My somewhat compact Miter Station

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Project by tedth66 posted 08-08-2010 06:54 AM 10688 views 40 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still on a quest to use my garage as a workshop yet still be able to park both cars in the garage. This is my version of a somewhat compact Miter Station. When in use the table wings slide out as does the miter table. When the wings and miter table are put away the cabinet only sticks out 21inches. I’ve added 4 drawers for storage and as you can see more storage underneath for most of my power tools. I’ll need to improve the dust collection with the dedicated shop vac by somehow channeling the dust towards the back of the table. The days of setting up the miter saw to make one cut are long gone. BTW – The Makita Miter saw rocks!!!

I’ll be adding more storage above the workstation and also adding a charging station above the miter saw.


PS- eventually the look of the drawer fronts (yellow) will really get to me and I’ll have to re-stain them. I’m still learning about finishing.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 10:56 AM

This is clever and well-designed Ted. Great job. I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on how neat and tidy you entire set up is. One of the cleanest and neatest shops I have ever seen!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 11:11 AM

Great set up Ted !

Love the makita drop saw !! droolinig like “Homer Simpson ” looking at it !!! LoL

Nice bench to compliment a magnificent dropsaw !!!

Dust hood is a great idea, it does keep dust shavings in the 1 zone, however I beleive that man kind or the manufacturers of drop saws havnt solved the problem of dust run off ! I am building a bench for my drop saw at present, without spending $1000’s on a effective collection system. I am considering all ideas for it !!
There are many great ideas here on LJ”s !

Iam thinking of useing my compressor to blow air via pointed jets towards the vacing system ! many theories flying around at present !!! amazing !! we can invent the wheel, but catching all the dust from a drop saw seems to be the next problem of the world !! LoL

Have fun with it Tim, cut some timber & see where the dust setlles & work on it from there !!

Good luck mate !!#


-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 02:23 PM

This is a very good idea – very well thought out. The nice thing about a garage shop is that the cars can go in and out so if you put everything on rollers you can still utilize the space and then roll everything back in storage when you’re finished.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 02:29 PM

I had to look twice to really realize what a neat set-up you came up with, this is really great! Everything slides out of the way when not in use! By the neatness and clean workmanship you did with this set up, I have come to the conclusion that you are an excellent craftsman!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 03:46 PM

Nice, I really need to make one of those for my shop. I also like the shop storage too.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 06:34 PM

super nice set up…I just bought a new dewalt and I want to build a set up too…right now I have to pull my saw out each time I use it…I am going to put this is my favorites!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 08:20 PM

Nice design for space saving!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 12:12 AM

Looks great from here….now for me to turn off the PC and get my butt into the shop will be my next project : )
Thanks for the inspiration …added to my favorites : )

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

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#9 posted 08-09-2010 12:16 AM

Very nice. I want to make something similar so I can park at least one car in the garage. Great design and great job.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#10 posted 08-09-2010 12:59 AM

Looks awesome nice and clean I dont think you can ever know alot about finishing or you will drive yourself crazy


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#11 posted 08-09-2010 03:32 AM

I really like the design. Clean lines, professionally finished. I see you have the vacuum set up under it. Trust me, you’ll need it. That machine loves to make sawdust! And I like your clampdown or stop on the left side.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 06:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. It was a pain to square the two tables and the saw and it’s table but in the end it was all worth it.

Improving the dust collection ~ I think I’ll buy a piece of 1/8” hardboard and cut a piece to width and attach it on the top front and the bottom back so it forms an arc towards the dust tray (not visible in my pictures).

GODAHAVEFUN ~ I was contemplating something similar but my idea involved porting the shop vac’s output to the top of my dust hood and directing that air down to the dust tray. Unfortunately the ‘ShopVac’s’ output isn’t a round port but instead a few fish gill slots. maybe i’ll buy a new vac for my saw and give it a go.

Napaman,,, congrats on the Dewalt. having a dedicated spot for the miter saw is heaven,,, your back will thank you if you build a station for it. :)

-- Ted

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#13 posted 08-11-2010 02:12 AM

Looks like a great space saving plan and very nicely finished.

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

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#14 posted 08-11-2010 02:18 AM

Nice station well done


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#15 posted 10-02-2010 06:24 PM

Ted, thats a nice miter station. I love your use of storage.

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