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Miter Saw Retractable Stop and Hinged T-Track

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Project by mdzehr posted 06-18-2018 05:10 PM 1506 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to upgrade my sliding miter saw workstation. That included making a T-track fence (using a special bit from MLCS) and retractable and adjustable positive cut stops. I hinged the first 12 inches of the fence on both sides of the miter saw, using a piano hinge, to be able to flip the T-track fence out of the way in order to be able to extend the metal fence wings of the miter saw when the saw is in the bevel position. I then added an adjustable fence to the stop to add additional capacity for repeat cutting of short pieces. Each of the stops are also hinged to swing up out of the way if needed. Each side of the stop is beveled to prevent sawdust build up between the stop in the fence as well as allowing me to use the stop on 45° cuts without damaging the point of the cut pieces. Each stop is about 1/8” above the table surface to prevent sawdust from accumulating in front of the stop. This is a very simple build but very useful in efficiently making precise repeated cuts. I have two stops for each side of the miter saw. The other upgrade was making the zero clearance blade slot.

For example if I am cutting a number of 27” pieces, my set up would be like this

If I needed to cut a couple of 54” pieces, but didn’t want to lose my 27” setting, I would temporarily fold the 27” stop up out of the way, and use my other stop at the 54” setting like this:

For really short cuts, I just use the stop extension like this:

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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EarlS

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#1 posted 06-18-2018 05:32 PM

Great idea. I think I’m following what you did but could you post a wide view picture with a “demonstration piece” in place?

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

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 06-18-2018 06:50 PM

Great question Earl. I updated my post with clarifying pics. Please let me know if you have further questions. I hope this helps! Mike


Great idea. I think I m following what you did but could you post a wide view picture with a “demonstration piece” in place?

- EarlS


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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EarlS

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#3 posted 06-18-2018 07:18 PM

Mike – thanks for the extra pictures. My biggest worry with using a stop and short cuts on the miter saw is having the short piece bind against the blade and fly out.

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

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 06-18-2018 07:51 PM

Earl, that is an excellent comment. When cutting small pieces, and I am concerned about that, I always use a zero clearance backstop as well. It it also fairly simple to use another piece of wood to help hold down the small piece. I should have clarified those safety points. Thanks for raising that concern!


Mike – thanks for the extra pictures. My biggest worry with using a stop and short cuts on the miter saw is having the short piece bind against the blade and fly out.

- EarlS


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#5 posted 06-18-2018 08:01 PM

Interesting and creative idea.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 06-18-2018 10:27 PM

Thanks! A 3’ Piano hinge went a long way.


Interesting and creative idea.

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#7 posted 06-19-2018 02:53 AM

I love this. I added adhesive tape measures to mine reading both left to right and right to left. It really is nice. It would work well with what you have done.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kreg-KMS7723-12-Self-Adhesive-Measuring-Tape-R-L-Reading/262251187030?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

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#8 posted 06-19-2018 04:19 AM

Nice stuff! Who doesn’t need that!?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-19-2018 05:48 AM

Nice deal, looks like you are able to go from right at the saw, out more than 8’ based on the pics. What are the ranges for the first stop, or I guess where does the T Track start, to pick up what the flip stop doesn’t catch?

Thanks for posting, certainly looks very usable. Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 06-19-2018 09:04 AM

Thanks Dannmarks. I appreciate the link to the tape. Great idea.


I love this. I added adhesive tape measures to mine reading both left to right and right to left. It really is nice. It would work well with what you have done.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kreg-KMS7723-12-Self-Adhesive-Measuring-Tape-R-L-Reading/262251187030?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

- dannmarks


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 06-19-2018 09:06 AM

Thanks Ivan! I know that I appreciate all the wonderful ideas that I have picked up here on Lumberjocks.


Nice stuff! Who doesn t need that!?

- majuvla


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 06-19-2018 09:19 AM

Thanks Steve! I am limited by the width of my garage. So the wing on the right side is 8’ long (but can cut 10’) and the and the wing on the left is 6’ long (but can cut 8’). So I have my station set up on wheels and can open the garage door to cut longer material if the weather is nice. Fortunately I am a hobbiest and rarely need to do that. The entire fence is T-Track so my stops work anywhere on the track. I also made an extender that will stick out longer than the fence if I need it.


Nice deal, looks like you are able to go from right at the saw, out more than 8 based on the pics. What are the ranges for the first stop, or I guess where does the T Track start, to pick up what the flip stop doesn t catch?

Thanks for posting, certainly looks very usable. Congrats on your 3.

- therealSteveN


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#13 posted 06-19-2018 12:14 PM

yes you deserve it :

AWARD GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 06-19-2018 12:20 PM

Thanks Tony!


yes you deserve it :

AWARD GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#15 posted 06-19-2018 12:36 PM

That’s a keen idea. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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