Miter Saw Station

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Project by jtriggs posted 05-12-2010 06:02 AM 9000 views 31 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long story shortened a little, I recently lost the use of my neighbor’s Bosch SCMS. He kept it in my shop for 3 years before he ended up taking it back for a project and as I figured it has found it’s permanent home in his basement. I missed that saw!! So I bought a new Jet SCMS and I’d been wanting to build a portable saw station for the miter saw and bought some plans from A few nights later I had the thing pretty much built. I bought some nice Rockler locking casters on sale and love how the thing rolls around the shop.

I bought a new Freud blade to replace the really bad blade that came on the saw and it works great. I’ll have to write a review on the saw station plans and on the saw after a get a few more miles under my belt with it. So far so good!

Thanks for looking.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 06:24 AM

This looks great. I am looking at plans on designing and building my own Miter Saw stand. I am about 6 feet tall and I was think of a stand that is 42 ” tall. That way the “wings” can be “at least” 36” long.

Total length of supported stock would be 96” or 8 feet.

My concern is the “stability” of the stand.

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 06:32 AM

I like the stand. I will be interested to see how you like the saw. I have a 10” Craftsman that is the EXACT same as the Jet. The Craftsman saw has been out for a few years and jet recently re-badged the same saw as their own. I have not been at all ahppy with mine. The fence will not stay in adjustment and is not even close to 90 degrees to the table. Good luck with it and I sure hope you have better luck with the saw than I have had. My review of the saw is here

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 10:38 AM

Love this miter saw table how can I get plans for this great job.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#4 posted 05-12-2010 11:35 AM

Nice work, great stand with the folding extensions.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 04:46 PM

i didn’t know jet made a scms. the rolling cabinets looks good. i like this idea a lot. the folding wings can really save some space. i also have limited space in my basement, and i was going to dedicate one area against the wall for the scms, but with this cabinet, i can put another bench there. Good job to you !

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 05:30 PM

Yes I think its one of the better one out there. I just found a portable one that the sides go inside the base and makes it good for storing till you need it.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 01:35 AM

Great job!!! This is on my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 01:49 AM

Thats one great miter saw set up.

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 02:06 AM

Nice set-up! Gives me some ideas. Wouldn’t the open front collect a lot of sawdust or do you have a good DC?

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 02:23 AM

Looking at plans for one like this that needs 5/16×1 1/2” and 5/16×2 1/4” knobs to hold stock to fence and so on I live in Canada and would like to know a place that has most of the hardwear that is needed for home DIY woodworking.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#11 posted 05-14-2010 03:04 AM

I built the same saw station a couple of years ago, I love it. It was fun to build and works like a charm. I added a plywood dust hood that is is attached to my dust collector, also works great. Nicely done.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#12 posted 05-14-2010 06:43 AM

Thanks for all the comments. One thing about this that I might changed is the stop block design. It has just a little flex to it so repeatability might suffer a little. I think I can use the lock down function that’s there and improve the stop block itself.

Another change I made was to build it using Kreg pocket screws and not so many dadoes. It is very strong and the construction goes so much faster.

One warning on the plans; I miscut the tapered support wings that flip up. The drawings did not make it clear that you taper both the front and back edges to the reach the required width. I cut all of the taper out of the front before realizing later that this wasn’t right. Something to keep in mind if you decide to build it. Otherwise it was a fun project.

Knothead: I’m sure it will get dusty in there but most of the chips fly back so I may take douglbe’s idea and attach a hood behind it to catch the majority of it.

Douglbe: post a photo of your dust hood sometime. I’d like to see how you did that.

I’m 6’1” and I like having this up a little higher than the plans call for. The larger casters did the trick just fine.

The width of the support racks is almost 7 or 8 feet. Plenty wide for the stuff I cut.

Where were you guys when I was asking for advise on buying or not buying the Jet SCMS. I found only one review of the product after searching for days. It was favorable but probably written by Jet themselves.

Well, I own it now and I’ll make the best of it. I’ll do a review down the road a little.

One more thing, the original plans came from ShopNotes #31 in case you have that issue.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 12:42 AM

I’m in!

I just downloaded your plan from Plansnow and it’s printing as I write this. It’s just what I have been looking for.

I use my miter saw a lot, but my shop is too small to dedicate a bench for it. Using your plan I can use the shelves for storing tools and materials, and fold it out of the way when I don’t need it.

Thanks for the post.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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