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Project by JerryinCreek posted 12-23-2015 04:12 PM 4725 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I upgraded to a new Miter Saw I thought I should make a new home for it too. I saw a great build here on LJ by Brad posted 11/8/15, (see http://fixthisbuildthat.com/mobile-miter-saw-station/, and thought I’d modify it to meet my needs. His plan is spec’d for a Rigid saw with a vacuum mounted inside the cabinet.

I used the basic plans and happily went with the adjustable fences (vs fixed) as I think it would be tough to get the fences square to your saw without some adjustment. I hooked my new saw up to my DCS with a rubber plumbing fitting which worked out well. The new DeWalt DWS780 greatly out-performs my prior saw (DeWalt 708) in dust collection. I also added the doors on the bottom and a drawer up top with adjustable dividers. The doors are mortise and tenon joined. The Kreg Top Traks with tape measures and stops are a great add-on.

I am very happy with this new work station. I am able to easily handle long boards using the tapes and stops for accurate cuts. And, the fold-down wings maximize shop space. Love it!

Thanks for looking!!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."





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#1 posted 12-23-2015 04:46 PM

Very impresive and clean professional work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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fivecodys

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 04:56 PM

Nice Saw Station Jerry.
Your shop is beautiful! I love the floor!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 07:33 PM

Very nice. You really have peeked my interest in this one. I have been toying with making a station of some sort….....mainly for the repeatable cuts I often do with a miter saw. Plus working out of a garage, this would be a space saver. You have the experience and you don’t life to far from Waukesha….....what do you say about coming over on Christmas and building one with me?
Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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JerryinCreek

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 07:42 PM

Think Santa has other plans for me! :-)

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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fizch

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 09:37 PM

I think that link to the original project is bad. I keep getting a 404 when I click on it.

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JerryinCreek

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 09:57 PM

Don’t know why it brings you to their site and then gives you the error message. But, right under that message, click on “You can go to the Homepage.” When you do that you’ll see the plans for this project about half way down the page.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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fixthisbuildthat

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 10:30 PM

Jerry, what an awesome modification to my plans. You did an outstanding job! Way to go.

Brad

-- http://FixThisBuildThat.com - Projects, Plans, and Tools

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fixthisbuildthat

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 10:48 PM

Here is the correct link if Jerry has issues getting it to work

http://fixthisbuildthat.com/mobile-miter-saw-station/


I think that link to the original project is bad. I keep getting a 404 when I click on it.

- fizch

-- http://FixThisBuildThat.com - Projects, Plans, and Tools

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#9 posted 12-24-2015 01:58 PM

This is wonderful crosscut station. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 05-03-2016 04:21 AM

I made a similar workstation but I did not like the way the support arms nested when I folded it up. I like your setup much better. Since I dismantled the miter station to make our move and used the wings and support arms for other projects I will begin once again. This time following your lead. Good job! Did you consider making your fence with a long slot going lengthwise about 24” so you could extend the fence for long repeatable cuts? You wouldn’t have support beyond the arm but the Kreg stop would still work. Just thinking.

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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JerryinCreek

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#11 posted 05-03-2016 01:25 PM

Not real sure what you mean about “making your fence with a long slot going lengthwise about 24,” as each side extends 33 1/2”. Each side also has it’s own measuring tape and Kreg stop. The left allows measurable cuts up to 46” and the right up to 48”. So, I can make repeatable cuts from either side.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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Don10

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#12 posted 05-04-2016 05:40 AM

Instead of making the slots across the face of the fence for adjusting the fence face, cut them lengthwise about 14” . When you want to reach beyond 48” for a repeatable cut, loosen the knobs and pull the fence out another foot and tighten it down. You will either have to add 12” to your tape’s readout or measure from the blade for these extreme cuts. I gave up on the 24” slot but two 14” slots should work if you locate the anchor bolts all the way out in the slot when the fence is retracted and when the fence is fully extended the anchor bolts would be on the other end of the slot. A pen and a napkin would help here.

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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HitTheTwit

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#13 posted 01-01-2018 03:38 AM

Which dimensions did you end up having to change to fit the DWS780 from Brad’s original project? Width by an extra 1.5”?

And can you reach all miter angles without issue?

Great work, you are convincing me to add cabinet doors and maybe a drawer too. Looks great!

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JerryinCreek

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#14 posted 01-01-2018 04:28 AM

Don’t think I increased Brad’s dimensions, just replaced his width with what I thought I needed. So, the platform (top of my cabinet) is 26” wide. I did have to put 3/8” shims under my machine to adjust the height (apparently I can’t add) but it was no biggie.

I can hit the full 60 degrees swinging to the right, but only 50 degrees swinging left, but it works for me. Still love the build, just wish these saws weren’t such pigs. But I’ve researched them all and NONE of them have good dust collection.
Miter station photo 75EEC7D1-9E76-49B6-AD4D-F11A4C508062_zpsujsm7cfe.jpeg

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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HitTheTwit

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#15 posted 01-02-2018 03:21 AM

Thanks Jerry. Good to know on the dimensions…sounds like I’ll be following his dimensions exactly and should only need to adjust the width. Agreed on the dust collection…about the only worthwhile solution I found is to put a box shroud in place, but then it would be even bigger than it already is.

When you said 3/8” shims… mind confirming the distance from the top of the side down to the saw platform? I want to make sure everything will fit. And after that… time to shut up and build this bloody thing.

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