Workshop Transformation #4: Miter Saw Station

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Blog entry by ikillbugs posted 04-29-2014 02:29 AM 2504 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The table the miter saw sits on is built from new wood, 24” deep, 48” long. The “extension” table on the left is built from scraps and 1×3 and 1×4 furring strips; it’s 60” long. The miter saw is screwed in place, as is the stop fence.

I constructed a stop block that is held in place by a regular clamp for repetitive cuts. I will likely add a dedicated clamping system at some point to the stop block but that’s for later.

Instead of having the saw at a lower level as I have seen in most other miter saw stations, I decided just to make a couple of blocks to keep the material level and hold it up during cuts. I just attached a 1×4 to a 2×4 and that was the perfect height.

This setup allows for easy flexibility should I upgrade my saw at a later time.

Next, I added two drawers for miscellaneous storage. They slide on 1×3 furring strips. No hardware used. The drawers are small and they glide real nice as they are. The pulls are constructed from scrap 2×4’s notched out at the bottom. The drawer faces are made from scrap 1/2” plywood.

I made a simple drawer divider for one of the drawers from some more 1×3 scrap. It’s just set in place, not attached. I can attach it later once I decide if this is the right configuration.

Lastly, there is open storage on the bottom. Doors to follow, or I might put sliding doors on it. Haven’t decided yet.

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 03:48 AM

Looks like your doing a great job so far. Every cabinet and bench I make for my shop, I try to keep I closed with doors or drawers just to help keep the saw dust at bay a little bit.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 03:12 AM

brilliant! thanks for the inspiration!

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 04:01 AM

I’ll take that compliment! The inspiration I had was actually from this forum and YouTube… and yes it works well! (the bench and components I mean)

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