Simple $7 Miter Dust Hood

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Project by Notbrick posted 03-26-2018 02:37 PM 11623 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started like any other, necessity and neglect. For too long I had my miter saw sitting on the bench, dust everywhere. Eventually I made a box with an attempt to surround the front with plywood that kept getting in the way.

I was driving past some warehouses in the end of winter here and noticed they had their doors open, but still used those strips of plastic for airflow control as forklifts moved in and out. I thought why not do that with dust? And so I went to my local ACE and bought 2 feet of stair runner. For $3.50 /ft it was an inexpensive attempt. I sandwiched the plastic sheet between two strips of plywood and then cut the strips between everyother ‘ridge’. I cut the strips roughly 1”, and trimmed a couple at the top of the saw. Some scrap plywood made the box.

Overall it works quite well, less fussy than plywood, and its easy to swing for angled cut. Hope some of you may find this useful. Just be careful to trim as necessary as for it not to get caught in the blade. This is the non-sliding Dewalt DW716 for reference.


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#1 posted 03-26-2018 03:18 PM

Looks good Adam. Have to figure out to make it work with a Sliding miter saw. Seems like the dust would just hit the front of the strips and not go inside. Thanks.

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#2 posted 03-26-2018 03:19 PM

Great idea!
I might need to incorporate that into my dust hood. I have cardboard up front, but need to remove it for angle/bevel cuts.

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#3 posted 03-26-2018 03:31 PM

Seven Pin. I agree this may not work as well for a sliding miter saw with the blade travel further forward. However this does stop alot of dust from traveling out after it bounces around inside the box.

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#4 posted 03-26-2018 03:46 PM

Good idea, may have to try a version of this on my saw !

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 03-26-2018 07:20 PM

You did a nice job on this hood and it will be a nice time saver.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-26-2018 09:53 PM

Thanks for the idea Adam, now all those great mind thinkers get busy and come up with one that will work for the sliders.

Thanks again Adam

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 03-27-2018 01:47 AM

Good idea for a common problem we all have. I don’t have a slider so this may work well. Thanks for posting it!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-27-2018 03:36 AM

Great Job. I did something similar, making a curtain of sorts, but I used some old camo material left over from a bbq cover my wife made for our bbq….. Yeah, I’m spoiled….. Love your project.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#9 posted 03-27-2018 01:28 PM

Brilliant!...I have a similar problem with my miter saw..might have to do something like this with my Jet contractor saw as well. Thanks!

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#10 posted 03-28-2018 11:53 AM

Another one of those projects where I look at it and ask “why didn’t I think of that?”. I’m off to look for some curtain material. Brilliant!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 03-28-2018 02:20 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. I will say that the Stair Runner material is more on the rigid side than flexible. It has helped to keep those strips in place as the air moves around inside the box, but still flexible enough that it can easily be moved when the saw swings. To top it all off my wife said to me the other day “That is ‘actually’ a good idea” Score for me!

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