The Mitersaw Bench #1: The design

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Blog entry by chazmonro posted 03-20-2008 05:18 AM 1046 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so after too many years cutting on the floor of my shop, I’m finally going to build a bench for my sliding miter saw. Over the years I’ve had a few ideas, but I never sat down and drew out exactly what I wanted, so now I took the time to throw my idea together on sketchup, and after some fine suggestions in the forums I’ve come to this final design. Let me know what you think?

the final design

My shop has the perfect spot for this bench, a spot with a recess in the wall at just the right height… I’ve already plumbed the dust collection to this spot. All the dust gates will be below the saw in the opening between the cabinets.

Here are some pics of the space want to put the bench.
Duct and Collector

This keeps all my dust collection on one wall… there is a flexible hose that runs across the floor to the saw just like in Norms shop.
Dust Ports

Here is a close up of the port that will sit right blow the saw. I don’t know how well this will work though because the saw throws dust everywhere, but I hope it will work marginally better than blowing dust all over the floor all the time.
saw dust port

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 05:26 AM

This should be an interesting project to follow.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 05:58 AM

This will be interesting to follow! Hope to get some ideas for that 10” slider I just had to have.
“I promise honey, it wont be in the way”

-- Tim, Missouri

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 07:24 AM

You are very lucky to have that recess in the wall in the right spot. I struggled with a design that would let me put my slider against the wall, but never came up with a solution. I guess I’ll just have mine on a mobile cart.

My saw is a 12” sliding Dewalt. It measures 44” from farthest back to farthest forward handle. That is just too wide for a bench.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 07:25 AM

Going to be a very nice bench!!
checkout wood in the project plans , they have a mitersaw dust collection frame. I tried it it works very well to capture 75% or more of the dust&chips that the mitersaw will not throw into the dc chute. Good luck.

-- Pretzel L8agn

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 07:32 AM

That is a great design – so far. The “Big Gulp” catcher that you have for your saw will function much better from the top. I think that some of the dust will get into it. Have you thought about building some sort of box from the saw’s output port to the Big Gulp? That would force pretty much all of the dust into the DC system and not all around the shop. Just a suggestion.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 11:38 AM


This is going to be an interesting build. I will be following your posts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 02:40 PM

I would like to build one of these and will be watching this as you progress.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 02:59 PM

Chaz, looking forward to seeing more as this progresses.

Pretzel, thanks for the tip on the mitrsaw dust frame. I’m going to try this. It might even work on the lathe too!

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 07:09 PM

I was going to buy Norm’s plans but I think I ‘lll just watch your post.
Oh yeah Kreg makes a great measuring system for cut off stations

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 07:34 PM

Great post!!! I think you have the right idea with your Big Gulp catcher. it seems to me that a bunch of dust seems to fall “out the Bottom” of the saw. Imagine you are going to put a hole in the surface of the stand the size of the big gulp, that’s what I plan doing with my bench.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 08:39 PM

DocK, I actually have the plan and the video somewhere… but honestly I’ve watched it enough times that I pretty much know in my head how it all went together, so this one I am building from scratch. I will take photos and on occasion throw up some sizes for you guys, though I am building it to fit my space specifically, so its probably going to sit a bit high, but its going to be sweet when its done.

Also I will look into the kreg measuring system, the Incra one is sweet, and it would work with my incra stop that I already have, but its a bit pricy, and I would like to keep costs down if I could…

The big gulp will be screwed to the base the saw will sit on, and I will cut the opening to be about the same size as the gulper. Though I don’t know how well it will work, I may have to build a box over the saw at some point.

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#12 posted 03-21-2008 01:51 PM

Looking forward to seeing this project progress – GOOD Luck !

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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