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7 Genius Ways to Improve Miter Saw Dust Collection

Miter saw dust collection seems like an impossible feat, but I've found the best solutions for your workshop! Keep sawdust contained and out of your lungs!

four miter saw dust collection methodsLast week, I showed you my dust collector setup and how I upgraded it for better performance. Since then, I've been brainstorming the best way to hook up that beast to all my machines. First up: the miter saw. Miter saw dust collection is tricky because it spews sawdust in every direction, making it hard to contain. These genius solutions will hopefully inspire you to get that miter saw mess under control!

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The dust ports found on most miter saws aren't particularly helpful. Even when hooked up to a shop vac, it still leaves a huge mess. This video does a great job of comparing different brands to see which miter saw dust collection ports create the least sawdust.

There are so many different ways to contain miter saw dust, with varying results. Some only work for saws without the sliding mechanism for cutting those wide boards, so check the depth of yours before you start building!

Miter Saw Dust Collection Tents

Tent-like domes like this one get great ratings, but come with a hefty price tag. I'd prefer this model because it has a 4" vacuum port in the bottom to connect to my dust collector. Other miter saw tents like this one funnel the dust down to a container under the machine for later disposal.

Tent-like domes like this do a great job containing dust, but with a hefty price tag.

Why not make your own instead? I created a miter saw dust hood using a baby tent! It works the same way as the expensive versions above, for a fraction of the price! Click the link above to read the tutorial. I recently switched to a wall mount dust collector and it works perfectly with my DIY dust hood!

Make this miter saw dust hood to keep sawdust contained!

Build Your Own Miter Saw Dust Collection

This miter saw hood plan on the Build Something site is a good way to use up all those oddly-shaped plywood scraps. Unfortunately, this one wouldn't work for my sliding compound miter saw unless I made it a foot deeper!

This miter saw dust hood is perfect for containing sawdust in your workshop.

Let the light shine through this plexiglass version from One Project Closer! This one would even work on a sliding miter saw.

This plexiglass miter saw dust collector lets the light shine through to your work.

Those two DIY solutions work great . . . until you need to make a mitered cut. Change the angle of your saw and you're spewing sawdust everywhere! This sliding dust port can move back and forth to capture the mess from any direction.

Make sure your miter saw dust collection works from every angle! This sliding mechanism catches sawdust even on mitered and beveled cuts.

Photo courtesy of Woodsmith

Simple Miter Saw Dust Collection Solutions

Are the miter saw dust collection ideas above too much for you? This trash can solution might be just what you're looking for! I've also seen plastic storage bins and even cardboard boxes used as a quick fix.

In a pinch, a trash can helps corral miter saw dust!

Photo courtesy of Lumberjocks

Want something that's a bit more mobile? This set up uses a roller stand with a special clamp to hold this huge dust funnel in exactly the right spot. Then move it over to the thickness planer, lathe or even when sanding to keep the area dust-free!

This miter saw dust collection set up is mobile and quick to set up anywhere!

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