Evolution of my Small Woodshop #4: Miter Saw - just wouldnt fit on the counter top

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Blog entry by monster1971 posted 10-27-2015 08:57 PM 1889 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A found a decent fix for my space issues regarding placement of the Mitre saw. Since I first got the saw I didnt mind moving it back and forth from the countertop to the workbench for each use. Of course this turned into a pain once the workbench was in use full of materials. With the width of my counter being just a little short to both store and use the sliding Mitre saw I couldn’t use it to full capacity with the saw hanging off…...also very dangerous. My solution was to mount the saw on a 3/4 inch plywood base. Make this base slide so I could have full use of the saw and then slide it back for storage. I used 1/4 knobs w/ bolts and cut a slot in the plywood and drilled holes in the bottom of the countertop to achieve this. It works like a charm and I now my Miter Saw has a fixed station in my shop. To store it I just kick it over to 45 degrees and slide it back. Works like a charm.

Ready for use, back of slide is just a hair off the wall.

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 03:49 AM

wow great solution and simply great idea to use the plywood as a base plat

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 08:29 PM

I think your idea is really excellent. Very simple, yet does the job.

Here is my more complicated (not better) idea. It has worked very well for me, but not totally as I had planned. I was originally hoping to get use of the counter to help support long pieces but I needed the space to mount my grinder on one side and my disk sander on the other so that didn’t work out so well. Luckily I have a drawer on the one side which is close to the same height as my saw table, so I am able to use that to support long pieces. My saw is mounted on a sliding table that is flush with the counter and is pulled out when in use. This works pretty well since my shop is so narrow.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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