Mitre saw dust shroud and fences

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Project by woodbutcher11 posted 01-14-2015 05:28 AM 8691 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the worst dust offenders in my shop has to be my mitre saw. The small dust bag that came with the saw captured about 10 % on a good day with the remaining 90% spewing over every surface area and lodging as fine dust in my lungs. Using a piece of an old bed footboard that I had in my lumber pile I cut a half-round out of it and secured plexiglass to it and a couple of maple uprights to form a shroud above and behind my saw. A 4 inch dust port in the top and a 2 1/2 inch one on the plexiglass connect to my cyclone dust collector. From below I snake up a dust hose from a shop vac that plugs into an IVAC unit that the mitre saw also plugs into . This allows for automatic dust collection when the mitre saw fires up and for a few seconds after. Since the mitre saw has to swivel 45 degrees in either direction I fashioned a gasket along the swivel path using a piece of a leather satchel . This helps keep the dust from going below the saw . The fences on either side of the mitre saw anchor to my bench using threaded brass inserts but can be removed and hang from the end of my bench when I need the bench top to be free of objects or when I want to use the bench vise that I converted to an end vise after seeing a similar one in Fine Woodworking in Christian Becksvoort’s shop. The fences have movable stops that glide along the top of the fences.

Is there still dust? A little bit but it vacuums up easily and is contained in the shroud.

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 07:35 AM

All looks very nice – How well are you pleased with the dust removal performance?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 10:39 AM

Nicely done. Looks like you’ve tamed the beast. WishI had as good an answer for my sliding compound miter.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 01:14 PM

This is a great solution. I have been wanting to do something similar for all of the same reasons.

Great post.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 01:56 PM

Looks good. and a VERY useful addition!

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#5 posted 01-14-2015 02:39 PM

Anything that catches dust from a miter saw is pretty all right.
And it looks good to.

Have a great and blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#6 posted 01-14-2015 03:25 PM

Nice work!! I’m just finishing up my mitre saw station I just a few minor things to do. I’ll post it this weekend (I hope).

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#7 posted 01-14-2015 03:36 PM

Man you aint messing around with that dust! Nice set up.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 01-14-2015 05:27 PM

Wow, that’s one of the best setups for a miter saw that I have seen. With a miter saw I think the only way to catch 100% of the dust is to enclose the entire saw. (-: Nice flexible work space too!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 11:52 PM

Hey wodbutcher,
When I see your shop it reminds me of my 7th grade wood shop class.
We had floor to ceiling wooden lockers for our projects and the floor was white oak.
Everywhere you looked there was a different species of wood either trimming out the windows or the doorways.
It had a feel and a smell I will remember the rest of my life.
Your shop has all of these great wood colors in it too. It’s a work of art all in itself.
It totally took me back to 1976.
Oh, I like the old radio too!
Thanks for sharing,

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#10 posted 01-15-2015 02:40 AM

100% first class, I just made one as I agree with the problem with dust everywhere, I think this is the hardest machine to recover dust from. 99.9% I use mine for straight cut off, so I then can detach if I had to do an angle. Very fine workmanship.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 01-15-2015 05:31 AM

I need this, awesome idea.

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