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Miter Saw Station #4: The Fence System

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 03-05-2014 04:18 PM 1935 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Counter Tops Part 4 of Miter Saw Station series Part 5: Door, Drawers and Trays »

I opted for the Kreg Precision Trak and Stop System for my miter saw fence. I attended the New England Woodworking Show in January and Peachtree was selling the system at a discount that put the price lower than any I had seen so I bought it. When I opened it up the other day, there were no instructions inside. A call to Kreg customer service took care of that quickly. The tech apologized and then helped me navigate their website to find and print the instruction sheet. The system comes with 8 feet of track, in two feet lengths. It also has a flip stop, production stop and adhesive measuring tape, one left to right and one right to left. Although my counter top is 54 inches on each side, the fence is 48 inches to match the track. You have to make the height of the fence exactly 2-1/4 inches in order for the stops to work correctly. I made my fence from 3/4-inch Baltic birch. It’s simply two pieces joined at a right angle with glue and brads. I put two coats of polyurethane on it. I drilled holes in the horizontal leg for hex bolts that sit in the Woodpecker DP track to hold the fence in place with knobs. When I bought knobs for the fence, I purchased star knobs and they are too big. I have to swap them out for smaller ones. The track sits on top of the fence and is attached with supplied wood screws. You first have to drill the track. Kreg milled a score line along the back of the track as a drill guide. Once the track is attached, you place the fence exactly where it will sit and using a scrap board milled to exactly 24 inches long and 3 inches tall, you butt the board against the saw blade. Using an accurate square, you mark a line on the track. The cursor mark on the stops is offset by 3/8-inch. You align 24-3/8 inches on the tape measure with your pencil mark and adhere the tape the entire length of your fence. Fine adjustments can be made by moving the cursor slightly. Based on where my fence sits on the counter top, I can use the tape measure to about 66 inches. If I need to go beyond that, I can fit and cut up to 10 feet to the right of the blade and just under 7 feet to the left. These cuts will have to be measured with a hand held tape measure.

All that’s left is drawers and doors. I believe it will be awhile before the next post.

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



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ellen35

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 04:20 PM

Nice work, Lenny.
You are so neat!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 04:32 PM

That is really nice work. I’m really jealous of that saw, and the room you have for it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 04:32 PM

OK Lenny. If I keep looking at your post of this Great Miter Saw Station, I will be convinced to redo mine. This is Great! Have you had a chance to put it into use yet? Look forward to seeing it in person.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 06:11 PM

Real nice job, Lenny

Lee

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 07:56 PM

Thanks everyone. John, I have not used the station yet. I just installed the fence system yesterday. I have used the saw a several times. When you come east, bring some ten foot boards with you and we’ll cut them to size. I’m certain they’ll clear airport security with no problem.

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 09:26 PM

Even without the doors and drawers below, you’ve made a fine miter saw station Lenny! The final chapter will just be icing on the cake.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 09:39 PM

Thank you Lorna.

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

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 10:36 PM

Super nice setup Lenny.

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

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 11:11 PM

Thanks Roger.

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

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 11:30 AM

Nice Lenny.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 12:01 PM

Thank you CJ.

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

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#12 posted 03-07-2014 12:07 AM

Great job, I see where this would be a very useful system, appears pretty straight forward to install also

-- Norman

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#13 posted 03-07-2014 01:33 AM

Thank you Norm, and yes, Kreg put together a nice system.

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

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 12:54 PM

looks so professional!

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#15 posted 04-11-2014 07:21 PM

Beautiful! It looks more like a piece of furniture than a utility build. That should inspire you in the shop.
Great build.

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

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