Compound Miter Saw Station

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Project by Dan posted 09-19-2010 07:56 PM 4599 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real project and I built it because I was having trouble making repeatable cuts for another smaller project. Its not perfect by any means but I think it turned out fairly well.

I used some plans off of the internet and modified them a bit to fit my taste. The project took me about a month because I could only work on it a few hours here and there. The entire project is made from red oak. The cabinet and wings are made from 3/4” plywood. I trimmed the cabinet out with 3/4” x 3/4” stock.

Since I do not have a planer or jointer I was basically forced to use what I could get from the local big name store.

The wings are each about 30” long and have some T-Track installed so that I can use a stop block. The whole thing is mounted on some 4” inch locking casters. All of the hinges were continuous that I cut to length using a hacksaw.

-- Will work for wood...

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 08:06 PM

A great project.
I could do with getting mine off the floor.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 08:42 PM

Great saw station you’ve created here.

Now it’ll only help you going forward on other projects.

I need to build one of these too. I don’t use my miter saw that often, but when I do, it’s down on the floor. This would help significantly, and with the fold-down wings, it wouldn’t take up much space. Besides, I need some more storage for finishing supplies, so the cabinet below would be a good spot for that stuff, along with the addition of a door maybe.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 10:02 PM

I can’t find a place for my sliding compound saw and I need those extensions.

I have the cart… all I need to do is modify it like yours with the wings. Roll it and store it.

I have similar no planer or jointer issues—and pick up polar or oak from the big box places. Then find that their lumber is not actually flat.

Excellent build. Thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 01:28 AM

That’s very nice. I like how you make it just the right size so it is easy to store when not in use.

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 01:35 AM

Really nice. I need to make myself one.

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 01:46 AM

Great miter saw station.

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#7 posted 09-20-2010 10:59 PM

Thank you everyone for the great comments. I did find that not having a jointer and planer caused a number of issues. It really does not take up much floor space. I am still debating about adding doors or drawers on the front. I will be adding a dust collection hood as soon as I figure out how I want to go about it.

A great feature I forgot to point out was that the saw sits on a piece of 3/4 plywood with 4 lag bolts located near the feet of the saw that can be used to level the plywood. This allows me to adjust the station for any saw I use later on down the road. It also made the installation of this saw fairly easy. I cannot take credit for the idea but I will say that it has worked very well.

-- Will work for wood...

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 08:09 PM

Well done



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#9 posted 09-23-2010 09:23 PM

I have that saw, or at least one very similar to it. Mine is currently sitting on the cheapest workmate table that black and decker makes. I definitely need to get motivated and make something like this.

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 05:09 PM

Great job on the miter station. I also want to build one like this with folding extension arms. You mentioned that you used some plans for this project… Would you mind sharing where you bought the plans from? I’m interested in how the wooden hinges work for the extensions as this is how I want to do mine. Do you happen to have any photos showing a close up of the support arms and their hinges? I’m sure we’d all love to see the details.

Looking forward to seeing your next project!

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 04:11 AM

SC_Galoot – I used some rough cut plans for this project. The plans were actually free. I spent a few hours trying to track them down again but I have not been able to find them. The supports use continuous hinges. The horizontal support folds toward the rear of the cabinet and the vertical support folds under the wing and is held by velcro. I do not have any close ups of the supports but let me know and I’ll try to take a few pictures (although its now covered in sawdust). Please let me know if I can help you in any other way.

-- Will work for wood...

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 04:14 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 04:15 AM

Good job nice space saving!

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#14 posted 02-06-2011 11:30 PM

Nice job! Much more finished than mine, which I made in an afternoon out of particle board cuz I was cheap! I like the addition of the t-tracks. I’ll have to add those to mine as well. I built a hood which I have hooked up to my dust collection system and it works as well as anything I have tried so far. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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