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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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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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I have two as well. Good setup.
 

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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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Nice work
 

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Well done, nice looking set-up
 

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

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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.

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macdo
 

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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.
 

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This is my miter saw and radial arm saw station…..it 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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Great design idea. From your experience with your first miter station, how long do the kreg screw hinges last?
 

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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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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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