DIY Mitre saw dust hood

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Forum topic by Raymer posted 03-17-2019 09:30 PM 572 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2019 09:30 PM

In the process of setting up my dust collection, I am getting all tools where I want them and working out how to maximize the efficiency of stray dust. One of the hardest tools I have found to control dust is my Mitre saw. Even with a hose connected to the built in dust port, it throws sawdust around like crazy.

The dust hoods get good reviews for the most part, but I found them to be expensive for what they are, like this one for $160. After thinking about different ways to do it, I decided to use 1/2” & 3/4” pvc. I also noticed several offerings out there for dust hoods have a light, since the canopy blocks it out. To avoid having to do that, I went with a thick but clear plastic which will allow the light to come through.

So far, I built the frame, installed a dusthood in the top of the cart which will utilize a 4” hose, while the built in dust port will get a 2 1/2” hose. All that is left to do is to take my time wrapping the frame. I plan on gluing the plastic to the pvc, but running velcro all the way around the bottom so I can take the bottoms up if needed.

I know this isn’t as nice or fancy, but I believe it will work, was a fun half day project and total cost was $39.00

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#1 posted 03-18-2019 01:22 PM

Looks nice.

That clear plastic hood fabric could be patterned, cut and sewn to be a nice fit to the tubing frame, as-shown in my custom boat enclosure topic.

If going that route, ensure the tubing position is finalized and secured before starting on the hood.

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 12:47 AM

I used heavy cardboard stapled to a 1×2 wood frame. Cost next to nothing . A 4 inch dust port where you located yours….works very well.

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#3 posted 03-19-2019 03:40 AM

You’ll need some flaps on the front side so you get constricted airflow from the front, flowing around the blade, and making a path to your exit.
That Rousseau might be great to use out in the field or outside. But not in a inside woodshop.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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