Delta TwinLaser 12” Compound Miter Saw (2005)
The picture above shows the dust collection hood I built for this saw. It’s made out of scrap plywood, and includes a register boot in the underside of the table. It’s connected to a full 6” drop from my dust collector piping, and the downdraft collection with the hood does an outstanding job. It’s my third attempt at a reasonable dust collection system for the CMS, and this is by far the best design. It gets about 95% of the dust – far better than my previous attempts. You can get more details about this hood on my DC Hoods page.
I've built the CMS into my bench and positioned it so that the top of the bench is level with the top of the saw table. With 8' of support to the left and 4' to the right, this setup makes it very convenient to crosscust lumber. I use this CMS to do 90% of my crosscuts for furniture projects and have never had a problem with accuracy of the joints. This is a great setup, and much more convenient that using the TS to crosscut all your lumber.
You'll notice a set of Peltor ear muffs hanging on the saw. I wear those whenever I'm using the CMS because it can get quite loud - especially if I'm also running my Dust Collector at the same time. These Peltor muffs are great.
© Copyright 2006 Chris Billman