Multi-purpose cutting station with miter saw and radial arm saw

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Project by thedudeabides posted 11-04-2009 01:58 AM 10150 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently upgraded my miter table to make an all-purpose cutting station. Here is a budget-friendly cutting station with the following:

Used 10-inch Ridgid compound miter saw from craigslist: $75
Used 12-inch Craftsman radial arm saw from craigslist: $50
New Kreg Precision Trak with stop from Amazon: $100
New 12-inch Freud Diablo blade for RAS from Amazon: $35
Wood, glue, and screws: approx $25
Time to build, approximately 4-5 hours.

For $285 this is a solid, easy to build cutting station that allows you to make just about any cut, including dados and compound miters. It won’t win any workbench awards, but it’s very sturdy and I’m pleased with the usability of the bench. It’s approximately 11 feet long.

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 02:30 AM

Hey dude: Very nice work table, and lots of good length. It should serve you well, and do everything you need to do on it. I made a work bench for my RAS and cross-cut saw a few years back, and I use it all the time. You’ll wonder why you didn’t build it a long time a go

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 02:35 AM

Nice job should be a long term Inprovement

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 04:16 AM

Nice job.

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 05:33 AM

Jolly good show. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 11-04-2009 06:03 AM

Very nice use of your shop acreage : )

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#6 posted 11-04-2009 11:38 AM

Hey Dude,
Good investments all round…good job.

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#7 posted 11-04-2009 04:44 PM

Good show! Sure would be nice to have a bench that size…..but alas… space is limited. Drat it!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 11-04-2009 05:23 PM

Looks good. Now build some rolling work stations and storage for underneath. You’ll have enough storage for 3 shops!

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#9 posted 11-05-2009 12:19 AM

Nice build, going into favorites for later idea stealing. Have had an old radial arm around for several years and have not had a place to set it up. This will do great especially in combo with the chop saw. Thanks, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 11-05-2009 12:25 AM

great idea ,

and as cory says ,
get some roll outs under it ,
or some drawers .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 11-28-2009 05:45 AM

Looks great, I need to do something similar for my own RAS and miter saws. I love having both, especially when I have a project requiring multiple cuts with multiple angles. Set the both up and cut away!

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#12 posted 01-20-2010 05:16 AM

I like it!

-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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