Miter Saw Cabinet and Dust Catcher

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-26-2009 03:31 AM 8419 views 20 times favorited 7 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 outstop rail that is dowed 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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Bob A in NJ

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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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