Sliding Compound Miter Saw (SCMS) Station

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Project by steliart posted 06-23-2013 11:51 AM 8820 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sliding Compound Miter Saw (SCMS) Station

An inexpensive but very functional SCMS station made from scrap wood and a give-away conference table.
My SCMS station is not fine art furniture but it works as good. Its design was determent from what I had available in the shop.

The table is a give-away conference table with 1inch melamine top, deep enough to hold my miter saw and 2 meters long. Has metallic legs and a metallic cross bar under its top, and to make it more sturdy I added cross shelve on its feet.
I like my station to be high so I raised it with some lumber to a table top height of 110cm (43’).

The fence and platform was made out of plywood laminated with oak, and has 4 drawers to accommodate some of my tools and accessories.
The fence has a measuring tape on both sides and a piece of hardwood deck worked nicely as a stop block.

Its top hood is made out from 6mm (1/4’) MDF with hinged sites so they can open and close accordingly.

My first idea for dust collection inside the hood was to use a floor sweeper but that did not go so well because the hood is very big and not enough suction was created there. The dust sweeper idea would function very nicely with a non sliding miter saw and some side slides to guide the dust to the mouth of the sweeper.
So I ended up cutting a rectangular hole to mount a big mouth dust hood.

It works fine, but every now and then I still have to use a brush for the left-over’s.
An old vacuum hose served me fine to connect its top outlet to the 110mm (4’ 3/8) ducting pipe.
Finally I cover the front of the Station’s hood with plastic sheet for better vacuum and to keep the fine dust from coming out.

The station is nothing special but it will serve me well until it gets upgraded in the future.

Thanks for watching

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

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 12:17 PM

Nice setup. The stop block is a nice addition.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 12:35 PM

Looks great!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 05:17 PM

I like your setup especially the drawers for extra storage

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 11:48 PM

Nice job, Stelios! I like your ideas for the drawers and the dust shroud. Your projects always seem to make real good use of the space you have.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 11:58 PM

Thank you guys.

Bovine: If you noticed there is lots of space left and right of the SCMS hood box, that will be a project some day LOL

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

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 12:40 AM

I like your idea of the plastic sheet over the front. I think you just solved part of my problem.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Matt Przybylski

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#7 posted 06-24-2013 02:36 AM

Nice job. I’ve seen the plastic sheet thing in the past and can you please enlighten me because I seem to not understand one part of it. How is the plastic sheet not blocking the dust from going back into the chute? I know I’m missing something with that idea but I just can’t figure out how it works properly.

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#8 posted 06-24-2013 05:43 AM

That’s a memorable project to say the least. All that aside great repurposing of so many items. I’m feeling brave enough to post my mitre saw stand now too, thanks for that. The plastic sheet idea is new to me but I sure believe it works really well. I’m going to see how to incorporate some into my DC system.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#9 posted 06-24-2013 06:52 AM

Matt Przybylski: The hole idea of the plastic sheet goes like this… because the hood is very big and with a large opening is not possible for the DC to suck everything you through at it so first it keeps the dust bouncing out of the hood and back at your face and second it creates a wall so that you have a more effective vacuum. Now if you notice there’s some cuts on need to allow the escaping dust from the blade to go into the hood.
It’s a SCMS hood, is big, is not possible to have a 100% DC you are lucky if you get 70%, but at least what goes in stays in.

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

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#10 posted 06-24-2013 11:20 PM

I see you hate dust as much as I do – You did a good job on this project!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Matt Przybylski

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#11 posted 06-25-2013 03:30 AM

Thanks for the explanation, steliart. Makes sense now :)

-- Matt, Arizona,

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