Ultimate miter saw workbench update

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Project by pbjguy posted 05-13-2012 11:05 PM 9826 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some updated pics of my never ending saw station dust collection. I made a home made cyclone that hooks up to a shop vac “not in the pic”. I ran a 2 inch pvc pipe through the wall the cyclone works really well. I put a light up against it and you can see the swirl it makes through the cone. It keeps most of the dust out of the vac. The shop vac is hooked to a craftsman delay switch that lets the vac pull for a few seconds after you let go of the trigger.

I also used a 2.5 inch flex hose on the saw to the wall. It recoils back tight and stretches pretty far. that took some research to find. you can see in the first pic the saw is back all the way. Then in the second pic it is pulled forward. its nice because without this type of hose it would droop in the way a bit. Third pic shows the well behind the saw hooked to a 4 inch pipe w dust collector both the 4 inch and 2.5 work ok alone but better together. 4th pic shows some cabinetry in the works. Just need to build doors. Then add a clear plastic curtain over the saw and between the movable clear door frames, with a tight cutout for when you pull it forward. I’m still working out the cord layout which looks a little messy.

The last pic shows the 4 inch suction behind the saw i should have made a much deeper well that also comes under the saw a bit that way dust would fall right into it. when i am done with a project I use a shop vac or air hose to blow the remaining dust off the saw.I use a remote control for the dust collector in the attic above. Originally I had the 4 inch pipe branch off to a 2 inch which went to the saws dust port but it didn’t have enough pull. better to have the shop vac and all the power of the 4 inch by itself. Dust – Don’t breath it.


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#1 posted 05-13-2012 11:28 PM

Dust is a killer get rid of it any way you can.


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#2 posted 05-14-2012 01:47 AM

that’s a nice setup. did you have any problems aligning the height of the left and righ benches with the saw? How ‘bout the fence?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 02:04 AM

the dust-collection is great, but the dedicated same-height side tables (in blue) are grand. I like the stop positioners as well, I imagine in some kind of T-track.
Nice shop

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 04:00 PM

Looks great! Where did you get that funnel for the cyclone? I definately need to favorite this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 07:19 PM

Nice job! A modded dust collector is in my own future. Looks like that funnel used to be an orange cone? Like for laying out a sports field or construction site?; interesting because I have a few of those around.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 09:39 PM

Home depot traffic cone 2 inch pipe and a few fittings make a cycllone . Not hard to build. Table deck height is a hair lower than the saw deck just a hair. Easy to get close but I can always shimm it up. not down so if u build one keep that in mind.


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#7 posted 05-15-2012 02:13 AM

I’m about to rebuild my table for the 3rd time. As you use the saw you get more and more of a feel for how the thing should be. I like your dust collection system and have had something like that in mind for awhile too. I also have the same saw.. a pleasure to use a tool like that isn’t it?

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

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 05:46 AM

Great saw smooth


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#9 posted 05-15-2012 04:44 PM

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing and I love the Bosch glider

-- - Martin

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 11:21 PM

So many things too look at on Lj site. great to get ideas from


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#11 posted 05-16-2012 03:17 AM

Some great ideas there. I have the same saw on the way from THD, free shipping and a vet discount, couldn’t pass it up. I will post after I get it set up.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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