Chopsaw Station Plan from Shop Notes Magazine

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 09-18-2011 08:50 PM 6928 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the Mitre Saw Workcentre from ShopNotes Magazine Vol 14 Issue 82.

Although taken from the plan I have adapted it to suit my needs. Mine is a fraction shorter due to available space in the shop although I can cut up to 53” left of the saw. Once I build a cabinet for the RAS on the right I will have about 36” that side.

I made mine from 7/8” thick phenolis faced MDF, unfortunately the sheet stock I had was not wide enough for the depth of the station (34”) the sheet stock I had was 22” so I had to joint the boards. I was concerned the joint would not hold so I secured cleats to the inside face of all the panels. Once into the cabinet itself it is solid as a rock. You may be able to see the join in the photo with the fence. If you look behind the fence you will see the join line. I got quite a good result in chip free cutting with the little 8” 60 tooth blade I have.

I set the cabinet on casters as I know I will be moving house some time in the future so when I do I will just wheel it out of the shop. I can tell you now, Those 7/8” thick panels sure do weigh a heck of a lot. The top is double thickness as is the right hand supporting panel. I screwed the whole cabinet to the studs in the shop for ridgidity. I trimmed the cabinet with 3/4” oak and trimmed the fence with iron on vynl tape.

The other thing I did was too sit the saw on a sub base with 1-1/2” travel should I need to fit a sacrificial or just to allow for adjustment. Just used some knobs to allow me to lock it down, so far no movement.

The plan has the fence bolted down to the table, the idea being it will be in the exact same spot if it has to be removed which Is what I have done. I think however I may change this to allow for an inch or so adjust ment back and forth.

It took me a little longer to build than I had expected due to having to joint all the boards (biscuits 4” apart and glue) and because the panels being so large and heavy were really awkward to move around.

Anyway done now, the next project is underway – a roll around cabinet for under the drill press.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 09:23 PM

I like that a lot!
Faved for future use. :D

The first thing I think of looking at the space below the saw is that my compressor (makita twin stack) would fit nicely under there. I might even add a door.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 10:46 PM

I too was thinking of adding a door as I thought it would make it look tidier and the dust wouldn’t get in (or not as much) but after pondering for a while I decided against it. Eventually I will move the other chopsaw (Dewalt box) and put a scraps bin in there.

I guess the door would quietin the compressor a little though??

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 11:51 PM

Nice job. I built a version of this for my shop but mine is not as pretty. I put mine together with particle board and I didn’t have enough stock for the full width either. Mine is 16” deep. I like how you joined the panels together to achieve the fepth. with mine only being 16”, The saw sits too close to the wall and the ust shoots back at my face. This isn’t a problem on warm days as the saw is in front of a window that I can open to allow the dust to shoot outside, but on rainy or cold days, I end up eating allot of dust. Maybe I will reconstruct mine to be thicker. Good job on this, as I said mine was made from particle board and too ugly looking to post hehe.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 01:52 AM

Hi David

Great looking cabinet. It can be utilized for different equipment, nice storage, well thought out and quality construction as always. I enjoy seeing your work and shop. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 03:18 AM

Looks good from here. Why are there any wheels on the far side of the miter saw?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 03:39 AM

Well done, that is another of my “gonna do” projects.

Geaux Saints!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 08:57 AM

A scrap bin would be a great add-on for it. Norm made one when he redesigned his miter bench and put casters on it. That’s a pretty good idea too.

Yeah, it would quiet the compressor down a bit. It’s already a very quiet compressor though, so for me a bigger advantage would be keeping dust off of it.

I only have a small 10” hitachi miter saw so I’d probably just make it standard counter width (24”).

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 10:05 AM

Thanks for the feedback fellahs -
Michael1 – My thinking was that if I use durable sheet stock it should last a little longer and be resistant to spillages etc, I got all the sheets as off cuts from a guy that has a friend in the kitchen making business. The only problem was they were all just shy of 22” wide and between 53 & 57” long. I was really concerned that the weight of the boards would be too much for joint hence the internal cleats. I also made sure to off set the joints so that the whole cabinet didn’t have the same size panels all the way around. I have a ply frame tying it all in at the top of the cabinet too (thanks for that idea Tom)

Morning Tom, thanks for your feedback, glad you like it. The shop is coming along nicely, still got quite a bit to do in there before I will be happy but I guess most of us WW’s do. I’ll just take my time with it and get it as best I can.

Hi Bob – I left the castors off the far side as I have built it so that single (double thiockness) panel and the saw platform unbolt from the main cabinet. I have the platform supported by cleats underneath which I can adjust to bring the saw level with the main platform. That way it’s a 10 minute job to take it apart then wheel the main cabinet away when I move home. It would be too unweildly to move as it is.

cajunpen – Give it a go, I’ve only had mine up and working for a week or so, really has made a difference and I can store all the odds and ends untill I can find a more suitable place fir it.

Nitewalker – Hi again I wasn’t going to be too elaborate on the storage bin. I did see Norms design, however I think I’ll just stick a plastic trash bin under there, certainly in the short term to see if that suits.

Thanks again fellahs.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Eduardo Licona

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#9 posted 09-21-2011 06:56 AM

Congrats,nice project I’ll take some ideas to built mine

-- Eduardo Licona

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#10 posted 09-21-2011 10:45 AM

Pleased you like it Euardo, I’m sure you’ll have fun building it

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 10-02-2011 09:52 PM

Simple, practical, straight to the point… well done :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 01-24-2019 08:26 PM

had to check out your really big projects, wow, great organization. ect.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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