my weekend workshop #2: Miter Saw dust shroud

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Blog entry by noweyrey1 posted 04-21-2012 01:57 AM 5297 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was more of an experiment than anything but I’m satisfied with how it turned out. I was tired of sawdust going everywhere in my garage when I used my miter saw, so decided to try build a shroud out of some scraps and some vinyl sheeting so the dust collector could be more effective. I have a shop vac under the miter saw that collects the dust from the saws port which doesn’t collect much at all. Eventually I’ll build a more permanent cabinet with a downdraft table underneath the saw itself and use a bigger hood, but this works for now. I would say its about a 50% reduction in dust going around the shop which is worth the work. Enjoy the pictures.

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 02:56 AM

I’ve been thinking of moving my mitre saw to a mobile bench and making something like you’ve got only out of cloth or canvas. I’d thought that letting it form into a cone at the bottom with a vacuum hose at the bottom of that cone might work out. I the past few years I’ve tried several things will little luck. This would be one more.

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:38 PM

Collecting dust from the power miter saw is definately a challenge. In my small shop I have yet to create a solution that works for me. It is good that you have the space to utilize such a method of dust collection. I look forward to seeing the completed setup.

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 03:43 AM

Yeah I have the saw in the middle of a two car garage. I’m trying to nicely fit all my tools into half so I can put 1 car in the other side but its been a challenge to stay that organized. I have a lot of respect for the people that do woodworking from a basement or a shed. I’m spoiled with what I have for space.

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