Miter station conundrum

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Forum topic by Pecker_wood posted 02-28-2021 06:23 PM 309 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2021 06:23 PM

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Hey all, I’m a long time reader of the forum for answers to small problems I have run into but I finally came acro something that I can’t find answers to. I am in the military so I have to reset my garage shop every 4 years or so. This go I am putting in a full miter station in along the left wall looking in with my dust collector on the wall at the end.
I am very limited to length on both sides so I would really like to install the cabinets further way from the wall to give me unlimited length to the left of the blade (would allow clearance outside of garage door). I also plan on putting my router top to the left of the miter saw to be able to use the clearance as well. But if I do this it will leave about 22” of dead space along the wall behind the cabinets which in the grand scheme is a lot of square footage. I would build the worktop all the way to the wall unless I can find good use for the space.
So in short I’m looking for idea on what I could use that space for? Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 07:16 PM

What are the dimensions of the space you have? The only thing that comes to mind, for your situation, is to make the miter station mobile. My shop is narrow, 17’ wide. I put my miter station on one wall, it also incorporates my router table. At 21’ long it allows me to work with long lumber. I put shelves underneath and my tool wall above the counter.
Thank you, from a vet.

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 10:00 PM

I’ve been thinking about something similar I have for a spot in my shop, dead space that isn’t easily accessed, but no one wants to just “write it off” as not being usable. For me, in my 12×24 shop, I have my table saw pretty much in the center, not enough room to fully utilize a set of 50” rails for the saw, so I have 30” of cross cut capacity, but I end up with about your same 22” of dead space on the right wall of the shop. I don’t want anything stacked up there, don’t want to interfere with either the table saw use, nor the miter saw or router table that are on that right hand wall, so I’ve been thinking about engineering some sort of hydraulic lift system so I could have storage for a few heavy items like seldom used parts bins that would store underneath a shelf or table top, then when wanting access, having a lift system that would bring up the 30” or so long unit that would be loaded with small parts bins, after accessing them, they then would lower back down into a storage mode. Not sure how to achieve this just yet, throwing it out there for the much more mechanically inclined to offer suggestions. Hopefully, you will get some good suggestions that I can incorporate as well, good luck.

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 12:49 AM

Put the whole cabinet on wheels and pull it out when in use.

I usually batch cut all the cross cuts anyway so once your done, roll it back.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 01:37 AM

I was thinking of making the sections mobile by putting cam actuated wheels underneath and using the 22×34” x 13’ section for some type of storage. When I need something (maybe cutoffs) then I pull the handle to extend the wheels, pull out, get and push back. Not sure if it’s worth it but man I hate not using space to the max. Thanks for the suggestions, keep em coming!

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 01:39 AM

Bob, that’s a good looking shop! You know a man means business with the quality of tools in that one picture!

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