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Miter saw station with integrated stop block, drill press and extension wing

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Project by DIYMontreal posted 03-22-2019 12:34 PM 966 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been planing to build a dedicated miter saw station for a while but had a few restrictions and considerations I wanted to make sure I addressed.

- First off, I wanted it to be affordable—> lumber cost for this build = $90.
- Next I wanted to keep the footprint relatively small (same as the rickety old workbench that I had before)—> I added an extension wing you can pull out to support long boards.
- I also wanted to use the miter station as a secondary workbench—> I chose not to add a back fence as seen on many designs.
- I wanted an integrated stop block—> I build custom stops that slide on a T-track and lock down with the twist of a star knob.
- Oh an I integrated my drill press to save space around the shop.

If you want to see how I built it, watch the video HERE
I also have build plans available HERE

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal





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Sawdust2012

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#1 posted 03-22-2019 12:57 PM

Great build. One question, I am about done with roughly the same design (no fence). I’m wondering if the routed channel for the t track weakens the table top to the point that it needs a 2×4 brace parallel under the track?

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DIYMontreal

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#2 posted 03-22-2019 01:11 PM


Great build. One question, I am about done with roughly the same design (no fence). I’m wondering if the routed channel for the t track weakens the table top to the point that it needs a 2×4 brace parallel under the track?

- Sawdust2012

No, I did not reinforce in any way, nor did I see the need. The channel is 3/8 deep in a 3/4 ply (so half the thickness) and the plywood is supported by the 2×4 base on all 4 sides. Unless you’re planing to stand and jump on the workbench, I think it should hold up just fine :)

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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stefang

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#3 posted 03-22-2019 01:17 PM

Looks like a great set-up. You could utilize all that space under the tables for shelves or drawers if you wanted to. I am wondering about the placement of your drill press. Do you have to wheel it out when to use it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DIYMontreal

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#4 posted 03-22-2019 01:28 PM



Looks like a great set-up. You could utilize all that space under the tables for shelves or drawers if you wanted to. I am wondering about the placement of your drill press. Do you have to wheel it out when to use it?

- stefang

Absolutely! I plan to add drawers or shelves or door or some combination of all 3 underneath once I figure out how I want to use the space.
As for drill press placement, that’s a valid concern, but I am able to drill into the center a 6 foot long board by placing the board on an angle so it clears the column on the left. I’ve found that to be plenty enough for my needs.

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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Upgrayedd

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#5 posted 03-22-2019 01:52 PM

Should work fine and serve you well.
I will offer a suggestion for anyone considering a simple design like this.
The T-track needs to be behind the saw fence, so you can use a flip stop to get it out of the way when you need to break something down, and go back to your stop to make the precision cut. My first design had this feature of the T-track in the middle and it was a bit of a pain.

I think if you slide your saw forward so the T-Track is behind the saw fence and make a flip stop it will serve you better.

First design

Second design

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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cmmyakman

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#6 posted 03-22-2019 03:43 PM


Second design

- Upgrayedd

Great idea!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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mafe

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#7 posted 03-23-2019 07:17 PM

Super cool.
So fine use of the space.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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