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Forum topic by RichBolduc posted 02-20-2018 11:30 AM 829 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2018 11:30 AM

Question on a miter saw station…. I have 16’ of wall I’m going to convert in to one. I’m thinking a 4’ section to one side, then 4” for where the saw sits and then an 8’ section for the last side. With the saw centered in it’s section, this will give me 6’ to one side of the blade and 10’ to the other. Does this sound like the best setup for this or would I be better off doing 6’, 4’, 6’?

Thanks, Rich

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 11:44 AM

I have about 10’ to the one side of my blade and works well. Would 12’ be better, sure, but I also need room to the right. I built my saw cart on wheels. I did have to move it outside when I was working with 16’ decking pieces. Once in 10 years. I could have use a circular saw instead, but the miter saw was movable.

You can see my layout in my workshop photo. The work area is not that clear any more. Clutter cuts into my usable length more times than not.

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 01:39 PM

Is the wall in line with a doorway so you could bring longer materials in if you wanted?

I am struggling with the same decision. Ideally I would put 4’ from the blade on one side and leave the other side open to for long pieces, but workflow wise that would not be ideal in my shop. Putting the cutline dead center in the bench gives me the most flexibility for setting up repeated cuts that I would typically need while keeping everything in a more open area to move those materials to the tablesaw or workbench.

Think about how large of materials you expect to cut and how hard it will be to get them to and from the mitersaw when you are processing them.

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 01:57 PM

This is roughly what my shop is set up like. Doors might be off in location a little. I plan on storing my planer, air compressor and a 6’ tool chest under the miter station and maybe some sort of dust collection cart also. Eventually there will be a table saw in the center with an outfeed/assembly table (leaning towards the Grizzly G0833P) with router table in it. The wall with the water heater will have my jointer on wheels, a band saw on wheels and maybe some sanding station. On the right side, between the door and bottom wall a scroll saw in the corner and a drill press along with another tool chest…. I’m sure things will change though once I start building and getting more stuff in.

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 03:16 PM

You know you could make the cabinets and tops modular and if you find the layout you chose doesn’t work you still have the ability to rearrange the sections.

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 03:09 AM


In your 4’-4’-8’ configuration, a project piece whose final length is greater than 10’ would require an alternative method (from that of the mitre saw station) for crosscutting. This contrasts with the 6’-4’-6’ configuration where an alternative for crosscutting a project piece whose length exceeds 8’ would be required.

I have a radial arm saw set in the center section between two cabinets, right and left. This setup is similar to your 4’-4’-8’ configuration. The top extends 6’ to the motor side of the saw blade (right) and 11’ to the left. The 11’ length is on the non-motor side of the blade which makes accurate alignment to my marks easier.

In most cases (90% +), this arrangement works well for me. But when the final length of a project piece is greater than 6’, I am forced the make the cut on the 11’ side of the blade. Surprisingly this is not very often. It is also a problem for rough lumber that is greater than 11’ long. In this case, the longer board is rough cut so that accurate cuts can later be made. Since I rough cut lumber to approximate length before milling, the long board problem has not been an issue for me.

As an aside, I installed T-tracks in the surface of the top (right and left) that receive stops for repetitive cuts. Also the floor to cutting surface is 40” which is comfortable for me at my height.

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