miter saw with built-in down draft table

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Project by kodiak posted 01-27-2011 03:06 AM 5546 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a new table for the miter saw, put a down draft table at the back of it to keep the dust down. The piece of wood right underneath the saw is removable and the saw is 3” above the table so that you can clean out underneath the saw. The down draft table is removable, so you can clean it out once in a while.

Just did a few cuts and it seems to work OK, maybe have to modify it, I have an idea of putting a squirrel cage fan in it and blowing the dust straight into the dust system. Also was thinking about putting a roof on it with two lights that light up both sides of the saw.
Supported the side cabinets from the bottom of the legs.

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 01:10 PM

nice saw stand, you have some good ideas that went into building it.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 04:04 PM

What’s not to like, I love the idea of a down draft table on it.

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 04:33 PM

What a great idea of the downdraft table at the back.
I’ll have to incorporate something like that in my new table…

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 04:07 AM

Have you been to my shop?lol I built something very similar a few years ago. I used wire mesh in the bottom of mine. I also have a top over mine which seems to help quite a bit.

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 04:08 AM

Saw this post a while back and decided to build a version of it. My goal was to capture 100% of the dust from my miter saw. If anyone has searched online for help with this task you’ll know that not too many have much luck. I probably tried 5 different versions and combinations, but I finally came up with this. Now all I have to do is redo it all to make it look nice, but its completely functional as-is. The combo I went with is a 3/4 HP motor in a squirrel cage for the downdraft part of the table. Even though the holes look sloppy up close, the hole grouping is strategically placed according to where my particular miter saw spits dust. The factory port where I would normally clip a collection bag onto has a simple wet vac hose directed into the downdraft table. Directly underneath the miter saw I installed a table saw hood that simply acts like a big hole in the downdraft table. It’s enough suction to suck any dust that lands anywhere underneath the saw. A good part of the dust is shot to the back left when cutting. For this, I ran a 4” flex hose from my DC. Overall I’m very happy with the outcome. I’m a little OCD and I’ve taken 100% dust collecting as a challenge. I got all my ideas from others online beginning with this one. I learned that not just one thing will give you 100% collection on a miter saw. Oh bout forgot, I went by my local heating and air business and asked them for a blower motor. They gave me the 3/4 HP MOTOR AND CAGE for free (came out of a furnace from a business). I have more pics if anyone is interested. I can do a video as well if u want. 100% collection every time plus I periodically with turn the downdraft table on just to use it as a shop air filter. Thanks for the idea!!! I love the online woodworking community. First post on any woodworking site so hope this helps and hope the pic shows up.

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