Miter Saw Counter

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Project by ND2ELK posted 11-05-2009 03:46 AM 7805 views 34 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got my miter saw counter done the other day. The frame work is made of 2 X 4’s and a 2 X 6 on the back of the frames. I used my Kreg screw jig and glued the frames together. It might have been a little over kill but I ran 2 lag bolts in each stud. Then I used 4 metal frames to help keep the frames from moving. The tops are 3/4” fir plywood and covered with laminate. All the exposed edges are covered with 4/4 red oak. I used Kreg’s top track, tape, flip stop and production stop. The miter saw is hooked to my cyclone system with a 2 1/2” hose and a 4” flexform hose from Rockler. I made a bracket to hold the flexform hose in place. By using both these there is very little dust lost.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 03:52 AM

Tom you did a great job! very clean I must say .
I also Love your dust collection system.
I’ll bet you get alot of use out of it.

Great job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 03:57 AM

looks good tom I’m in the process right now of doing the same thing my old station just had it.

I’m not sure but i have an older version of this saw and they may have fixed this but i use to get tons of dust under the saw so i installed a dust chute under the saw just thought that might be help full if you find you have that problem as well

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 04:11 AM

This is awesome! I have wanted to build a similar counter but have been procrastinating. Thanks for posting all the pictures – this is exactly what I want to build. How do you find the Kreg top track and flip stop? Do you like them?

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 04:21 AM

Now that’s what I call a Mitre Saw Counter. Great build and nice set-up with your dust collection.

-- John @

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 04:45 AM


Two questions…Is there an outfeed side not pictured , and is the saw bolted to the shelf ?
Thank you and that is the nicest installation that I’ve ever seen. Your pics tell a great story : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 05:24 AM

Great Job. That sure will do the trick.
I have been perplexed between doing what you did and going whole hog and getting a RAS. I had a Dewalt 10 in. back in the 70’s and loved it. Never had a problem ripping and it would cut through anything. What do you think?

-- Gio,

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#7 posted 11-05-2009 05:29 AM

Great job, looks very solid.

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#8 posted 11-05-2009 01:30 PM

Dusty beat me to it. This is a professional job and it looks like this is a nice addition to your shop, Tom. I like the idea of putting laminate on the top. Not only does this help with reducing friction but it just looks good and gives the counter a finished look.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 11-05-2009 06:11 PM

Great workstation. Is there any support to the right of the saw or do you not find it necessary?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 11-05-2009 06:14 PM

Wow Tom that looks fantastic your shop looks like a show room good job

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#11 posted 11-05-2009 06:54 PM

That’s what I was thinking of doing in my shop, but adding some legs and a table on the other side. Nicely done.

-- Still have all ten fingers, its been a good day.

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#12 posted 11-06-2009 01:08 AM

yes tom i agree with a1jim..very classy…i love the whole set up..the white walls make it so bright and the red counters are a nice color to catch your eye…and of coarse the dust system is a1…....almost makes me feel like im in a cave with my shop…..might have to do a few things diffrent…but you sure did yours well…congrats

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 11-06-2009 04:01 AM

Nice, I particularly like the vaccum attachments for the saw. I need to set mine up that way.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 11-06-2009 04:41 AM

Answer to Questions:

I did not put an outfeed table on because I do all my cutting to the left of the blade. Once I figure out how many linier feet I need of a given width board (1”, 1 1/2”, 2”, 3”,etc.) I rip my boards. Then I square the ends of the boards I ripped and cut the longest to shortest pieces I need. You have a lot less waste if you rip your boards first and then cut them to finshed length.

I like the Kreg stop system so far. Time will tell how it holds up.

The saw is bolted to the shelf with lag bolts. I put a 2” washer and 3 rubber washers between the the shelf and saw. That way I have some fine adjustment if I need it.

The saw is a makita 12” slider and I think it is one of the best saws on the market. A lot of people like Dewalt.

Thanks to all for your comments!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 11-06-2009 07:04 PM

Cool setup! I really like how you “capped” it all off with the Formica and edge moulding…very professional lookin’ setup.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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