Miter Saw Station

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Project by Firewood posted 09-11-2018 04:10 PM 4271 views 14 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my new miter saw station. It is based on a couple different plans and some other ideas I got from many of you here on LJ.

The cabinets are 5 basic face-frame carcasses resting on a toe kick held in place with cleats that are glued to the concrete floor. All the cabinets have pull-out shelves/drawers in them. I will add others once I figure out what will be stored where. All the cabinet components are finished with 3 coats of clear shellac. I lightly sanded with 320 grit after coat 2 and then rubbed out the final coat with 4-0 steel wool. It left a nice smooth finish.

The top is 3/4 ply covered with 1/4 hardboard wrapped in maple and finished with a couple coats of GF oil finish.

I used the KREG fence system and attached it with star knobs and threaded inserts so I can easily remove it if I need the work surface for other purposes. I may elongate the holes if I find it necessary to adjust it down the road.

The miter saw is attached to an adjustable shelf between the two sets of cabinets. I can remove the wood fences from the saw and bring it forward to still use the Kreg fence if needed for angled cuts, etc.

Since my shop is not very big, I decided to incorporate my drill press into the build and re purpose my DP cart under my table saw extension. I mounted the base where the drawer would be in the cabinet and drilled a hole in the top for the column. I think it will work out pretty well.

I’ve included an enclosed channel in the back along the wall for dust collection. I’m still working out just how I’m going to do that, but at least I have an easy way to add it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 05:06 PM

Those cabinets are nicer than what is in my kitchen!!! Clever idea to make a “built-in” drill press and dust collection channel. One of these years I need to make something like this for the storage space as well as the miter / drill press station. I’ll be plagarizing your ideas.

Nice work!!!

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

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#2 posted 09-11-2018 05:32 PM

Very well done….Will make a great shop

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#3 posted 09-11-2018 05:32 PM

sweet setup mike thats gonna make the job so much the shelf the saw sits on adjustable up or down?.nice work.

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2018 06:21 PM

Nice work, looks like a lot of firepower in a short space.

For the dust off the chop saw, always a problem child they are, but if you just sit one on a counter and use it without any attempt to bag, deflect, or control the sawdust 90+% of the dust ends up settling right around the saw, with the lions share just behind it. I’ve often mused how to put something in that space so “most” of the dust will be gotten. I believe I’m going to use your pan idea, but instead of a hard surface I’m going to use pegboard, with one of those “big gulp” dust collector openings attached to a large dust vac, or small DC, just under the particle board. Then also use a hose connected to the dust port on the miter saw.

Using that same kind of design people make dust collection for hand sanders, another problem child, unless you have a model of sander that excels in dust pickup. Folks pick up quite a bit with a downdraft sanding table. Why couldn’t that work on the miter saw, if you used dust collection directly at the miter saws chute too.

Big gulp dust hood

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 09-11-2018 06:58 PM


You’ve outdone yourself, buddy…..That is one fine-looking saw station…..You did a stellar job on everything….It always pays to take your time and get it just the way you want it…..especially in this woodworking game…..Putting the drill press incorporated into the station was an excellent idea…..Outstanding work, my friend…Now on to dust collection and other vital necessities for the shop…..!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#6 posted 09-11-2018 07:26 PM

Nice station, it the kick the rear I need to start on my station.

-- Jon Bennett

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#7 posted 09-11-2018 07:44 PM

Love the drill press idea, may have to use that one as well. Excellent work all around.

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#8 posted 09-11-2018 09:00 PM

Twenty years ago I bought a home in the Calif. mountains that has a very similar setup in the shop, although the former owner’s family took the miter saw with them. The former owner was quite skilled at cabinet work and did a sturdy and attractive job in the house as well as the shop. Your adaptation of the floor model drill press is unique!

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#9 posted 09-11-2018 10:08 PM

Super nice project.It will be fun to use.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 09-11-2018 10:44 PM

Congratulations Mike. I’m sure this will prove to be an outstanding addition to your shop. Well done!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#11 posted 09-11-2018 11:41 PM

Fabulous station my Friend…

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#12 posted 09-12-2018 12:08 AM

Pretty neat way to tuck in the drill. Nothing left to be desired !

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#13 posted 09-12-2018 03:19 AM

Absolutely a wonderful job on that station. I am glad I was able to watch you build it. Great job!

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#14 posted 09-12-2018 03:42 AM

Thanks everyone for all your encouraging words. It was a fun build, but took a lot longer than expected (but don’t all projects?)

Pottz – the saw shelf is only adjustable back and forth. The saw has rubber feet that allow just enough wiggle room to get it level. If I ever get a new saw, I’ll have to move the cleats holding up the shelf.

Phil32 – The DP is not a floor standing. It’s just a 12” bench top. The base is mounted to blocks just below the top where the top drawer should be.

Thanks again everyone

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 09-12-2018 02:18 PM

Excellent project.
Should make woodworking all that more enjoyable for you.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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