Dual Miter Saw station #1: Base cabinets and vac hookup

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 08-17-2016 02:22 PM 1014 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 08-17-2016 04:27 PM

Looks like it is going to do a pretty good job. Since you mentioned Students I am guessing this is a School of some type. Not many Public Schools anymore have Wood Shops , they seem to have all been turned into Computer labs. To bad since not all Kids are going to be really good at Computers.

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#2 posted 08-17-2016 04:49 PM

Looking good and love the switches. Looking forward to following this project

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 08-17-2016 05:18 PM

Yeah this is for our HS wood shop. I teach 4 periods of wood shop with mixed grades of 10-12. When I first started 10 yrs ago we had very few machines, and they were all bench top. We’ve been able to. Hold the program 1 machine at a time, literally.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 08-19-2016 06:53 PM

I just bought the same saw….its awesome

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#5 posted 08-28-2016 12:12 PM

Nice setup

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

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