Chop Saw Dust Hood #1: Top, middle rail, and back glued in place

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Blog entry by BlankMan posted 11-25-2009 08:34 AM 35920 reads 41 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well Sunday I finally got around to start building a new dust collection hood for behind my new miter saw. I had one behind my old miter saw but this new saw is wider and I had to redo the bench for it to fit thus making the old hood too small to cover the area needed. Been without one for about a year because I also picked up the Delta 12” RAS and had to redo the bench for that to fit also. So I wasn’t about to build a hood until both the RAS and miter saw were firmly mounted in place. The hood is 28-1/2” wide and ~19” tall made out of Baltic birch plywood. It’s wide enough to cover capturing the sawdust even when the saw is at 45 degrees in either direction. If all goes well I’m hoping to have it done by the weekend. Then I’ll vacuum up all the sawdust that has accumulated behind the bench one last time and put it in place.

Front view with the top and middle divider rail glued and clamped in place.

Side view of the same glue up.

Picture of the middle rail and dado on the side on a 15 degree angle that continues down on the inside for the back. Once the back is in place there will be a 1/2” high opening from the benchtop along the full 27” inside width that will hopefully suck up the sawdust.

Front view of the back glued and clamped into place.

Side view of the back glued and clamped into place.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 08:55 AM

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 01:14 PM

Looks like that will work, chop saw is the hardest tool to collect dust for, there is always all kinds of it behind my saw.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 04:31 PM

Nice work Curt. I need to make one for my saw.
Patrick – Milwaukee

-- Patrick - DCFB

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 05:17 PM

Hi BlankMan. Nice hood. I know what you mean about the dust from the miter saw. Mine was the dirtiest tool in the shop. I always had to sweep up about 4” of dust behind it. I was going to post mine too when I get some pictures.

Great Job!!!!!!!!!! Necessity is the mother of invention.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 07:00 AM

Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 07:43 PM

The picture links are no longer active. I’d love to see them. I watched the video of the dust collector working, and I’d like to see more.


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#7 posted 04-19-2010 08:01 PM

oldartie, yeah, thanks for the report. Went to the dark side, switched to AT&T as a internet provider over the weekend, they’re interpretation of static IP configuration and no ports blocked differs from the definition that the rest of the world uses. Pretty much expected this was going to happen based on previous dealings with Ameritch, SBC, and now AT&T, the name may change but their core operation hasn’t, they are challenged to no end to get it right, very seldom the first time… Yesterday most things were working, today they’re not, there’s always tomorrow I guess. Last night they fixed one thing, looks like they broke two others (that I am aware of) that were working, one being port 80 ergo no access to the web server hence no pictures…

Check back every so often, working on resolving this…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 10:32 PM

Well, I think the picture problems have been resolved hopefully for good. If they disappear again I’d definitely like to hear.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 03:46 PM

What happened to the pictures ? Not very usefull withoutb pictures…

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#10 posted 10-31-2011 06:18 PM

Do have a rough set of dimensions of the side piece? Trying to puzzle out a few things but my spatial sense is not so good. 3
Adapting your design to a DW735 and my vent system comes from below. Trying to determine the best fix fro that as well.. It is the best i have seen

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 04:54 AM

Thanks. The dimensions were governed strictly by where it had to fit. If you look at Part 6 of the blog you can see it had to fit between two machines and under a shelf. So I don’t know that my dimensions would be the best for you but I’ll measure it if you like. Make it big to cover the swing of the saw and high as you can. I had to cut out it’s top so to clear the saw and allow it to swivel because I couldn’t go taller then the saw due of the shelf. The slope of the back is 15 degrees I think so that the sawdust would hit it and angle down towards the suction.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 01-07-2012 12:50 AM

Where do you attach the suction for the hood? I did not see it in any pictures.

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 02:07 AM

Brad, there’s a picture in Part 3 of this blog showing the port glued in place (the black thing) and of it connected in Part 7.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 11-10-2021 10:48 PM

I cannot see any pics. Can you possibly send me the pics to my email.account at: [email protected]

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