Miter saw wings from scraps

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Project by wildbill001 posted 03-20-2011 04:34 AM 2379 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

In the past when I needed to cut long boards/molding on my mitersaw, I would just wrestle with it. But this current project (new floor molding) was just getting out of hand. So I looked around the garage and the web for some ideas.

The stand the saw is on is one I built a while back. It’s open on three sides because I used to keep my planer on the bottom shelf. Didn’t want to spend time rebuilding that so I had to come up with a way to attach some wings. Then it hit me, wing-nuts!. The second picture is a close-up of one side. Two 5/16 bolts, washers, and wing-nuts hold it to the frame. The diagonal board is just a 1×4 I had, sawed to “close-enough”. The end sits on a wooden cleat. I knew I was going to have to have some method of adjustment.

At first I thought of cutting a slot, adding another board, some means of tightening the whole mess. As I was looking in my hardware, I found a few 1/4” t-nuts. So I decided to try those and that is what you see in the third picture. Cut a 2” piece of 1/4” all-thread, added a 1/4” nut, drilled a deep hole in the end-grain, pounded the t-nut home and there you have it.

Takes only a few minutes to add or remove. Best of all, everything was in the cut-off bin except for the wingnuts. Total cost: about $2.00.

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 06:58 AM

Welcome to LJ Bill. Good to see a fellow Texan on here. You did good on the mitersaw wings. It was only a matter of time before a longer piece of stock got away from you and flipped up into the lower guard. It aint pretty when it happens, plastic goes flying all over the place. And you end up replacing the lower guard too.

If you’re like me it’s not going to be long before you’re mounting that planer on top of a the stand or making another one. I got tired of picking my planer up and setting it on something to use it. Got lucky, a customer was throwing away an old microwave table with casters so I rescued it. Aint it nice when you don’t have to spend a wad to get what you need?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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