Pull out, rotating mitre station

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Project by nbistecche posted 03-06-2012 03:19 AM 6088 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my solution for having a 12” sliding mitre saw in a really small shop. Im happy with it. It cleared up a lot of floor space. I used 16” heavy duty, full extension drawer slides, and a 10” lazy susan. I hinged the top of the box and hope to find something to store in there soon. I wish it was about 6” lower than it is, but what can you do. Its well worth the extra floor space.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 03:34 AM

I have the exact same saw and am trying to figure out what you did. The Saw has a plate of wood bolted to it and it sandwiches the lazy Susan between the wooden base plate and the pull out drawer?

This doesn’t appear bolted down at all? Aren’t you worried about it falling off?

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 03:34 AM

I love the idea
Great set up to get it out of the way ,but now you need a extension table and dust collection ,another challenge my fellow LJ .
Keep on innovating we need new ideas .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 01:20 PM

What a fantastic idea!!!!!!!!! I gave up on my slide miter saw in my shop because it stood there taking up too much space, this will help bring it back into my shop!

THANKS for sharing with us!!!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 02:07 PM

Kiefer, cant wait to set up my dust collection, and I’m currently working on one of those portable stands to support any long/heavy pieces. Im waiting on the dust collection because as you can see, my wall is still quite bare. i’m going to put up some shelves and then the dust collection.

Brutalforce, the saw is bolted down to 2 laminated pieces of 3/4 ply. The lazy susan is screwed to both the laminated ply and the lid of the drawer/box. The drawer slides are screwed into two 3×3 pieces of wood that were reduced from 4×4. then, lag bolted to the shelf. The unit is solid. When it is fully extended, pins lock it in place. those pins are not shown in my photos because i added them after.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 02:27 PM

Great job! perfect solution to small spaces. I’m in the same boat as I wish my shop was bigger than it is.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 02:31 PM

Good idea and excecution. That box should be perfect storage for and extra saw blade or two.

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 03:19 PM

What a great solution. I have the same saw. I installed it inbetween two 8’ cabinets for support on either side. The tops ended up being landing spaces for everthing in the world. The whole thing took up way too much space. This surely looks like a solution. Would love to see how you are going to handle the dust collection. Please keep us updated. Thanks for sharing such an original idea.


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#8 posted 03-06-2012 06:05 PM

This confuses me. I totally understand why you would want it to be able to pull out. But why rotate? I would think you could just park the head at 45 degrees and slide the whole thing straight back if space from the wall is a concern… Still, it’s a good idea. I have been considering something similar for my shop… Just no rotate…

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 06:13 PM

I also have the same saw with the same problems that you had! It should save your back, time and hassle. thanks for posting and giving answers to questions not even asked yet!

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 07:23 PM

db host. Oriinally, there were no plans for a lazy susan. But I save about 5” iif it rotates. The Guide for the slides on the back of the saw sticks out a bit, so by allowing it to rotate, I am able to sto it away closer to the wall. simply changing the angle of the saw to 45 would make the handle stick out a bit and I wanted this to be as out of the way as possible.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 07:56 PM

That’s a great idea, I have the Dewalt 708, and it takes up as much floor space, as my stationary saw does. On my to do list.

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 08:25 PM

I like what you did for your sliding saw. I just replaced my RAS with a sliding compound, but went with the Hitachi C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw only becuase the dual support arms can be moved to hang behind the saw or next to the motor, thus reducing the need for a sliding saw to hang out 20” from the wall. I was able to put the saw in the same footprint as my old RAS.

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#13 posted 03-06-2012 08:31 PM

Got it… My cheapo Chicago Electric is about 5” wider side to side than front to back when the saw is set to 45 deg… I guess its the difference between the saws…

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#14 posted 03-07-2012 12:23 AM

dang that’s clever. really smart.

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#15 posted 03-07-2012 03:18 AM

Nice problem solving.

-- Building fine furniture in my driveway.

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