With the basic components of the miter saw station complete, I turned to the installation of the fences and the Kreg Precision Measuring System. Rockler had their 20% Off sale so I snatched it off the shelf!
The installation instructions specify the top track be mounted on a fence that is 2 1/4 inches high. So, I made a couple out of some maple I had on hand.
I used pocket hole construction to attach the two boards together to form an “L”.
Top Trak installed and ready for the tape to be installed.
This pic show how the track is attached to the fence with screws provided in the kit.
Part of my original plan was to build this miter saw station so it could be used for other things also. With that in mind, I decided to attach the fence to the table with 1/4 inch bolts and brass inserts set in the table.
I used a straight edge to line up the fence, then drilled two 1/4 inch holes through the fence and just far enough in to the table to mark it. Then I switched drill bits and drilled the hole in the table for the insert.
To install the brass insert, I used a bolt with a couple of nuts and a washer to help guide the insert into the plywood table top. This worked pretty good…at least the second time around. I discovered that I needed to lock the nuts on the threads so I would have room to back them off. The first time I locked them at the end of the threads and couldn’t loosen the nuts. The installation went smoothly after that. I used a wrench and slowly turned the bolt to drive the insert into the table top.
Here is a pic of the fence attached and ready to go.
The Swing stop and production stop ready for action.
The production stop has dual cursors so it can be used on either side of the saw.
To install the measuring tapes, a board cut to exactly 24 inches is used to help position the tape. The tape has to be installed with an offset so the cursor can be used to line up the mark correctly. Whew! My head went round and round with this part of the installation but I finally got it right.
The Swing Stop has only one cursor so I set it up for the left side. If desired, you can swap to the right side by re-configuring how the stop is put together and switch the cursor to the left side.
A quick check and some slight tweaking of the cursor and I had the Swing Stop right on the money.
NOTE: Before buying the Kreg trak system, I had watched the various videos but didn’t realize the Swing Stop could only be used on one side of the saw or the other. That is if you are using the measuring tape to set the stop. The problem is there is only room for one cursor so you have to decide which side to set it up for. I have since ordered a second Swing Stop so I can use it on the right side of my saw.
First use of the Kreg System was to cut the face frames for the cabinets. That was a quick and smooth operation.
I mentioned earlier that I want to use the table for other things…like my pocket hole jig. :-)
My next entry will cover building and installing the drawers for the miter station. The paint is drying as I type. :-)
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas