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Blog entry by AJswoodshop posted 05-07-2012 02:27 PM 1584 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use my miter saw quite a bit. But its on a rolling table so when I cut 8 foot long boards its unstable. Im looking to make a table that has a bed so I can drop down long boards on it. My table cant be any longer than 5 feet since I have a small shop. If you have any photos send them to me so I can get some ideas.


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#1 posted 05-07-2012 02:49 PM

Hey AJ. Do a search here on LJs. There are literally hundreds of examples. I am sure you can find one that fits your needs

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 07:05 PM

I saw a good example across a parking lot one day, and I have been thinking about making one for myself. Its not a great picture, but it will give you some idea for a direction. You could even put collapsible wings on it.

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 05:28 AM

My 12” is used a lot too and I often have 8 foot or longer boards to cut down to size. I went from a stand alone table to one I built on a long workbench that was against the wall. Right now I’m pondering making another moveable freestanding bench with limited length wings (to save room in the shop), maybe three feet on each side then using my portable roller stands to work with lengths. I’ve found through the years of using it that the left side really needs the bulk of the support usually as the left is the ‘good’ side of the wood, or the wood that you are cutting to size. The right side, even if long is usually the ‘waste’ end so it can be supported but not as critically.
The biggest issue for me is dust collection. Miter saws are notorious for trying to get that right. So difficult. I’ve tried a few things and will narrow it down to one that I think might work the best. It will require a free standing table for it though.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 12:05 PM

My next tool purchase is going to be a sliding miter saw. I was looking at them yesterday at Home Depot and the portable stands made from aluminum extrusions for $200 didn’t look like they would be hard to duplicate using 2×4’s to make a big sawhorse type stand. The movable brackets the saw bolts to, could also be made from 2×4’s. I’ve got a couple of extra adjustable roller stands that I could use the roller parts to make adjustable extensions, like the ones on display. I’ve got everything on hand to build a stand and I’m watching Craig’s List for someone to sell a good sliding miter saw for a low price!!!!!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 02:39 PM

Mikema! Thats what im looking for.Thanks for the photo!


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#6 posted 07-19-2012 11:33 PM

HalD, I usually use my right hand to make the cut, using my left to hold stock. The full board starting on the left, are you left-handed? My stock stop is on the left.

Oops, re read the post, never mind.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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