Need to spec out my miter saw

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Forum topic by Rob McCune posted 03-08-2007 04:06 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob McCune

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03-08-2007 04:06 AM

Okay, for my first question (of millions), I have a miter saw that I want to spec out a little better than it was manufactured. The base and the turntable both have machined surfaces where they mate up, however the cutting surface of the turntable is about .100” taller than the “wing” surfaces of the base. Normally I would not worry about this, but whenever I go to clamp the wood down with the supplied clamp, the wood bows up at the turntable edge causing an angled cut. It is very annoying. Does anyone know how to get that machined down so that the two cutting surfaces are flat? Are there shops out there that work specifically on tools like this?

-- Rob McCune

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#1 posted 03-08-2007 04:29 AM

Rob: I’ve never heard of that problem. So nothing is visable as an adjustment. You say that the wings are lower than the turntable. You might find some thin formica to put on the surface to build it up. I found some at a kitchen shop because he also made fictures for stores and it was bendable formica for going around columns and curved desks etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-08-2007 04:37 AM

If you can’t find anything thin enough to bring up the wings, you could make a mitersaw station. Permanent or portable, with extended wings on both sides at the proper height. There have been several different ideas on these in various magazines lately.

I built a permanent set up in my basement, but would build a portable one that could come apart, or was small enough to fit through the house if I was ever to gut and redo another room.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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