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Miter Saw Station #3: Counter Tops

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 03-04-2014 01:58 PM 1356 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Shelf Part 3 of Miter Saw Station series Part 4: The Fence System »

As noted in my previous post, the counter tops consist of a layer of MDF topped off with phenolic plywood. T-track runs the length of the countertop and is the means by which the fence system will be held in place. I purchased Woodpecker’s DP (dual purpose) track. The underside has a single centered t-slot that accepts ¼ inch hex bolts. Rather than rout the channel for the t-track, I cut the phenolic ply to fit around the track. Since the track is only ½ inch thick, you have to add a spacer to bring it to counter top level. Here’s a photo to show what I have described (minus the spacer).

With the saw sitting on the installed shelf in the approximate location it will sit, I placed a straight edge against the saw’s fence and extended it over the counter top and made a mark. That is exactly where the front edge of the track must fall. I continued taking precise measurements and then cut the rear pieces of phenolic ply to size. I attached these pieces to the MDF using hot melt glue to hold them in place so I could turn them over and nail them from below. Next, I glued and nailed the spacer for under the t-track alongside the rear phenolic ply. At this stage I placed the unit on top of the cabinet exactly where it would sit and drilled holes precisely where the ¼-20 hex bolts would go. I drilled through the spacer, the MDF and the cabinet tops. I placed bolts in the t-track, slid the t-track in place and assured a snug fit. Now I measured for the front pieces of phenolic ply, cut those and glued and nailed them just as I did the rear pieces. All that was left was to wrap the unit in solid maple and polyurethane the maple.

Next up: The fence system. Hint: Kreg does more than pocket hole jigs.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI



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Roger

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 02:02 PM

Very snazzy miter station Lenny

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 02:32 PM

now just wait here lenny…this is going to be some sort of new generation saw system, im running a simple star fleet command here and your going for light speed….lol…enjoy it, nothing like using a good tool with good accessories…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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goggy

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 03:54 PM

You’ll like the phenolic ply. I have it on my router table.

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Lenny

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 05:25 PM

Thanks guys. goggy, I’ve used the product once before on an auxiliary fence for my table saw. It’s wonderful stuff…slick and durable.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 10:24 PM

Very nice counter tops and Mitre saw work station, your doing an excellent job. Sure wish I could get phenolic ply here. I have enquired at all the hardware and wood suppliers and they look at me like I have two heads. Any wya that saw station is a great addition to the workshop. Thanks for posting.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Lenny

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 11:31 PM

Thanks Dave.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 11:36 PM

Great table top

-- Norman

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 01:03 AM

Could service as a pub as well ha ha, looking sharp!

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Lenny

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 02:51 AM

Thanks, Norman. Wilson, that’s a clever and devious idea!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 03-31-2014 01:55 PM

smooooooooth….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Lenny

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#11 posted 03-31-2014 03:07 PM

Thanks for the comments Matt.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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