Workshop Update #3: Miter saw station upgrade part 3

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Blog entry by bj383ss posted 01-09-2012 03:28 AM 18536 reads 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I finished my miter saw station upgrade for now.

I added a hood around the saw and ran dust collection hoses for the saw and the OSS sander.

Dust Shroud

T fitting with blast gate for the saw.

The blast gate mounts up underneath the drop down bench and then it extends to the edge of the bench so I can access it from the front

The tee branches off throught the bench and to the sander.

This is a bad picture but you can see at the top is the dust collector hose and the power strip has the vac tool plug that the saw and sander are plugged into.

I still have to make a blast gate for the sander. Almost done.



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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 03:40 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 02:17 PM

Very nice job!! I really like how the blast gate door extends to the front of the bench! It amazes me how much you can get into the spaces in your shop!

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:29 PM

Ha! You made your own blast gate. I never would have thought of that. Great job!

I’m researching ideas for my new miter station. Tired of working on the floor!

I also love your cutoff storage. Definitely going to include that in my plan.

There’s a dust hood called the downdrafter for like $120 or so. I like it, but I think I’m going to end up making one like you did. How effective do you find yours to be? Are you happy with it? Would you make any changes?

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 01:59 AM

Hello Todd,

Thanks for the kind words. To answer your questions I think the dust hood works very well. The only problem is I have a small vacumn that doesnt pull a lot of volume so dust tends to accumulate in the hood. But that doesn’t bother me I just vacumn it out ever so often. With my old saw I had no hood and the entire bench including all the stuff to the left and the pegboard on the wall were buried in dust. So the hood is very effective at containing the dust inside of it. I am very happy with this setup. I really don’t want to change anything except I would like to hook it up to a DC when I finally get one. Good luck with yours. Some advice I might give you is you are going to have to cut more out of the top for clearance of the saw than you want to but it is a neccassary evil.



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