Second miter saw station for my shop (January 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 01-30-2013 01:07 PM 4797 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second miter saw station I will be using in my shop. The first was for small cutoffs and 2×4 lumber. This one is for the wider and longer stock. It is a salvaged 42” sink base cabinet on wheels with 40” wings on either side. This gives me a total distance of 10’2” from end to end when extended. The arms fold down straddling the mounting brackets to take up less space and give a nice clean look. Total arm surface area is 40” x 11.5”. The dimensions can be modified to fit any need and are extremely easy to build. No special hardware to buy. All hinges are made with 2-1/2” kreg screws. Here are two videos; First, the design process in SketchUp. And second, the build. For those who do not use SketchUp I highly recommend it. Truly a great tool for all woodworkers.

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-- Jay -

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:14 PM

Nice. I’ve been kicking around ideas on how to make the side tables fold, as I want to use something similsr for my planer. This looks effective and easy!

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 02:07 PM

I have two as well. Good setup.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 02:11 PM

Nice job. On a side not, I just want a single miter saw. Any miter saw. I have none. But, nice job!

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 04:28 PM

Well done, nice looking set-up

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks for the Sketch up tutorial, I learned from it … that makes it a success.

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 05:52 PM

The folding system is great, I have a miter saw and I’ve been thinking on building an station, and with this you gave me the inspiration to start it.
One thing I would add are fences to the extensions so I can use stop blocks if needed.

Best regards,

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#8 posted 01-31-2013 01:13 AM

sweet looks like your doing well.

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 01:38 AM

macdo, I would suggest not adding the fences. After using many miter saw setups I can say that having a fence is a major pain when the material to cut has just a slight bow to it. For a stop block, just make a clamping bar that straddles the arms.

-- Jay -

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 06:00 AM

This is my miter saw and radial arm saw station… is 18’ long, and each cabinet is 4’ long and 32” deep…it has plenty of drawer storage w/ full ext. slides, and will handle a 20’ board….it has one contineous fence, and stops….......

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 10:36 AM

Great design idea. From your experience with your first miter station, how long do the kreg screw hinges last?

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 05:35 AM

Wolfdrool – I have been using them regularly since they were built. No signs of wear yet. I’m sure they will wear out quicker than metal hinges but a little bracing here and there as needed will extend the life.

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 01:04 PM

Thanks for your reply, JSB. Clever use of the Kreg screws. These screws are like duct tape in that they have 1001 uses . . . now 1002!

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