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Macgyvered SCMS dust collection - version 6.1

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Project by big_wood posted 1622 days ago 4285 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the dust shroud for my mitre saw. After seeing similiar ideas and comments from others on how it has drastically improved their dust collection, I made one a few years back with cardboard. After a few months I would keep replacing it as it would fall apart. Today, while watching the Olympics (BTW – it should be an awesome game tomorrow afternoon – mens hockey, Canada vs. USA), I figured I’d improve it based on what I’ve learned and at the same time make it more durable.

On a side note, since it is common knowledge that the dust collection on mitre saws suck why can’t the manufactures add some kind of optional attachment? Festool did it but not willing to pay double or triple to price. Anyways, enough ranting…

Picked up coffee, supplies for the project and walked the dog all in one shot. I didn’t need to go to LV or HD, actually the only thing I needed was some stir sticks from Starbucks. I also used some left over vinyl fabric & a thin scrap metal plate. PIC#2

Took the blade off, cut up the vinyl and made a few alterations until I was satisfied and copied the same shape to make 2. I glued the stir sticks and metal plate, then sandwiched it with the other piece of vinyl. Hot glue would have been ideal but I only had some automotive GOOP. Oh yeah it also helps if you put a rag on both sides then clamp it between 2 pieces of plywood to produce even pressure in the voids. Duct taped it to the machine, bent the thing forward to help direct the dust up, then VOILA~!

Test cut – barely any of the dust got past my Macgyvered dust shroud. All in all, all those hours in the 80s watching the show didn’t go to waste. (some chewing gum, duct tape, metal foil = save the world) Have a great weekend folks. :)





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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 1622 days ago

I’ve got that same saw and a piece of cloth sandpaper taped on just like your first picture. It works. I just have to make something more permanent like you’ve got. Great idea. the metal on this drills easily and a small sheetmetal screw works well in it.
the saw is pretty sweet btw don’t you think?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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cstrang

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#2 posted 1622 days ago

Good idea!

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

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Peter Oxley

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#3 posted 1622 days ago

That’s a great idea! Will it be in the way when cutting thick material?

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araldite

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#4 posted 1622 days ago

Looks easy enough. I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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Scott Hildenbrand

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#5 posted 1622 days ago

Where’s the paper clip! :p~

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big_wood

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#6 posted 1622 days ago

Craftsman – I love this saw. If it wasn’t because of the sale price $499 at SummitTools, I would have gotten the 10” instead. The replacement blades are cheaper and good quality 12” blades seem harder to find than the 10 inch.

Socalwood – thks for the info – I couldn’t find what you were talking about but will try again.

Peter – It’s set up to cut up to 1-1/2” and if I rip it off and move it up as far as it can go I can cut up to 3-1/2”. Anything thicker won’t do. I’ll have to make one where the metal/wood stir sticks come down 1/2 the distance when cutting thicker material or crown molding.

Scott – yes, I did see someone used paper-clips in theirs, but couldn’t find any. :)

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studiousmatt

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#7 posted 1622 days ago

the vinyl and steel looks like an ideal flexable medium to use for the creation of a dust collection system for my JET contractors saw. Has anyone ever tried something like that?

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Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 1622 days ago

Great idea, I made mine out of “all duct tape” and it fell apart after a few months. Will give your idea a go.
Thanks

-- Bob A in NJ

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russv

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#9 posted 1622 days ago

a true Macgyvered project. you hit all the major fix-it groups, except wd40 (which is not applicable here), including duct tape!

Macgyvered is alive and well.

russv

-- yknotwood.com: where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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ken_c

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#10 posted 1622 days ago

Are you using that as your primary dust collection?

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Rob

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#11 posted 1619 days ago

Thanks for sharing! I have the same saw and can’t wait to improve it’s dust collection with such a simple addition.

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texbilly

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#12 posted 188 days ago

Apply it to my Dewault! Great idea!

-- Billy

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