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Blog entry by cbfodalo posted 03-15-2014 12:19 AM 1080 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hitachi 12CMS on DWX723 stand with extra wide supports; This saw and stand combo is working well for me. I use the stock material supports and stops as well as the wider support / stops. Works really well when working with 20’ stock, I used it extensively this summer to cut 18’ – 20’ ipe lengths, stand is very sturdy, my only complaint is really with the stock supports / stops. I find that repeat cuts with the stock stops are not all that accurate, the tension thumbscrews and bolts holding the stops change position every so slightly when you tighten them. So I wonder, has anyone built portable extension wings to attach to the stock stops? I am thinking of at most 4-6’ extensions on each side. The idea would be to build this so it breaks down flat for transport, but sets up easily. My goal is to either buy the kreg precision track with stops, or build my own setup. bottom line, I do not want to have to use the tape and pencil for every single cut. The real problem I see is deciding what length to make the wings…..
typically most door and window trim is less then 90”, but having an 8’ wing on both sides might just be crazy…. to heavy and too big to fit on 1/2 the job sites…. Anyone build one for field work yet?

I figure I will use the two wide supports I bought to hold far end of extension, and short stock stops to extend further out. perhaps 8’ to right and 4’ to left of blade, I can still extend both extension arms fully, I guess mdf table, and fence, with t-track and tape rule with some sort of stop on top of fence. Ideas.

-- Healthy Homes, NJ LLC



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#1 posted 03-15-2014 12:27 AM

That is a great amount of space and I think wold be useful for long runs around ceilings and railings

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 01:59 AM

I have been looking into this, the only problem I forsee is I am too cheap to buy the Kreg top track and stops…. once I find a cheaper solution I will do it. I decided that 8’ on each end will work, I will rip a piece of 12” or 10” melamine using about 3” for fence and the rest for flat. I will screw melamine down to stock dewalt supports. this wil give me full 16’ of support, and I can just use 1 side if the job site is too small to justify whole setup. makes no sense if I cannot at least cut the legs of a std door.

-- Healthy Homes, NJ LLC

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 09:27 PM

Ok, so I built the wings today. I used a 11.25” melamine board, 3/4”. I ripped 3” off back and pined to back of wing for a 2.25” high fence. , then I screwed it together with 2.5” stainless screws. I clamped my 6’ level to the miter saw fence, then screwed new extension to factory stock supports. it is level with miter saw and square. each wing measure 88” from blade. I wanted to do the full 8’ on each side, but it got ridiculously long… next I want to find a t track and stop system with rule for both side extensions. I am trying to do this on the cheap….

-- Healthy Homes, NJ LLC

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