Miter saw bench

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Blog entry by dreadpirateeric posted 10-15-2010 10:42 PM 10522 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My miter saw station. The middle section might be versatile and house other tools that would benefit from a larger out-feed table.

Project Status: Lumber Purchased

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 10:58 PM

That’s pretty much how I plan to make mine, but I think I want to fully enclose the base cabinets. Miter saws make a lot of dust. And, it’s hard to catch it all. Up to now I have always set mine up on saw horses outside the garage for that very reason. Recently got a HF dust collector so now I think I can move it into the shop.

By the way, welcome to LJ.

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 12:20 AM


I am just a bit ahead of you on this project …. I have the left side built.

If I can share a few things I have stumbled on:

1) My station is being built against a basement wall, and screwed into it. Used a laser level to set the bench top, that worked well. The largest level I have is a 4 ft’er and over the 18 ft span, that would not have been good enough. (that’s 8’ on both wings, 2’ saw)

2) My depth on the left wing is 2’ so I can reach the peg board behind it easily. The right hand wing is 2.5’ deep because it will have attributes of the “new fangled workbench”.

3) Make sure you drop the saw portion enough …. it is easier to shim the saw up level then it is to shim it down.

4) Still worried about dust collection. With my DeWalt, not much clearance back there. By the way considering a cyclone .

Hopefully this weekend I will knock out the saw portion and the at least part of the right wing.

If anyone has more wisdom…please share…as this is my first post too.


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#3 posted 10-16-2010 12:47 AM

Eric, this looks like a pretty nice bench that you are planning. Leveling the miter saw platform to the basecounter top is a better option, in my opinion, than mounting it to the bench and building extension wings, as I have in my shop. Your method gives you full use of the bench when the saw is idle.

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 12:57 AM

Very good notes… I hadn’t measured for the dust collecting. When I get home from vacation I’m going to re-mesure.

I plan on having the drop section quite a bit lower and building different platforms that different tools are already mounted to for ‘quick switching’.

@CANDL what kind of “new fangled workbench” attributes? This sound very exciting.

I plan on also having a heavy work bench on casters that I can use with drawers and such. This will also be handy for using as out-feed for the table saw and possibly other tools (which is why I’m still debating on the drop section of the miter bench)

-- peace be with you. -E-

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 01:23 AM

Hmmm…looks familiar somehow….

You might consider turning your corner legs 90 degrees, so they don’t block as much of the lower shelf. Apart from that, I’d recommend getting your fence built and installed right away, then make it an ironclad rule that nothing gets set in front of it, so the benchtop doesn’t become storage space. I don’t have fences built yet, and I’m constantly having to move something out of the way to cut a long piece.

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 03:44 AM

Newfangled workbench from fine wood working …. there is a nice you tube vido too

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