Miter Saw Station

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Project by shopmania posted 11-19-2009 03:32 AM 11829 views 41 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing many examples on LJ’s, and since I bought my Kreg rail and stop measuring system months ago, I finally got around to building this work station. It is 3 separate cabinets, 2 36 w x 36h, and the other 4 1/2 in. lower to accommodate the miter saw so it is level with the other two. I tied the two tall cabinet together with another piece of 3/4 birch ply, so the top is seamless The cabinets aer all 3/4 birch, and the face frames and drawer fronts are solid 1 x oak, and the doors are 3/4 oak ply. The drawers are 1/2 ply. The cabinet are made with dadoed shelves and rabbeted top. Braces are put in with Kreg screws. I really like the measuring system, it is easy and very accurate, with the saw and fence both bolted/screwed down. This was my first time making full blown cabinets, and hanging cabinet doors. I decided to go simple with the doors, but I may make a rectangle pattern on the face with some molding to give it a raised panel look, and add some knobs. I put red oak veneer on the door edges.

Not sure how I want to finish it. Maybe a light stain, or maybe just some varnish or shellac. Sine it’s a work surface, any hints on what would be the most durable finish??

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 03:38 AM

shopmania, this miter saw station is awesome. I wish i had room for one. Looks liike you gave you self plenty of storage. Very nice work.

-- RKWoods

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 03:41 AM

very nice. wish I had one just like it.

-- F.Little

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:43 AM

Very nice work!

I’d highly recommend laminate for the counter top. Easy to clean, especially spills. I make all mine a light color (off white) because it reflects light and brightens up the shop. I can jot quick notes or measurements on it and clean them off merely by erasing. Just don’t get a pebbled surface, stay with smooth.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 04:16 AM

Great job.
You’ll sure get a lot of use out of that !

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 04:28 AM

I Thought a kitchen was posted by mistake, great saw station

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 04:33 AM

Great looking set up ! I like how the drawers extend all the way out too.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 04:35 AM

Very nice, I need to build myself a miter saw station, I think mine is going to have to be mobile though, due to my space restrictions in the shop.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 04:45 AM

Tim, this is a really nice miter saw station. I have often said that at one time I felt that shop furniture needed only to be functional. But I have had an epiphany of sorts and now believe that it can have both form and function, much as your does. You did a nice job on the cabinetry and it not only provides plenty of needed storage but it also gives you plenty of work surface in your shop.

If you are wanting to put a finish on it I would just go with poly. It will provide plenty of surface protection and enable wood to slide over the surface well. Of course, if you want a challenge, you could go with a laminate covering but poly will work just fine.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 05:00 AM

I like the doors just the way they are. Being flat like they are, they will be much easier to clean the dust off of the front and less likely to catch dust too.

Well done.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 05:11 AM

Thanks for all your nice comments. I like the idea of just putting poly on it. I would be concerned that putting laminate on it would add enough thickness to the top that it wold no longer be level with the table on the saw. How thick is the thinnest laminate I could use?

would poly be slicker that varnish? I’ve been told that spar varnish is harder b/c is is made for outdoor use. True? how about slickess?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 05:31 AM

Very nice. I love a tool made better.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 06:29 AM

Great job I hope to have one like it some day.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 09:19 AM

Tim, if you put the laminate under the saw as well as on the top they should stay level with each other. I used spar varnish on my smoker cart and it’s not all that slick.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 12:47 PM

Spar is not harder than poly. It does have uv inhibiting additives that are designed to help with sun bleaching.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 12:55 PM

Nice set up.

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