Miter saw station dustless (almost)

  • Advertise with us
Project by gpastor posted 02-01-2011 07:40 PM 13787 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I have been working on for some time now but it still dose not work as well as I like it to. So I thought I ask for help… This miter saw station works using an old blower from a furnace to remove dust from the cutting area around the saw. It removes about 90% of the dust made when cutting. Furnace blower don’t work well for dust collection. They do not generate sufficient static pressure to get the velocity need to move material. So how dose this work at all, that a good question. I have noticed that is much easier to blow dust around the shop than to suck it up. I have played around with this premise for some time. Many of you that have garage shop have opened the overhead door and used a leaf blower to clean out the shop in no time. This station utilities the intake and the exhaust of the blower. Just behind the saw are two intake ports that drop into two filter bags. At the sides and top are small hole that blow in and down from the exhaust. The idea was to push the dust down to the intake ports, making an air curtain that keep the dust from move out into the shop. Only a small amount of exhaust air is used. I am hoping to get more the dust to stay in the the box put it is hard to see how the dust is moving within the hood.
I have also put a craftsman auto switch in to make the blower turn on when the saw starts up.
Let me know if you have any good “i deer s” that might help.
Thanks, Gerry

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

9 comments so far

View skippyland's profile


158 posts in 2933 days

#1 posted 02-01-2011 07:51 PM

That looks great, Gerry…obviously a lot of thought went into this. I’m sure it catches most of the mess! This is one of my biggest problems in my shop and is made worse because my MS is a slider. Nice work on this project. Skip

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 3316 days

#2 posted 02-01-2011 08:00 PM

I’ve never seen a perfect solution for capturing dust from a miter saw. I’ve made something like this but I have a rather deep “well” that permits the dust to settle about 18” below the saw. At the bottom I connect a powerful dust collector with a 4” hose. It works quite well when the dust collector is on. It seems like it creates a good downward air flow. I’m probably capturing more than 90% of the dust, but that’s really just a guess.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View gpastor's profile


184 posts in 3300 days

#3 posted 02-01-2011 11:38 PM

Rich, do you have any pic of your dust “well”?

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

View Randolph Torres's profile

Randolph Torres

295 posts in 3770 days

#4 posted 02-02-2011 08:18 PM

good all american try. Looks like your not far from solving your problem, some times it takes a long time to debug ideas, its always more than one issue.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3915 days

#5 posted 02-02-2011 08:20 PM

Thats a neat idea.

View gpastor's profile


184 posts in 3300 days

#6 posted 02-03-2011 09:17 PM

What happened to Rich? Is this like yours?

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

View steliart's profile


2893 posts in 2930 days

#7 posted 02-09-2011 10:12 PM

Miter saw stations may have a good dust collection solution. What about SCMS that are so deep that will be a biger chalange.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

View Gpaw's profile


65 posts in 2929 days

#8 posted 02-12-2011 03:00 AM

thanks for some ideals , i have a ms and a radial arm saw that needs some dust work . the radial arm has a dust port on the saw guard but is a joke.

View punk's profile


181 posts in 2658 days

#9 posted 10-19-2013 11:08 PM

ive ben using old dryer blowers, creates a lot of air movement, I even use one in my little paint both works great. hope this give you ideas good day.

-- Punk in PA

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics