Mr Wolfe's Miter Station

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Project by MrWolfe posted 04-10-2018 04:09 PM 2870 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recent project for my new shop. I really shopped around looking for a compact sliding miter saw before I chose this Craftsman 10” single bevel sliding miter saw. I am extremely happy with it even though it almost seems like a downgrade from my larger Dewalt. What I really like is the forward sliding rail system that allows me to position the saw almost against the wall. The rails are stationary and the saw is what travels forward on the rails. It allows me to use a big tool in a small space. The cabinet is a re-purposed set of two steel cabinets with drawers and five sets of wall cabinets hung on french cleats. I took all the paint off of the cabinets and repainted them with that beaten metal/pewter paint. I built the frames and bases that the cabinets sit on as well as all the trim for both sets of fixtures. The tops of the cabinets are two layers of MDF 3/4 inch with a laminate counter-top sheeting. Total work surface of the counter-top is 24 inches by 96 inches. I also made two risers you can see in the first picture and a removable top for the center counter. They get moved around the shop as needed which is very helpful.

This pic shows the station with the center piece in place and before I built the wooden cubbie between the two double sets of wall cabinets. You can also see the 5th set of wall cabinets between the two base cabinets.

The removable center piece allows me to bolt the miter saw in place and the saw is level with the rest of the counter or remove it completely and put the center piece in place to have a large workbench/assembly table. Also, the two risers in the first picture are completely removable or can be placed on the cabinet drawers and doors by way of routed grooves cut into the bottoms to expand the depth of the table top. With the “wings” connected to the table top the dimensions of the work surface expand to 34 inches by 96 inches. This allows me to use the sliding miter saw to make fully supported cuts on wide stock up to 12 inches.

I intend to add some lights on the bottom of the upper cabinets sometime but my small shop has 7 huge windows and 2 doors with glass panels so for now lighting is not a huge issue.

I use clamps and wooden jigs for a fence and stop system. This allows me to use the table bare naked as an assembly table when I am not using the miter saw.

I will make a blog post of the shop I’ve built when I am “finished”.... I am very close now.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 05:43 PM

Wow!! I really like it. Nice way to repurpose something but it all makes a really nice looking miter station. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 12:06 AM

Thanks Richard.
My shop is small so i really try to double or triple up on how I use a space. This works great.

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 02:06 AM

That is a nice miter station you have created. Excellent use of the space you have. Looks fantastic.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 02:38 PM

Thanks WoodButcherbynight,
I’m really happy with the saw too. Its very compact for a sliding miter saw. Works great in the small space.

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#5 posted 04-12-2018 02:19 AM

Perfect solution, looks great and congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 04-12-2018 04:15 PM

Thanks Norman,
I really enjoy creative problem solving. Its very satisfying to find a solution that works well.
I appreciate the kind comments.

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 08:09 PM

This is great! I was looking into buying a new miter saw stand but I may improvise and try to setup something similar.

-- Jim Niehaus

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#8 posted 04-16-2018 02:58 PM

Yeah go for it Jim, I’m sure you can come up with something that is very functional and has all the features you are needing for your set up. Thanks for the comment and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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