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Miter Saw Station (Based on Jays Miter Saw Station)

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Project by trevor7428 posted 12-25-2015 07:23 AM 2911 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first main project ever. By “main” I mean, its not something I could throw away or take apart and be OK with (like pretty much everything was before this. This is my first cabinet/ drawer/ furniture build. (Or at least Its counts as furniture in my eyes)

I did purchases Jay Bates Miter Saw Station from his website. Mine is a modified version of his. I would’ve. Loved to build an exact copy of his, but unfortunately I don’t have long enough wall space as he does. Also, I have a little cuby area in back left corner of my garage. Which is where I keep my 21 gallon air compressor and an extra 10 gallon tank. (Connected to air compressor for a total of 31 gallons)

I thought this was the perfect spot for my air compressor since I ran piping going to 3 different auto-retractable air hoses (2 on ceiling, 1 on wall)

Anyways back to miter saw station lol. Since I had to work with different features in my garage I made a work surface on the left side, instead of adding more drawers like Jay Bates did. I desided this would be a good spot for my bench top drill press. Also, since I didn’t put drawers where my drill press is now. I saved a couple hundred bucks on plywood.

On the right side of the station. I put my Rigid Belt/ Spindle sander. If you couldn’t tell by the pictures I ran dust collection (Harbor Frieght Dust Collector, Behind the bottom Set of drawers going to miter saw and Rigid Belt/ Spindle sander.

The main issue is the dust collection for miter saw doesn’t work nearly good (not even close) as I though it would.

Any tips for dust collection behind miter saw would be a life savor. Currently there is a 4” dust port w/ dedicated blast gates for each tool dust collection.

Last but not least I finally got around to adding some pull out drawers for top cubby thing. There 15 inch deep and almost impossible to see what’s in back with out some kind of pull out system (as seen in picture above.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 03:02 PM

Nice work on that station.
Dust collection is nice but on a miter saw some of the chip always get away.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Chuck McIntyre

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 06:28 PM

Trevor,

As Jim mentioned, dust collection on a miter saw is a struggle. I have the same HF dust collector and am very happy with it. The best miter saw solution I have found is the Big Mouth from Rockler. It was about $30. Rockler also had a swivel-type clamp that I used to mount the Big Mouth. It allows you to swivel the Big Mouth to catch dust depending on the angle at which you are using your miter saw. I could have built something cheaper out of scrap but this seemed like a good, immediate solution. It works well but there is still some sweeping that needs to be done every once in a while. I have put a couple links below to those particular items. Good luck!

Chuck

http://www.rockler.com/tabletop-dust-fitting

http://www.rockler.com/universal-dust-port-bracket

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

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trevor7428

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 07:34 PM



Trevor,

As Jim mentioned, dust collection on a miter saw is a struggle. I have the same HF dust collector and am very happy with it. The best miter saw solution I have found is the Big Mouth from Rockler. It was about $30. Rockler also had a swivel-type clamp that I used to mount the Big Mouth. It allows you to swivel the Big Mouth to catch dust depending on the angle at which you are using your miter saw. I could have built something cheaper out of scrap but this seemed like a good, immediate solution. It works well but there is still some sweeping that needs to be done every once in a while. I have put a couple links below to those particular items. Good luck!

Chuck

http://www.rockler.com/tabletop-dust-fitting

http://www.rockler.com/universal-dust-port-bracket

- Chuck McIntyre

Thank you for reply. Will check out links appreciate it

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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bigfoot11

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 09:57 PM

Dust collection at the miter saw has more to do with the saw than anything. The Kobalt and Ridgid saws are notorious for having about 5% efficiency in catching dust. You can have a 5HP dust collector sitting directly behind the saw but if dust isn’t directed in the right direction, it simply will not work.

This video shows a fine example of how something simple can drastically improve the results
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_P0rwxR1Uo

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ScottWV

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 05:37 AM

Nice! This is exactly what I need to do. I would imagine I’m with the majority in that I do not have the space to make Jay’s full miter station!

How long did your shortened version end up being?

-- Woodworking beginner. I tend to over-think things.

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trevor7428

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 10:53 AM



Nice! This is exactly what I need to do. I would imagine I m with the majority in that I do not have the space to make Jay s full miter station!

How long did your shortened version end up being?

- ScottWV

12ft and about $200 to $250 cheaper w/ less plywood and drawer slides

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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JSB

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 07:17 PM

Very awesome Trevor. Lots to like about your mods. The pull out trays in the top cubbies makes it easier to get to stuff in the back. Nice incorporation of the other power tools as well.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com

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