Miter Bench & DC

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Project by Thepps posted 12-23-2015 08:24 PM 3356 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bench is just over 15’ long and about 3’ wide. The wings are mdf – covered with white melamine and have the Kreg precision trak & stop kit, which works fantastic. Plenty of drawers for storage. Bench and drawers are made out of 3/4” Birch. Tulip poplar used for edging. The wings are adjustable and can be moved.

The dust collection box is based on the design in American Woodworker 2010. Used 6” pvc s&d for all of the piping. Works decent, could be better. It’s pretty difficult to catch all of the dust on these sliders.

Dust collector is a CV1800.

Video below demonstrating dust hood. Cutting 3/4” mdf, 9” wide at 90 & 45 degrees.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 09:29 PM

Very nice. I really have to make me something like this. So much storage, easy to make repeatable cuts, so convenient.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 02:06 AM

Nice cabinets!

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

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 02:15 AM

Very nice setup. I’m interested in the dust collection design. I’m completing my saw station and have some ideas on dust collection for it. Why the holes in the rear panel vs a larger funnel type design? Also, do you feel it’s unnecessary to have the dust collecting hood taller than you made it?

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 12-24-2015 03:01 AM

It was a tough decision between the two. I really liked the WoodNerd’s design, which is a funnel type. He added a piece of flex hose from the end of the dust chute on the saw to the dust hood to help with the dust collection. I was unable to do that because of the design of my saw would have required me to move the bench even further away from the wall. It’s already pretty far from the wall and eats up a lot of floor space! In the end, I thought this version would work better. The holes in the rear panel are sized and numbered to equal the cross sectional area of a 6” pipe. I thought this would give me better suction.
The back panel is curved, so most of the dust that lands above the holes, slides right down and gets sucked in. It could have been shorter, but the taller design allowed me to create a better funnel from the pipe to the hood.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 04:28 AM

Thanks for the reply Thepps. Yeah the space needed behind the saw prompted me to sell my Ridgid and buy the Bosch gliding saw. I was able to push the saw station back to only a few inches from the wall – those are needed for what ever dust collecting hood I come up with. The saw could sit flush to the wall if needed.

I was actually wondering why the hood was so short vs taller. I’d love to see a video of how the sieve hood works in action. Have any plans on posting a YT video in the not too distant future? ;)

I will probably do just as Woodnerd did, and connect a short length of hose from the saw’s dust chute and have it discharge down near a 4” duct behind the saw. I purchased a floor sweep port to use in conjunction with a hood I’ll build. The floor sweep will be used as the floor of the chute. Still working on the details :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 12-24-2015 05:20 AM

Excellent work

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#7 posted 12-24-2015 05:46 PM

Added a video above showing the hood in action. Excuse the rough video – I’m no Marc Spagnuola!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 06:01 AM

Nice miter bench! when I built mine I found that I liked the fence extensions set back a bit. I don’t see that your fence extensions are adjustable, but if you need to you can always move the saw forward a bit.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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