Miter Saw / Multi Use Station #1: Planning

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Blog entry by izod posted 03-13-2013 06:03 PM 2672 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In High School we had a nice long bench in the back with a radial arm saw and I remember how convenient it was to have it when making long board cross cuts and having a block stop on the fence for multiple perfect cuts. Ever since then I’ve wanted to have something like this in my shop. Currently My saw has been sitting on my great grand father’s custom made steel bench from his jointer and shaper. Then if I need to cut a long board i have to set up a roller support bar which is very clunky and needs to go! This is the third winter in the new house, and i’m now starting to get a great vision in my head on how i want to lay out my shop! I’m extremely excited, just now need the time and money!

I’ve noticed that most miter stations out there are custom built and that would be ideal since i can make them to the exact height and style that i want. With the two little rug rats i have to make the most of my time in the shop and that’s usually after they go to bed. I am very fortunate though, the Mayo Clinic gives all of the old furniture and cabinets to the local salvation army after remodels, and on top of that Mayo employees get a good discount on those items. I picked up these two cabinets for $20 a piece and they are still in great shape. The red cart in between the cabinets was put there for a visual reference for the mounting of the saw, but then realized that it would be a perfect storage location for it! I’m planning on building the table top to be around 40 inches off the ground, and that should fit just perfect. The left side of the table will be longer than the right side since i’m more comfortable making my cuts to the right of the line.

There are still some things that i’m trying to decide on before i build the table top. The Miter saw i own right now is just a fixed 10 inch blade, but I want to allow space for a sliding miter saw or possibly a radial arm saw in the future. With that thought I don’t want to commit to a permanently mounted fence. Also having a fence that could move would allow utilization of the full depth of the counter top for project assembly. Other ideas that i saw were people using their benches for use with the Kreg pocket hole jigs or mortising machine. I don’t own those items yet but my dad does and i can take/borrow them whenever i need.

Dust collection is another thing i’m thinking about. Ignore the current location of the collection piping in the picture. With my planTte depth of the counter top will allow me to pull the cabinets away from the wall about 4-5 inches, so i will be able to take the duct work and come up from the bottom of the saw in the back and have a type of hood to catch the shavings.

Over all I like versatility with anything i buy or build.

I’m drawing up my design With Visio and I will share them later on.

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 07:07 PM

I have a couple of thoughts to share.
1) If you attach casters (or a mobile base) to the miter saw cabinet, you could move it forward or backward as needed.

2) Take a look at my Kreg pocket hole jig sled. It works great and hangs on the wall out of the way until I need it. I clamp it to the work bench and hook up the vac to it and get after it.

Good luck with your build.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 08:45 PM

I did think about using casters and making it mobile… however i think especially once i get the counter top on, it will be way too heavy to roll anywhere. Also this setup is over the floor seam and the slabs have settled slightly. I was planning on going with four adjustable feet so i can insure that it stays nice and level all the way across.

I like that idea for the kreg sled. I’m sure i’ll have some great wall space along that wall once i move the dust collection duct work up to the corner of the ceiling.

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 09:27 PM

My Grizzly table saw is mounted on a Shop Fox mobile base. It weighs about 500 pounds. I can move it around with no problem. :-)

And I have my planer (80#) and oscillating sander (#35-40) mounted on a flip cart with 3 inch Harbor Freight casters. I move it with no problem. So what I am saying is build your cabinet independent from the rest of your cabinets. That way you can move it if you replace your current miter saw or need to get to the back of it. I think you would be happy with a set up like that.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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