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( Less Than ) Ultimate Miter Saw Station #2: Dust Collection Bag

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 66 days ago 781 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I already have tool-activated dust collection on my miter saw, however I wanted to add a dust collection bag for passive dust collection as well.

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- First I built a frame from flexible fiberglass rods. Mine were repurposed from a child’s play tent. I think PVC pipe, or a metal frame would work just as well.

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Next I picked up some slick black bag fabric, and sewed a bag to fit the frame. In the rear of the collection bag, I made a passage for the vacuum hose.

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To keep dust from escaping out the hole, I made two flaps. The flaps are like small pillows, and are filled with felt. I sewed Velcro on the flaps to help secure them around the hose.

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In use, the flaps do a great job at containing the dust.

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I sewed an upholstery zipper to the bottom of the bag, and stapled the zipper to the moveable shelf. I think Velcro would work just as well to secure the bottom of the bag.

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Dust bag completed.

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-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



10 comments so far

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 66 days ago

It would be interesting to see a video of this in action. An interesting looking solution.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 66 days ago

It works well. The vacuum carries away the majority of dust, and what’s left is captured by the bag. Once in a while I vacuum out the bag, but that is easy because there is always a shop vac near by.
There are commercial versions available as well. This one is from Rousseau…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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goggy

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#3 posted 66 days ago

Very interesting. I like the idea!

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hjt

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#4 posted 66 days ago

Very nice. A carpenter and seamstress!

-- Harold

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J Azuma

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#5 posted 66 days ago

Do you think the bag option works better than the box option? Or something prefabricated like the big gulp?
http://www.rockler.com/tabletop-dust-fitting

-- J Azuma

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stefang

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#6 posted 65 days ago

Looks great Willie. It good to have sewing skills.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 65 days ago

J Azuma,
I think a bag or box would work equally well. I don’t think the large dust fitting shown above would be enough to capture the dust by itself. However, you could build a sloped fitting into the bottom of a box.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Tooch

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#8 posted 62 days ago

that looks great! where did you pick up the fabric?

one a side note- do you have to turn on your vacuum or does it come on automatically when you pull the trigger on the saw? I saw a setup like that in a store but don’t know how to do it.

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

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Roger

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#9 posted 62 days ago

Hey if it catches that nasty dust, that’s an accomplishment. Good stuff

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 62 days ago

Tooch,
The fabric is from Walmart, but you might find it at a fabric store too.

The vacuum is tool activated, so each time you use the saw the vacuum runs automatically.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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