Sliding Saw Dust Collection Box

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Project by ca8920 posted 12-01-2014 06:36 AM 3956 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been using a Fast Cap Chop Saw Hood for a couple of years but got tired of putting it up, taking it down, and finding a place in my garage to store the cumbersome thing. To remedy the situation I decided to build a permanent dust collection box, equipped with a vacuum port.

I looked at multiple designs on line and came up with my own version that incorporates several of the on line designs.

Picture 1. The front of the dust collection box. My wife Diana sewed the curtains for me. The curtains are attached to the dust box with Velcro and have metal washers sewed into the hem to help hold them in place. I can lift a corner up and attach it to the top of the box with a magnet when I wish to cut wood at an angle.

Picture 2. The Right side of the box.

Picture 3. The Left side of the box. With the dust box positioned next to my lathe I ended up with additional storage space. I’m always using paper towels too polish projects on my lathe so mounting a paper towel rack by the lathe seemed to make sense.

Picture 4. The Back of the box. Again with additional storage opportunities, I made a small shelf for polishing supplies that I use with my lathe and I built a rack to hold some of my turning tools.

Picture 5. The Dust Port. I drilled a 2” hole in the bottom of the dust box and attached a 2.5” dust port to the bottom. I can use my 2.5” shop vac with the dust port or with can use a 2.5 ” x 4” adapter and attach my 4” shop vac to the dust box.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 07:01 AM

I like this ‘army’ sample.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 01:49 PM

Ingenious solutions! I’ve been trying to get ours configured as the movement of the saw makes things difficult since the saw is backed against a concrete wall.

And the camo curtains make it all invisible and you can sneak up on the wood . . .

Nice job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 02:20 PM

”And the camo curtains make it all invisible and you can sneak up on the wood . . .”
That’s funny mmh !

And so long as it’s functional, it’s a good thing!

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 03:23 PM

Chris, when you get a chance give us an update on how this works for you. I have a setup that doesn’t work very well. Would love to find a good solution.

Thanks for sharing.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 07:42 PM

Looks kind of like my solution, but with a vacuum. I just took a big old Sterilite storage tub, tipped it on its side, and set it behind my saw. Every so often I vacuum it out. I do have a shop-built air cleaner with two stages running right above it, so perhaps that helps, but I’ve not found the miter saw to be terribly oppressive, dust-wise. The two machines that give me fits are the jointer and the planer – THEY kick up a lot of dust and a butt-load of chips.

-- Woodworking is a beautiful, physical, cerebral, and noble art.

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 02:06 PM

Nice design. I’m sure it works just fine. I like the curtains also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 07:55 AM

Cannot see anything apart from a saw so what have you made?

Hey dude where are my army pants!

Dont post any pictures of you in your jocks BTW

-- Regards Rob

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