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Scallywags

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03-06-2021 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw station miter saw build advice

Hey, just got a Kapex and I would like a better miter station than the Rigid MSUV I’ve been using so I’m thinking of building this miter station in photos below. What do you think? Where did I mess up? What will I regret later?

Some things you should know first:

1. I have 80 inches of width and up to 30 inches of depth to work with, but the less depth I have to use the better. One side of my shop is a garage door that I can open.

2. Due to restrictions in item #1, I need the station to be mobile. When I need to chop longer stock the plan is to roll the station forward a few inches which will clear the garage door track then setup a temporary support.

Some questions I have already:

1. Should I offset the saw so I have more capacity on one side? Right now it’s centered with about 29” on each side.

2. Should I fill in those cubbies with drawers? I thought maybe leave a few of them open for scrap cut off storage.

-- You can trust me, I have a festool sander and a woodpecker ruler.


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pottz

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#1 posted 03-06-2021 08:58 PM

id leave more space on the left side,and yeah why not fill those cubbies with drawers,you can never have to much storage.here is what i did.
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-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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CWWoodworking

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#2 posted 03-06-2021 09:01 PM

I would definitely offset it. 29” isn’t long enough. I would add a fence stop system. I have kregs. It works great. I like to have at least 70” on one side.

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Bstrom

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#3 posted 03-06-2021 10:48 PM



I would definitely offset it. 29” isn’t long enough. I would add a fence stop system. I have kregs. It works great. I like to have at least 70” on one side.

- CWWoodworking


+1 on that. You can always add a simple stand to hold pieces on the right side if needed.Just be as fanatically accurate with your bench lining up with the saw base as possible.

-- Bstrom

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#4 posted 03-06-2021 10:52 PM

That saw is dusty, I vote drawers over cubbies.

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CWWoodworking

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#5 posted 03-06-2021 10:57 PM



That saw is dusty, I vote drawers over cubbies.

- controlfreak

Recently redid my miter saw station. First one had cubbies, next one I dropped the saw down. I’m kinda glad the cubbies are gone. They were like little dust collectors.

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987Ron

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#6 posted 03-07-2021 02:45 AM

How about having the top slide out from the bottom. Base solid to the floor. Mine is that way to clear other tools when longer boards are cut. When pulled out, wings attached for support if necessary maybe.

-- Ron

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CWWoodworking

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#7 posted 03-07-2021 03:01 AM

I looked at your drawings again. You need some type of support in the middle. At 80”, it will sag the way you have it.

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#8 posted 03-07-2021 03:02 AM



I looked at your drawings again. You need some type of support in the middle. At 80”, it will sag the way you have it.

- CWWoodworking


great point cww,i totally agree.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 03-07-2021 03:17 AM

The dead space behind the fence is a collection point for you know it, dust and debris. Fill that with longer drawers and storage space.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 03-07-2021 03:27 AM

Unless there is some reason to hold the fence so far from the saw, I would run the Kreg top track right near the saw. Leave 4’ on the left and 2’ on the right.

Also, make the height of the support tables adjustable. That way you can dial in a flat, even surface on both sides of the blade.

Best of luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 03-07-2021 03:35 AM



The dead space behind the fence is a collection point for you know it, dust and debris. Fill that with longer drawers and storage space.

- woodbutcherbynight

Maybe a mini frig for beer.

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#12 posted 03-07-2021 03:52 AM


The dead space behind the fence is a collection point for you know it, dust and debris. Fill that with longer drawers and storage space.

- woodbutcherbynight

Maybe a mini frig for beer.

- CWWoodworking


there is no “mini” in my shop buddy!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 03-07-2021 05:14 AM


Maybe a mini frig for beer.

- CWWoodworking

got it covered

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Scallywags

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#14 posted 03-07-2021 03:44 PM

All excellent advice and confirms some suspicions I was having.

I will definitely offset.

Great point on center support.

I do plan to have a stop etc just didn’t feel like making all that detail in SketchUp.

I will also go full depth on top to eliminate place for schmutz to collect.

-- You can trust me, I have a festool sander and a woodpecker ruler.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 03-07-2021 04:36 PM

I do plan to have a stop etc just didn’t feel like making all that detail in SketchUp.

- Scallywags

Depth stop doesn’t have to be overly complicated.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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