Recently I decided that my existing miter saw station wasn’t ideal. It is a mobile station and is fairly stable given that it is light and easy to move. But, in truth I rarely, if ever, move it. So, the fact that it is mobile has meant very little. What has mattered is that it is small, too small. Cutting long pieces on it can be a bit of a headache. This was enough of a push to start a new project.
- Must have a large/long table surface
- Inset the miter saw so table top is flush
- Provide extra storage for the shop
- It must fit along an open wall in the shop
My miter saw, Milwaukee 6955-20, it pretty large and as such requires a fair amount of space. Because of this, I settled on a table depth of about 36”. With such a deep and large table surface it seemed a shame to not multi-purpose the project.
First, I looked at using the table as a secondary assembly station. For this I wanted a level and stiff surface. To accomplish these goals I decided to go with a torsion box design for the table tops. This was inspired by the assembly table design that the Wood Whisperer built a couple of years ago.
Second, I wanted to use this opportunity to build a new router station as well. Maybe, a miter / router station with torsion box top is a little overkill. But, it seemed like it would work.
Ok, enough intro, here is the initial design that I have put together:
These diagrams were put together with Google SketchUp. I am still tweaking the design and these images are missing the table fences.
The design as a whole is split into three main components: router table with torsion box surface, miter saw stand, and storage cabinet with torsion box surface. The torsion box surfaces are designed to sit flush with the top of the miter saw work surface.
As for materials, I am planning on building the cabinets that hold the tables with 3/4” ply. The torsion boxes will be MDF with a hardwood trim to help protect it from bumps. Finally, I was planning on putting a Formica layer on the top surfaces.
Currently, my plan is to finish up the details of the design and work on the actual project over the next few months. Any feedback is always welcome!
-- Pierre, Missouri