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Project by RetiredGeek posted 04-28-2018 04:01 AM 2885 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project that I have decided to display on this site. I am newly retired from the IT world, and have always wanted to do more woodworking. I have enjoyed perusing this site for so many great ideas!

This best thing about this build is the sliding middle support section. It allows me to use my sliding miter saw and to save on space when not in use. I put castors on the rear of the mid section, and adjustable support legs in front. When I want to use the saw I simply lift the front, pull it out about 10 inches, turn the saw for a 90 degree cut, then slide the slider back to start cutting. When done, just push the mid section back against the wall, turn the saw to the 45 degree mark and enjoy the space!

In the beginning I was worried about mid section stability, but I just pushed the 2 side sections tight against the mid section so there is barely any clearance and it makes it very stable. That and putting rubber footings on the front adjustable legs. I can also clamp blocks of wood for stops on the front lip of the side sections for making repeatable cuts. I have a 4 inch extension on the front of the counter top. This gives me about 5-6 inches to lay down a long board, after having pulled out the mid section for cutting position. Counter depth is only 28 inches when all is pushed back to the wall.





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#1 posted 04-28-2018 04:23 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 05:41 AM

Great project. Fellow geek here and looking forward to more input from you on LJ. Welcome.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#3 posted 04-28-2018 01:38 PM

Welcome to the site. Very nice work bench and adapting to your tools!

-- Tom

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 04:14 PM

Interesting adaptation.
I have been puzzling over that problem for a while because I would like to replace my current set up with a sliding type saw. I now have a Delta 12” “chop” saw and Craftsman radial arm saw located on a similar bench that is against the wall. I see one small problem with your design, you lose some of the support for long wide boards by moving out to the edge of the bench. Possibly this could be over come by adding some supports that also slide out.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-29-2018 02:44 AM

Great job on a great project! Am about to start a similar one and am going back to the drawing board to incorporate the slide out center section!

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#6 posted 04-29-2018 10:26 AM

This looks like a great way to set up a sliding saw; well done! And welcome to LJ’s

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 04-29-2018 11:42 PM

Thanks all… I enjoyed reading your comments!

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#8 posted 04-30-2018 02:57 AM

Good looking project that will be very useful for a long time.

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

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#9 posted 04-30-2018 04:04 AM

RetiredGeek , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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