Portable miter saw "wings"

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Project by devann posted 01-10-2016 10:26 PM 2350 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a brother that wanted me to send more pictures of my miter saw setup after changing the mounting system to an all metal connection. I needed my miter saw recently building a shelf for some guitars so I took some pictures. That got me to thinking, maybe I should share some pictures with the newer up and coming generation of woodworkers on the site.

Here are photos of my miter saw “wings” as I like to call them. I built these when I purchased the saw in 2002. The legs are adjustable. I often have to set it up on some rather rough terrain. I use the saw for everything from interior trim to rough cut framing buildup. The stock stop currently is just a piece of plywood screwed to a 2×4. I use a clamp to hold it in place. It’s important to cut a small bevel around the edges of the stop, both sides & back for sawdust buildup

Miter saws generate a lot of sawdust, even when used outside. I keep a brush hanging on the saw stand when in use. The wings are eight feet in length. The whole setup fits in the back of my pickup truck with room to spare. It sets up at the job site in around fifteenth minutes. I hope this gives some of you some ideas. Thanks for looking.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 03:44 AM

just how big are these guitars
looks like they could be made from 4×12’s

looks sturdy darrell
should last for some time

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 02:27 PM

Hi David, the guitars re typical. I have used this for cutting 4×6 & 4×8 rough sawn douglas fir for roof truss construction when we building such structures.

I use one of those Ridgid flip top portable work supports when cutting angle that exceeds the miter cutting capacity of the saw.

An example is the 67 1/2° miter cut needed at the bottom cord edge of span location when dealing with a 5:12 pitch roof.

They has proven to be sturdy, their going on 14 years old with no sign of needing replacing anytime soon.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 03:41 PM

David, I also have a metal version of miters saw material supports.

They’re 12’ long each & made from commercial door jambs with 3/4” plywood structures screwed to them. The aluminum door jambs are the fence with the plywood used to rest the material to be cut.

They are great for cutting 16’ material, full pieces of trim, crown molding, etc…. the aluminum version does have a couple drawbacks.

I have to trailer them to the job. And when assembled to entire rig, saw and all is 27 ’+ long. In the past my coworkers have pitched a fit about how much space I using.

Most of the time it’s easier to use the rig pictured above with some Ridgid flip-top material supports that can all be carried in the back of my pickup truck.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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