small workshop ideas #1: Miter Saw and...

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 03-09-2017 01:38 PM 1803 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently sold the Sears miter saw stand I bought last spring ( I got greedy and thought it would be great $90) but the 4 ft. of floor space just did not work out even with shop vac and stuff under it. Before this in shop #4 I had a portamate and knew about the sliding supports and the open design. But in the large 2 car shop the one I liked best was on an old grill stand with a 1×12 and 2 boxes screwed down the height of the miter saw bed. one on each side. At the end I leveled the planer and had it outfeed onto the tables of the miter saw for a 6 foot outfeed very convenient and the planer always ready to go. This was at the center and door end of the shop so very much out of the way and in good weather I could blow out more dust or more space if needed, also this modular shop had a 4 ft. partition at each center and that’s where I had that miter saw. Sounds like I miss that one. Now I recently bought a used Sears miter saw, and after trying it on the workmate decided it needed extensions and had the same loss of space problem. I have had this idea of why not on the router table…..both get limited back and forth use.. so I have moved the fence back on the miter saw, placed a 1×12 on the laminate table. miter saw over the table area. one of the wood extension boxes to the riight..about an 18 inch support. and to the left the shorter a 14 inch box. that leaves about a foot for a block to make any needed support if I have to hold up any longer piece on the left. I saw these box extensions in Shop Notes then Pinterest. and modified my own. The base is 1×12 and the top I made from ship lap pine 5/8 then cut the 2x blocks to make the height. The advantage of this is predrilling some holes and screwing the boxes down anywhere or stop blocks to the top or clamp a block to the top. Bevel the ends of the boxes to not catch any board sliding across helps. I even left a 2 inch gap in the top to screw down the middle or make a removeable stop. So when I need the router table I hope to just unclamp the miter saw, one c clamp, store it, then lift the 1×12 miter saw board and box store it. and roll the miter saw stand as needed and proceed. I did not have to remove the router or fence or switch. Just unplug its power to the miter saw. On day I must learn photobucket to load the new pictures..I would rather cut miter joints.

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#1 posted 03-09-2017 02:55 PM

You don’t need photobucket to load pictures.

Just press on the [img] button above,

Click on [browse…] to browse for your pic on your computer

Depending on what operating system you have, you’ll get a browser window something like this.
Just select your file and either click [open] at the bottom of the browser window or double click on the selected picture file.

Then click on [Insert this image]. You will see some gobbbledeegoop inserted in your post. To see your picture as others will, you can preview your post by clicking [PREVIEW] or just [Post this comment] down below.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 03-09-2017 03:43 PM

Photobucket is a huge joke …. that is how most put pictures on T&Js ….BUT IF you still think you need one ….try IMGUR a lot easier :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 03:07 PM

I gather theirs a router under there somewhere. Cool idea if you don’t use the router as often as the miter saw. Looks like you could change over in 10 minutes at most.

I apologize for cluttering your thread with the photo upload instructions. I should have made that a separate thread and posted a link to it (now that I think about it).


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 12:29 PM

Hi. Thanks for following. Yup there is a sears 2 hp router in there. And the main router table top is see able on my home page about the workshop. Its from a sink cut and green with oak edges about 24×24. I bought a router Plate from Eagle Tools, I used to pass their outlet. and its removeable with finger holes. There was a kitchen outlet near me and I could get the sink cut outs at a bargain., so that’s also the fence and the Shopsmith outfeed table. You guessed the idea remove the board quickly and stash it and go rout whatever. I really have been trying to think of a router table under a lift up miter saw. Or just make the router table a Shopsmith accessory, they have one but I am stuck on keeping it on the end of the machine for best ease of use. Someone has one set up like ripping on the saw and I think that limits the router use. But I do like the ease of access to the router table and have a drawer of 1/2 shank bits and too many 1/4 bits. I had some compacting when I had my 12×28 ft shop but most tools were still on castors and accessible, it was nice.

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 09:49 PM

It looks like Mr. Ocelot’s tutorial on posting pictures helped out, good job on posting your project.

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