Miter Saw Bench - with lots of bells and whistles!

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Project by ellen35 posted 09-01-2013 11:03 PM 7809 views 36 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this “twin sons of different mothers” (with apologies to Dan Foglberg) because Lorna (moonls here on LJ) and I each did a version. They started out with a similar design and we moved on to accommodate what we needed most. Now the story…
I had been very dissatisfied with the miter saw stand that I have had for a number of years. While it was sturdy, it was terrible for larger pieces of wood and the dust collection was nonexistent. So, Lorna and I (we live about 3 miles apart here on Cape Cod and do many projects together) decided that we needed to come up with a design that would be just what we each needed. There was a neat miter saw bench in Popular Woodworking a few months ago that looked intriguing. BUT… we each had different needs. This is my version.

The entire bench is approximately 70 inches long and 24 inches deep. Since one can never have enough storage, I decided that I would make 4 separate storage boxes and put full extension slider drawers in 3 and the dust collection in the 4th. The first pic shows the unit as it stands. Note the high back. It serves 2 purposes: first, it helps corral the dust and second, it has a cork tack strip so I can hang my plans and details of what I might be building (I guess I’ve lost the paperwork a few too many times!). As you can see in the second picture, I have a dedicated small shop vac. The third pic shows the underside with foam insulation for sound (don’t waste your time… the noise still comes up the shute in pic 3!). Note that there is ventilation out the back of this container for the vac… you can see it in picture 3. The 4th pic is the shute behind the saw (it is the big 12 in Bosch that I reviewed earlier). I have removed the useless bag and attached a hose that simply extends down the shute to the vac hose. Picture 5 is the most interesting to me… I needed a place to store my small screws, washers, etc. I decided to do an insert on this drawer with dividers that were slightly larger than the boxes I had. I also picked up some plastic containers that are about the same size and used them for additional screws, etc. where I did not buy a full box. I did not want to fight with shop dust in these containers so I got a piece of plexiglass cut, rabbeted a groove in each side and slipped it in. It will slide in both directions to make it easy to get a materials on either end.
The unit is one heavy mother and it is on wheels.
While the dust collection isn’t perfect, it is much better than anything else I have tried. I keep a small brush nearby and occasionally just brush everything into the shute. I also have lots of surface area for longer pieces of wood and
for putting cutoffs as they come off the saw.
While this is a useful bench, half the fun was in the design and the changes in the original design.
Be sure and look for Lorna’s version in a few weeks. Hers accommodates her stationary belt sander and has doors. Different strokes for different folks!
Thanks for looking!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 11:16 PM

very nice indeed, I hope I can make one of these soon, thanks for sharing.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 12:05 AM

This bench is a big improvement in sawdust containment and I’m impressed with your nice job with trim and finish!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 12:19 AM

Looks great Ellen, maybe will inspire me to do something with my nasty old set up – especially that nice dust collection!

-- Kate,

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 12:28 AM

Very nice setup Ellen

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 12:34 AM

Very nice bench and well thought out. I really like your full extension drawers and the back board for notes, construction details, etc. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 12:43 AM

I like the use of the HVAC parts and also the full drawer slide . It looks like you made great use of the space. Nice work Ellen.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 12:44 AM

Well done Ellen! It looks great and is obviously very functional. The dedicated dust collection is a great feature and you have added a good amount of additional shop storage space. I don’t know if I told you and Lorna that I did follow your lead and got the Bosch GCM12SD. I have put it to use a few times and love it. I hope to soon build a proper home for it. While my thoughts are more towards base cabinetry, I see lots of good ideas in your build. Again, great job.

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

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 01:32 AM

Woo Hoo Girl you rock… but I bet that mitre saw station doesn’t

-- Be safe.

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 02:01 AM

Wow ! Nice job Ellen !
That is a “Miter Saw Station Deluxe” !
Everything from the cork strip (which is an idea I think I have to borrow), right down to that cool drawer with the Plexiglas cover.
You thought of everything !
I like the dedicated vacuum underneath and all the storage space as well.
Really nice job !

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#10 posted 09-02-2013 02:32 AM

very nice job.i like the dust control set up.great layout.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 09-02-2013 02:54 AM

Very COOL design & job!

Very nice Bells & Whistles… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 09-02-2013 02:55 AM

really nice saw station, its great when you make these and to your own specifications…you did a really great job, and i know you will enjoy it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 09-02-2013 02:57 AM

Stellar job on the miter saw work station…..It looks like it has all the bells and whistles you’ll need to get the job(s) done…...The full extention drawers are a nice touch to add to the class of this work station…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#14 posted 09-02-2013 06:35 AM

Wow Ellen, I really like this unit. I was thinking today while in the shop tripping over the leg to my miter saw stand, that I need to build something better. I like your ideas. I have seen before a dust collection like you have, accept they built up the are behind the saw something like the conection you have underneath the top…that way the dust would slide into the vac hose.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 09-02-2013 07:17 AM

I’m always a sucker for good organization and you’ve got it goin’ on…...................

-- mike...............

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