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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-26-2009 03:31 AM 8621 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Few years ago I bought a Makita sliding miter saw which I just love having in my shop. However, I was getting tired of having it walk all over the shop when I used it on its rolling platform and sweeping about 4” of dust out behind it every few days. So I planned to build a proper cabinet for it with as much incorporated into it as I could think of. The results are in the 5 pictures attached and the LAST picture is the BEFORE picture. You can see why I needed a change.

This new cabinet has 3 full extension dovetailed drawers.
The wheels have locks on them.
The saw has a left out stop rail that is doweled to an aluminum block and has 24” and 48” gage rails.
There is a sliding adjustable support for long work that can be set perfectly level with the saw table instead of using roller supports on an uneven concrete floor.
There is a dust catching chute made from wood and aluminum flashing that funnels the chips into the barrel in the back.( I have not had to sweep the floor once back there!!!!).
I replaced the tiny dust catching bag with a PVC pipe to blow the dust into the barrel.

I love the saw even more now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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#1 posted 11-26-2009 03:35 AM

Very nice Jim.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 03:42 AM

Now that’s a cool worktable! Very functional and good looking.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 03:53 AM

great setup ,

looks like it would work
on the spacelab (LOL) .

and all the drawer space ,
priceless !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 04:53 AM

Great addition to a very nice shop. One suggestion is the elbow at the end of the white pvc pipe. you can apply some heat to the pipe and give it a gradual bend thereby eliminating the elbow and giving the small amount of sawdust that goes through it an easier path. (On my saw most of the sawdust doesn’t go where the designers intended.)

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 05:08 AM

Nice work, a stand much like this one has been on my to-do list for some time now, I think I may actually get it done over Chrstmas this year, thanks for the reminder.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 05:11 AM

Slick setup.

And to think that all this time, I’ve been trying to figure out how to hook up my dust collector to the saw. Just having the dust fall into a trash can is a simply elegant solution! Sometimes we fail to see the nose on our face!

Very well done!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-26-2009 09:36 PM

Nice setup.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 05-26-2016 02:40 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. It is one thing I don’t worry about any more.

Cheers,Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 03:52 AM

Nice setup. Looks like effective dust collection. Jim, I see you posted this some time ago. I was wondering if you went back and included a strip of wood across the top and top/front to improve your collection bin? The reason I ask is I had add a strip of FRP (not shown in my picture) to the top/front of mine to keep to sawdust that hit the back of the dust bin from rolling out the top edge back towards me instead of staying in the in the dust bin.

You know, I think I’ll remove the bottom of my bin and do the same thing, use a trash barrel. I already keep a 5 gallon metal bucket underneath my saw to throw those tiny pieces of cut-offs into, so I don’t have to bend over and pickup all those little pieces.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 05-26-2016 12:00 PM

Hi Darrell. I’ll look into that apron on the top. I’ll make special notice of how it rolls when I cut stuff. I do have to clear the PVC pipe..

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-26-2016 03:25 PM

The dust chute tube for the DeWalt saw that I have is a bad joke. I completely removed it. Because of the sliding action of the saw DeWalt had designed, it was like a slide trombone. It would become clogged so fast that it was useless.

I’ve worked in places, like convention centers, etc… where they made us setup tents for dust control. That was the impetus for me building my miter saw dust bin. The last time I used my miter saw dust collection was for installing crown molding in a house that was being remolded. They wanted to run keep the AC running and didn’t want me constantly going in and out of the house. They had me setup in the kitchen.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 05-26-2016 06:04 PM

And you have to do whatever it takes. Necessity is the mother of invention!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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