Mitre Station

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Project by bmfair posted 11-12-2018 03:09 AM 1411 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a limited space in my garage and I typically roll my MS out to make cuts to minimize dust in the garage. I built this to save space and try and collect as much dust as possible so I could keep it up against the wall permanently. There are multiple dust collection points: a big gulp behind the saw combined with the adjustable hood which runs to a dedicated 4” vertical pickup, a line on the rear of the blade (stock), and then a duct that runs beneath the saw to pull down through the blade insert; these two combine into another 4” vertical pickup (these can be seen on top of the table).

Because space is such a premium, and this Dewalt can take up another 12” in depth when pushed fully to the rear, it would have required a 36” deep cabinet. I managed to make it only 23” deep by making a collapsible hood. The hood is in 2 parts; the main which can be seen rests on top of the table; the second part in the rear slides on the t-track, storing inside the main hood (not visible in photos). To store I pull the saw forward and turn to 45 deg., then the rear of the hood has 2 hinges which flip up and then it slides into the larger hood. The hood also has sliding dovetail doors that help close the front opening while remaining adjustable for the mitre.

The base of the cabinet sits on a torsion box. The drill press is also built into a torsion box in order to keep the base off the top of the table and save space. While this does prevent me from using the DP on taller stock, I rarely have that need so figured it was worth the trade (in hindsight I think I could have turned the DP 90 deg and maybe made it work better).

The t-track allowed me to add an Incra fence. Between the two I can slide the fence left/right and forward/back, allowing me to setup sacrificial fences. The Incra is also nice because it has a sliding measure tape for when I’m moving the fence around and there is space for me to slide in hold-downs when cutting shorter stock.

The table is trimmed with walnut and I decided to do lots of layers of a film finish for durability.

I’ve considered building a sliding drawer for the planer, we’ll see…

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#1 posted 11-12-2018 12:19 PM

Nice compact mobile miter station. Good storage and a nice long table, plus the drill press is also set in there. Very efficient use of space.

Have you seen the versions that use clear plastic flaps rather than plywood along the front face of the hood? Maybe you could make a flip base for the planer so you don’t have to lift that heavy beastie out of the cabinet every time you want to use it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 01:47 PM

really nice space saving idea but like Earls said – that planer weighs 96 lbs.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-12-2018 06:31 PM

I really like the idea of having the drill press base built in under the surface. It is clever and it looks great.

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#4 posted 11-12-2018 07:39 PM

good job

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#5 posted 11-13-2018 01:42 AM

Nice job, I just bought a 12” Craftsman dual bevel miter saw today and will be needing to make a bench for it. I may be stealing at least some of your design, I like the drill press on there.


-- Measure Once Cuss Twice

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