Miter saw upgrades

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Project by jtm posted 05-12-2015 06:46 AM 1889 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I built this workbench almost two years ago when I was first getting in to woodworking. It is the famous “Kreg workbench,” complete with MDF, 2×4’s, and pocket screws.

As it turns out, it makes a half-decent miter saw stand (since I have a real workbench and assembly table now).

I added a few things to make it more functional:

First, I built a dust collection enclosure to cut down on the mess. It’s a 1/2” MDF box with a tapered bottom 4” fitting, and a 2” hose directly connected to the saw’s dust port. It collects most of the dust, and my Jet air filter is directly overhead, so that also helps.

The second addition is the removable length stop. It was very difficult to get repeatable cuts without a stop, so I rigged up this removable one out of a scrap piece of 1/2” baltic birch and a piece of melamine particle board. I routed a t-track down the middle for the stop. There’s no backing fence, but I really don’t see the need, as the aluminum fence by the blade keeps everything square. I attached it to the table by mounting another piece of ply with two t-slots for easy removal. I left an opening on the fence to access the knobs. The overall length allows a max cut of 42”, which is more than enough for typical stiles, table legs, etc… I made the cursor with a leftover piece of Lexan. If I need to cut really long pieces, my router table sits in-line with the fence. I can use the t-track in the router table to place a stop if need be.

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 11:46 AM

Nice and compact – portable also?

Mine takes up so much area of one of my benches – I hate the thing :( but it’s a necessary evil.

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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