Thoughts on coolant/chip clearing system?

I’m setting up my second Shapeoko to cut 6061 aluminum parts continuously (several hours per day). The first one is working pretty well in a warehouse with a flooding coolant system, though it’s pretty messy and definitely recuts a lot of chips. This time around I’m looking at doing it in my garage using a MQL cooling system (, and hoping to combine it with a dust shoe to evacuate most of the chips. Hoping to use my 5hp wet/dry shop vac, and my 2.1 SCFM @ 90 psi silent flow air compressor. Building an enclosure/work station to reduce the noise and contain the mess.

Has anyone tried this kind of setup? Any tips, issues I should be concerned about?


Day 1 of building out enclosure. Most of my upgrade parts are in transit so I’ll figure out how to run the lines and airflow when it’s all here. Wanted to share an idea I don’t think I’ve seen on the forums here. My previous enclosure allowed me to pull out the Shapeoko maybe 8" if I needed to access behind it but it was pretty annoying (and too low to the ground).

I had these 24" drawer slides laying around for another project, they ended up being PERFECT for mounting between the X rails and the enclosure sides. Spin the feet up and down to engage/disengage (after photos I cut some access hole for the rear set), and the entire table slides out for cleaning and repairs! The slides were rated for 100lbs per pair so I doubled up; it feels really smooth and solid.