My Miter Saw Station... with Planer Garage

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Project by dakotawood posted 02-20-2012 02:38 AM 40502 views 99 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally put the finishing touches on my latest shop project. I received the Bosch Glide Saw for Christmas, so I knew I had to research and build a miter saw station. From the get go I knew this would be a possible way to get my planer out of sight when I’m not using it. I’m just a weekend woodworker, so I don’t really need quick access to my planer all the time – and space is at a premium. So I decided to incorporate a garage for it to roll into. I thought about the design for like a week before I started building anything.

The miter saw station is pretty typical I guess, at least as far as this website is concerned. I decided on the Kreg track system. I built the “wings” to the specs suggested by Kreg. I had to shim them a bit in the middle by the saw to keep them level with the saw bed. I don’t know why, but for some reason my top seems to sag a touch in the middle. I have a 2 ft section to the right and a 4 ft section to the left of the saw. Since the base has a cutout for my planer base, I installed 6 4” casters (from Grizzly) to help support it on either side of the cutout. The left door is strictly for the planer – a very tight custom fit. The center door holds a dedicated shop vac for the saw (which is triggered by the saw with the help of a Craftsman switch) and also my mortiser. The right door is completely empty right now – great place to grow into – could do drawer slides, adjustable shelves, don’t know yet. The top is two 3/4” MDF sheets laminated together and trimmed with maple. Same for the wings – 3/4” MDF with maple trim.

I built a new mobile base for my planer to custom fit the garage. 4” casters. Has an open end in the base now. I don’t know what I’ll do with that yet. May put a drawer to fit in there in the future. The planer bed stands about knee high for me. It’s actually fairly comfortable to use being a bit lower to the ground. I have a 4” dust port hanging on the wall to the left of the miter saw station that I can plug into my d/c with.

Finished everything with a wiping varnish – equal parts BLO, satin poly, naptha.

I think I’m going to LOVE this thing!!

Thanks for looking.


-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 02:41 AM

Super looking chop saw station great job.


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#2 posted 02-20-2012 02:49 AM

Now that is just COOL. I really like the garage. I’m constantly dragging my planer out and sitting it on a stand about that tall. That approximate height makes handling boards pretty easy. This is a must idea just right for stealing. Thanks for posting!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 02:56 AM

That really is thinking “Outside the Box”!! Great concept & execution. Looks fantastic.

I can see a lot of LJ’ers gettin’ felonies for stealing this idea.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 03:01 AM

Really, really, really, nice job!!!!

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 03:45 AM

This is indeed a lovely cabinet and mitre saw work station. Congrats on a great job.


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#6 posted 02-20-2012 04:05 AM

Very nice! Clean design! I like that it has wheels on it too. Nice work!!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 04:51 AM

Very cool, I love how the planer rolls right out of there. This setup looks like it will serve you for years to come. How do you like your glider saw? I sure wish they had that thing a few years ago when I bought mine, I had to settle for a non slider due to space restraints, and then that came out shortly after. Anyway, cool idea and design, congrats on a job well done.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 05:26 AM

Very nice project and a great use of space with the planer : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 09:25 AM

that is just fantastic…nice job…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 02-20-2012 12:27 PM

I realy like that, nice work the planer gerage is realy neat

-- Punk in PA

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#11 posted 02-20-2012 01:17 PM

Man, that little planer cart is a great idea. Great job on the whole setup!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#12 posted 02-20-2012 03:00 PM

Great job! Adding a stop system is a great addition to any miter saw. The Kreg system is really nice.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 04:57 PM

I’m loving the nested stations idea!


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#14 posted 02-20-2012 05:04 PM

Love the miter saw station.
The low planer looks like a backache waiting to happen. A bit of a tipping hazzard as well with the small base.
I love the stops on the miter fence. I have such a need for them for repeated cuts but just haven’t gotten around to making a set up as nice as yours. Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 02-20-2012 07:04 PM

Great looking station. I really like the way you tuck your planer in the dedicated bay.

-- Bob Card

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