In our shop (like many) one of the most frequently used tools is the miter saw. Coincidentally, it’s also the machine that seems to make the most dust. In order to keep the dust at a minimum, it was time to upgrade our miter saw station.
The plan is to purchase a second saw, and have the 2 saws share a long, connected fence. So, I started with building base cabinets to hold the saws:
As I previously mentioned, dust was always a big issue in our shop. To help aid in that, I purchased 2 shop vacs and 2 dust separator s from Oneida to help the life of the filter. The setup looks so.ething like this -
The idea of having a shop vac right there is nice, but I needed something to make sure it would always turn on, which led me to these little beauties.
The idea is that the vac is always turned “On”, but power is only sent once the saw is started. After the saw turns off, the vac will co your to run for 5 seconds. Check out this quick video which shows the function:
After putzing with the wiring and vac hose, it was time to build the connecting base cabinets. I wanted easy access to the dust separator, and also a few drawers for everyday stuff like tape measures & pencils. The bottom cabinets will have locking doors to keep the students out, and probably hold things like extra blades, filters, etc.
I normally keep cardboard boxes nearby to collect the cutoff scraps for kindling, so this deep table will be perfect for keeping things organized.
That was enough work for one day. Next up, I will need to connect the second saw to the dust separator, as well as build another cabinet to the left and right for further extension. So far I’m looking at about 10 hours and 4 sheets of 3/4” oak plywood invested, as well as vacuums, separators, and switches. Oh yeah, and 1 new saw!
Thanks for looking! Hope to get a new update soon.
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