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Project by Fiddy posted 02-03-2017 12:07 PM 3177 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys, as mentioned in my assembly/outfeed table posting, I had a miter station to get posted as well and here it is. Pretty straightforward – again this was one of those “must have” shop projects that needed to be completed before I did much of anything else. As most things just kind of built it as I went, but here are a few things I wanted; storage (when I started these projects I didn’t have a single drawer), portable (wanted to be able to reconfigure space down the road if I so chose to), production stops with ample surface support, some level of dust collection (probably need a shroud, or something as this just barley helps).

I ended up just building the cabinet base around the length of a sheet of plywood to maximize. Below the cabinet is same as the assembly table. I built a frame of 2×4’s that I dimensioned. My thought was to make the base as rigid as I could considering I was making it mobile and I want these to be around for year and years. I installed the wings with internal pocket screws so that I can adjust length; shorter, or longer (doubt it) if needed. Drawers are on full extension 24” slides from KV. Of course there’s the ambrosia maple/wormy that I mentioned in the assembly table project. I did make some simple handles for all of these with a chamfer on the router table. Might not sure in pics, but I run the same chamfer on the backs of the drawer fronts. Works nicely to always have a solid grab point.

The Kreg fence was the last thing I waited on, I’ve used it a lot already, makes repetitive cuts so easy. Can’t review the flip stop much, but I know folks claim some issues with tolerance over time, but the production stop is firm and seems like it will last a good time.

Dust collection is pretty obvious – ran to a tool outlet to kick on and off. Does it work, yes – does it work well, no. I can say it gets the majority of dust. I only saw this because of what I empty from the shop vac. I do get a considerable amount of dust behind the saw on the surfaces and in the close vicinity of the blade to the front. I believe this is mostly exaggerated when making a wide slide cut.

Overall very pleased and don’t think I’d change anything major with it. I’m sure I might have some different feedback over time. Thanks for checking it out, shoot me some feedback if you have any.

Thanks, guys!





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ScottM

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 12:54 PM

Pretty sweet. I look at this one like your outfeed table and think to myself, “what the hell was he thinking building that with ambrosia maple?”, but it does look awesome.

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Fiddy

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#2 posted 02-03-2017 01:03 PM

Thanks, Scott – I think the same and then remember I’m paying 30-40 cents less than the yard was selling poplar. Considering I built the table, miter station, planer stand and have 30 or so board foot left from the initial 100 hundred, I feel okay.

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mikeacg

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 01:21 PM

Beautiful wood! I have a saw table that I made out of some lab tables so it is nice and solid but I hadn’t seen the Kreg system before… I will be adding that soon!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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devann

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 02:18 PM

Nice build. It should serve you well. A really pretty miter saw setup. Have fun.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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david38

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 02:58 PM

nice job

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 04:16 PM

This is a fine miter saw base and will be a great addition to your shop.

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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-03-2017 06:20 PM

That’s awesome!

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EarlS

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 06:20 PM

Drawers and drawers of storage. I definitely need to start building some shop stations like this.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Bernard58

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 08:40 PM

Really beautiful (the outfield table as well). I love the Ambrosia maple. Almost too nice to be used as workshop station :-) ....
Thanks for sharing!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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Kelster58

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#10 posted 02-03-2017 08:59 PM

That is outstanding. Great job. I may have to build one of those….......Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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pottz

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#11 posted 02-03-2017 10:06 PM

nice addition to your out feed table,its so nice having a proper setup for making miter cuts and with a high quality table like that it will last you a lifetime.as far as using that beautiful maple why not it something you will use and see everytime your in the shop,and at that price no regrets.great job fiddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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MustacheMike

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 09:29 AM

Really nice!!!

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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Fiddy

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#13 posted 02-04-2017 10:47 AM

Thanks again, guys – appreciate the kind words. Overall I agree with the bonus of all of this storage and that’s what I set out to accomplish. I wanted organization to make future projects more enjoyable and obviously the needed functionality of both this and the outfeed table. Again on that maple, that’s exactly how I feel, Pottz. I want to have this for years and years so why not be inspired and enjoy the aesthetics as well. Thanks again, guys.

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Clem_in_GA

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#14 posted 02-05-2017 01:04 PM

Hello Fiddy;
Again, very nice. Would love to see a picture of the framework. Looking to build something similar for my miter saw and put my Grizzly (1985 vintage contractor style) on a table saw cabinet/station. Like most, I need them on “wheels” due to limited space and always having to move. (Garage based shop).

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Fiddy

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#15 posted 02-05-2017 09:06 PM

Hey Clem, thanks – looked but I didn’t snag a pic of the frame. It’s rather straightforward though. Initially was going to use half laps, but ended up just running longer pocket hole screws and glue. Dimensioned the 2X to make them easier to work with and true them up a bit. Cut my overall length and then I believe used 4 2X to run in between the lengths. From there I screwed in 3 set’s of casters (300lb rated) and after the assembly table was complete I think I needed most of what they could handle. Here’s a link to the casters most recently bought on Amazon and they’re great – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HZES2YO/ref=ohauidetailpageo05s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. After the frame is built it’s really just up to however you want to build a cabinet to set on it. Here’s a in between pic of the assembly table and miter station, don’t know if that helps you at all.

Hope that somewhat helps you – if not, let me know. Thanks, Clem.


Hello Fiddy;
Again, very nice. Would love to see a picture of the framework. Looking to build something similar for my miter saw and put my Grizzly (1985 vintage contractor style) on a table saw cabinet/station. Like most, I need them on “wheels” due to limited space and always having to move. (Garage based shop).

- CleminGA

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