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I've taken a lot of good ideas for miter saw stands on the net and added my own … extensible wings!
The wings span 10' when fully extended.
The black knobs keep the wings from sliding, which is especially useful in preventing them from dragging on the floor in the down position. UHMW tape was used to keep the extension sliding free, whilst still being tight enough to keep it from sagging at full extension.
There is also a wing leveler made up of a threaded insert, a bolt, and a wingnut.

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Nice MS Station! Looks like it will serve you well for many years.

I will soon be building a SCMS Station, your's has given me some ideas!!! Thanks for posting.
 

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Thanks for posting this. That's pretty much what I pictured in my mind for my planer stand.
 

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Wow this is really well thought out. Nice job.

I also like the fold up HF trailer.
 

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Way cool miter station
 

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Great! I'm currently building one very similar to this. I'm looking to get my miter saw off of a wall bench and more mobile to save room in the shop and move it into the house during a whole house renovation coming up soon.

After about three different stands, I've found that the large miter spans are rarely needed. Compacting it into a stand like this is sufficient 95% of the time. Nice job.
 

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How do you like the Milwaukee sliding miter saw? I was looking at the Dewalt, but recently saw the Milwaukee and really like the specs of it.
 

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How do you like the Milwaukee sliding miter saw? I was looking at the Dewalt, but recently saw the Milwaukee and really like the specs of it.
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments.

Some additional design points that I made that might help others building their own stations:
- I didn't include a fence on the wings because I always wanted my cuts perpendicular to the end of the board not across the entire length of the board. So if a board was a little curved I could still get a relatively square cut. This also meant a lot less trouble aligning the SCMS fence with the blade and then aligning that fence with the wing fences.
- Don't assume that your current saw is the only saw that will be used with this stand. I previously had a Bosch 3912 when I built this stand. Luckily, I had kept a 6" allowance for the thickness of the miter saw base which allowed me to switch out the 3912 for the Milwaukee 6955-20 SCMS which has a base almost 1 inch thicker. All I had to do was trim off the bottom of the riser platform. Luckily, the base width is near identical between the saws so no adjustment needed there. Had they been different, the tops of the wings are screwed down so that they can be removed and trimmed down or even recreated if need be.
- You may need to miter the corners of the wings to get the full range of miter adjustment. If I try to adjust the miter angle past 45 deg, the corners of the wing will get in the way. You can move the saw forward, but that limits width of support that your wings provide. You'll have to find the best compromise for you.
 

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Nice station. I have somthing like this but not this nice. Mine is about due a makeover….you might have just inspired me. Thanks for posting.
 

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I don't have enough experience with it to give a full review, but so far the Milwaukee is unbelievably awesome. Out of the box, it was ridiculously accurate. I tried cutting 2 90's off some straight scrap I had then placing the reference edge on my tablesaw table in a way that doubles the error from 90. I got absolutely no difference between the two. The bevel angle is just a hair off of perfect. The tricky part is you need a T25 screwdriver to loosen the screws for adjusting the bevel.

The best part is that its going for $450 at HD. $50 cheaper than the non sliding version!!!
The digital readout of the miter angle coupled w/ the micro adjust seems really useful since it pretty accurate down to 0.1 degree.

Cons:
-The dust port is rectangular so if you want to hookup a shopvac you either need to buy their adapter or fashion your own. Dust collection wasn't that great w/o a vac attached. I still need to create an adapter so I don't know how much it will improve.
-Right side fence does not slide. It appears you can grind off some aluminum to make it slide, but I usually hold off on major mods till after the 90 day return policy.

Overall:
Its still a bit early to tell, but at this price, for this precision I don't think there is a better deal out there.
 

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Well thought out elements. Nice job! I got the stand and hope you don't mind me pilfering you wing ideas.
 

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Sarit - thanks for the feedback on the saw. Very helpful. Does the saw have a laser or actual sawblade cutline accurate enough to use for setting the cut? The online description says the cutline is illuminated from both sides, but doesn't say if creates an actual precise cutline shadow, like the Dewalt. Thanks again, great info, and great Miter saw station!
 

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There is no laser. The lights do project a shadow, but it starts out wide and gets narrower as the blade is lowered so I doubt that would be useful for seeing your cutline.
That is a good point you brought up. I never used a laser before so I that didn't even occur to me.
 
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