Miter Saw work station

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Project by Thinkerf posted 07-06-2013 01:42 AM 14129 views 40 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a long time coming but I finally got sick of listening to all the negative news on TV and locked myself in the shop till this was done…only kidding, but I promised myself this about a year ago and I just finished it today. Sold my 12” Rigid saw on the rolling stand because it was just too big for my little shop. Got lucky on kjiji and found a Bosch GCM12SD still in the box at a great price. The cantilevered action allowed me to put it right up against the wall and save a huge amount of room. It’s a well made piece of equipment and I love it. The new saw inspired me to get going on the work station. Fairly simple design..not unlike many others you have probably seen. Made of solid core Baltic and MDF with oak edging on the work surfaces and facing on the cabinet fronts. Doors are oak rails & stile frame with birch veneer 1/4 ply for the panels. I incorporated a dust removal duct at the back which I can attach to my system and I think I will install deflector panels on either side to help collect the spray of saw dust. The trickiest part was aligning the fence and shimming the saw so that it was exactly even with the cabinet work surface but time and patients (and a few kind words) got the job done. Installed the Kreg fence system on the top and it works well. Cabinets on either side were designed to store some portable shop equipment (oscillating spindle sander and a bench-top mortise machine). Had to use some pretty heavy duty slides to support the weight but I am pleased with how it all turned out. Look forward to using it for the next project (china cabinet). Cheers, Thinkerf.

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#1 posted 07-06-2013 02:07 AM

It appears you have put some thought into the design and build of your stand. Good idea to incorporate the dust collection into the cabinet….those saws make a lot of dust. It should serve you well and looks good too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 03:23 AM

Project executed with great mastery, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 07-06-2013 03:47 AM

Nice work. You and I think alot alike. I am still working on mine but it is already being used. I still have drawers and doors to build…and the dust collection thing. I am looking for that exact metal ductwork. Lowes was out and HD didn’t have any.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 07-06-2013 05:48 AM

How many “patients ” helped you, and what kind of doctor are you ? LOL
JK….This looks awesome and I wish I had room in my basement shop for it !
I like that you can store those tools beneath it, but I wouldn’t want to have to lift them very often at my age.
Keep up the good work : )

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 08:37 AM

Very nice Mitre saw station and also a good place to keep your mortise machine and spindle sander. Nice addition to your workshop.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-06-2013 10:28 AM

golly am I jealous! Great ideas here. I’m even green with envy for your new saw. :-) thanks for sharing this.

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#7 posted 07-06-2013 11:18 AM

very nice ms station,very functional.i like the dust collection set up it’ll be very handy in your shop.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 07-06-2013 11:31 AM

Nice work indeed… I am planning something similar…

Question… Do you use your General spindle sander and mortised ‘down low’ like that or do you move them up to bench?

Do you have more shop pics posted somewhere?

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#9 posted 07-06-2013 12:37 PM

Great job the versatility you can get out of the work station is endless. What do you plan to do with the area under the saw?

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#10 posted 07-06-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks for all the kind words fellas, appreciate the support. I know the mortise machine and sander are low and (as pointed out by Dusty56 and I agree with him), they tend to be a bit on the heavy side, but for now, I will have to lift them up onto the work surface to use them. I didn’t have the room in my shop to make individual work stations for those units so I decided to go this route. Maybe when I get to that stage of my projects I can hire some “young thing” to come in and give me a lift with the units LOL. For now, the area under the saw itself will be used to store my portable shop vac (and probably some other stuff that gets in my way).

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#11 posted 07-06-2013 02:30 PM

very nice set-up.
very well executed.
you will need those dust deflectors because this thing does a mess lol

-- 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 07-06-2013 09:43 PM

nice work i see you got the track system.

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#13 posted 07-06-2013 09:58 PM

Hi and welcome to Lumberjocks. You put together a nice miter saw station with very nice craftsmanship. On a selfish note, thanks for posting this. I recently bought the same saw and have it sitting on the floor of my shop, still in the box. I’m trying to decide where to place it and whether to use an existing bench or make a new station like yours. Either way, I am making a favorite of your post. Again, great project.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 07-07-2013 12:52 AM

Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#15 posted 07-07-2013 01:44 AM

nice miter saw station and congrates on your retirement and finding a wonderful woodworking site…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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