I would take a run by SuperDavs…..Now – I wouldn’t do anything like that without cruise control on the bike…....gettin old I spose…..

Randy… ride?

Thanks for the comments!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 04:17 AM

Looking good Jeff. Did you get a chance to see how the miter saw’s dust modification helps?

And, I am still waiting on projects to roll out of this fancy shop…other than shop projects, that is. : )

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 04:19 AM

upgrade and upbeat

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 03:15 PM

oh yes, that’s what I’m talkin bout. suk that nasty dust up…. nuttin wrong with Triumphs either. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 01:37 AM

Hi Jeff. Impressive detail engineering. I´m taking down notes for my someday miter station.

Seems you Triumph shirt got all the attention today. This is almost becoming an of topic!! :)

Lot of riders here.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 01:45 AM

Appreciate the comments!

Shane – the miter saw dust collection is working pretty good…..I did however design the RAS dust collection so I could run an an extra hose to the miter saw…...probably work on that another day…...And – aren’t you supposed to be working on a project?! :)

Fernando – we don’t want this to go off topic… know how tempers flare around here….:) nice hearing from you my friend…...And what are you working on?? I keep thinking you are going to post another masterpiece?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 03-18-2012 10:08 AM

Looks like it does the job JL. I don’t have a RAS so I guess I will not be using that idea LOL..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 03-18-2012 04:03 PM

Great setup.
I enjoyed following your build blog.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 03-18-2012 04:13 PM

Very cool.

I’ve also found that “close” is pretty good for the dust collection shroud behind my RAS.

And …. as a BMW R1200GS rider … life IS better on two wheels :-)

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 11:56 PM

Tim, Scott and Neil – appreciate the comments…..have more hours on the new rig now, and so far, so good…pretty happy.

Neil – cool on the R1200GS…..nice bike…..:)


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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