Miter Saw Workbench

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Project by Matt posted 05-01-2011 07:18 PM 41161 views 32 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this miter saw as a wedding gift. As we are coming up on my five year anniversary, I thought it might be appropriate to build an appropriate bench for it. I got the design from Woodsmith Tools and Jigs. This was a fun way to learn some new techniques. Drilling for shelves. Mounting a cabinet. Using a piano hinge. Making two independent cabinets with a rotating fence perfectly square with each other.
Dust removal for this machine sucks. I am trying to figure out what kind of system to install behind it. It is a beast, 12” compound miter saw. The original plan had it sliding back to get it out of the way. That won’t work because of its size, so it is fixed in place.
Now I will be able to clear some space in my shop and load up the shelves.

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 07:41 PM

Looks good – I`m guessing that the cabinets are screwed to the wall? Makes it easy to sweep!

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 08:22 PM

Nice unit
I also like the easy clean under

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 11:12 PM

I like it. I guess you normally cut on the left side (since the table is wider there).

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 03:59 AM

Great work, I keep planning to build on of these

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

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 02:49 PM

Nice, I’ve been trying to plan out my design for this, and you have given me another option, nice work!

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 04:09 PM

WOW… a miter saw as a wedding gift??? Now THAT’S a friend!!

nice table!

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 02:48 AM

I think this is one of my next projects. Shopnotes has a hood that looks like it will work for the saw.


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#8 posted 05-14-2011 03:41 AM

truly nice work – if you get a chance, can you post some side or 3/4 angle pics? I’d love to see more of that hinge setup.

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 07:25 AM

A wedding gift? Cool! and nice job on the workbench.

-- - Martin

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 04:18 AM

Good job, I’m building the exact same thing right now. Hope it turns out as good as yours.

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#12 posted 04-25-2012 06:45 PM

This is a really cool idea you have, I wish I had the room to make something like this.

Anyway, if you ahve not already done something about the dust collection, I ahve seen several ideas here in LJ.

One that I liked most was a lower table like yours where the top of was made of pegboard or some perforated material, and had a lower table below taht caught some of the dust, and a vac hose was attached, when the collector ran, it basically looked like it would pull the dust down into the talbe and suck it up. This was in addition to a vac hose being used on the dust shoot of the saw.

I have not made one for myself, but it looks like it would work pretty well. I hope this may give you some ideas that will help. Good luck, thank you for sharing.

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#13 posted 01-25-2014 11:48 PM

I need one just like this

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