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Project by Ken Reed posted 10-31-2010 07:13 PM 6997 views 27 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sold my old cast iron radial arm saw a few years ago and replaced it with a big Makita miter saw. The miter saw doesn’t have quite the same capacity for cross cutting, but is a much more useful tool and I don’t have to open the window it use it.

I never liked the old fence as it stood up above the bench, effectively reducing the bench’s usefulness by more than half for other projects. I ripped that fence off and built this one that is inlet into the top of the bench and uses aluminum t-track. The setup is quite simple, but quite useful. I used a couple of scraps of walnut to make the stop. I mounted a ball bearing hinge to it so that I could swing the stop out of the way, allowing me to trim one end with the stop up, then flip the stop down for the cut to length action. It’s very accurate because of the embedded tape that reads both metric and Imperial. I glued the tape down very close to where I needed it and then fine tuned the whole thing by moving the saw a bit to get it square and the proper distance, which is read directly off of the tape…you don’t have to mark the board you’re cutting at all. For short cuts I use another piece of scrap that is cut to exactly 20” long and is saved in the cabinet when not in use.

I used a ball bearing hinge, partly because I already happened to have one, but mostly because there is no play in it so that makes it accurate every time.

Best of both worlds: a bench that’s actually useful when you need a big flat space, and an accurate fence for the miter box.





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#1 posted 10-31-2010 07:54 PM

Now that is nifty! One day I hope to have something similar…. One day…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 08:04 PM

Love it. I want this in my shop down the road.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 08:14 PM

You have a pretty similar set up to mine Ken, but your idea with the inlay ‘T’ track is unique and a very good idea. I do have a dust hood on mine which really helps a lot, but I have my grinder mounted to one side and a big disk sander on the other, so with so little space I just have to make do. My saw is mounted on a sliding table so I can pulll it out from the wall, but of course this brings me out towards the edge of the counter. You can see it on my workshop page. Workshops are like life. We just have to work with what we have. I am the only woodworker in the family and I do envy you your generations long tradition.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-31-2010 08:17 PM

I like it! That’s going into my upgrade plans.

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 08:27 PM

Looks good ken

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 10:43 PM

I really like it. A mini movable fence.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#7 posted 11-01-2010 02:52 AM

Nice looking station. I have Kreg’s positive stop system on mi station. and it is really nice not to have to mark your boards to cut, it is so accurate. I just pulled mine out from the wall to allow room for the saw to hang out the back, and put the fence on the back of the table. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23631.

I like your solution too, very nice! Great job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#8 posted 11-01-2010 03:42 AM

This makes so much sense. I’m going to borrow the idea, hope you don’t mind… :)

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#9 posted 11-01-2010 03:47 AM

Very Nice; I like the simple but accurate way you set up the stop system.

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#10 posted 11-01-2010 04:39 AM

Very clever! Favorited.

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#11 posted 11-01-2010 05:21 AM

Nice build Ken.

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#12 posted 11-06-2010 01:49 AM

Great looking miter saw station. I have a Makita saw and love it.
Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 03-04-2013 09:15 PM

I like that concept at lot. Now that you have had it set up for a while and assuming you have had many chances to use it, what are your thoughts? Anything you would do differently?

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#14 posted 12-21-2013 10:13 PM

Thanks for the comments folks.

Izod, no I would not modify the setup. I’ve used it for several years now and it’s still accurate. I’m going to have to replace the tape soon as I’ve all but worn off the lettering in a couple of places. It makes repeatable cuts accurate and easy. It works with miters as well, although you have the watch where you measure; if you are cutting long point to long point it’s great, but I still use the laser built into the saw for the ol’ “measure twice, cut once” rule.

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