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Miter Saw Station the Sequel

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Project by Chuck McIntyre posted 08-17-2015 10:11 PM 1607 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall I built a miter saw station. It featured the ability to drop the miter saw down using a cleat system and put a removable work surface over the entire cabinet so that it could pull double duty. While a great theoretical idea, it did not work out so well in reality. Everything functioned perfectly but I severely underestimated how much I would be using the miter saw. The removable work surface mostly sat off to the side unused while the miter saw sat in it’s place. Finally, I needed the bench space so badly that the miter saw ended up on a Workmate just like it had been in the old days! Grrrr. You can see a picture of this original setup in the last picture.

I decided to go away from the removable work surface idea and make it a dedicated miter station. I added a fence using the Kreg track system. It has been SO much more user-friendly. The removable work surface has been rebranded as a “portable” work surface and finds itself residing on a pair of sawhorses somewhere in the shop most of the time. As far as the Workmate goes, it is mostly being used as a finishing station right now.

Thanks for looking!

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.





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RustyHacksaw

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 11:49 AM

Looks well done, and very usefull. good job.

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ykkzipper

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 05:53 PM

I need to make one of these. Looks great!

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Chuck McIntyre

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 06:32 AM

Thank you very much for the comments. It sure beats the heck out of “line it up, measure, check your alignment, measure again, cross your fingers, cut, measure again, how could that have possibly come out 1/8” short?”. Can’t really say I miss those days!

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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fivecodys

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 10:02 PM

Very nice.
I would love to have a dedicated space like that.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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vernonator

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 08:06 PM

That looks good – how are you attaching the fence to the table top? It looks removable? I have a bank of cabinets that I would like to do this too and be able to put/take the track when not in use.

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Chuck McIntyre

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 01:21 PM

Vernon,

In the 4th picture you can see a hold down knob on each end. I drilled the holes in the fence base and then used a laser to line everything up square. Used a sharpie to mark where the fence holes were on the work surface. Drilled the holes in each end of the work surface. Put t-nuts in each hole and screwed it down. The whole thing took about an hour to put together. Very simple and allowa you do do exactly what you want to do. Good luck!

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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