Cheap and Easy chop saw station

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Project by Gareth posted 02-28-2008 10:06 PM 3143 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I had to lay some decking in a remote location. I knew there would be a lot of repetitive cuts, so I decided to knock up a quick portable station for my chop saw. I only have a small van, so 8’ was the maximum legnth I could accommodate.I also wanted it to be lightweight.

I bought a sheet of 0.5” shuttering ply. The base is 2’ wide. Two cleats were screwed to the underside and are used to locate into 2 cheap workmates. A bridge and platform was constructed on the top. 4 cleats were added to locate the saw. I did not bother with a fence, because this is just for rough site work. Anyway, around here at least, I have yet to see a length of decking that is true. A clamp and block will serve as a stop.

It sets up in 2 minutes and worked great. Well worth the £10 for materials and less than 2 hrs that it took to build.

-- Gareth, Amlwch

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Scott Hildenbrand

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 10:11 PM

I set up something like that when I was building the fence for the dog run.. I didn’t get nearly as fancy though.. I just screwed 2×4 brace blocks to a 2×10 to support the cut piece and secured the chop saw to the board with fence screws. ;)

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 10:23 PM

thats cool. i also have a workmate and this is just another great thing that they can be used for. it seems like uses for them are popping up all over the place.

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 11:35 PM

Very innovative approach, Gareth. I have tried several approaches to this but this one looks quick and best of all cheap. I will have to keep it in mind the next time I need a set-up like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-29-2008 10:14 AM

Nice clever design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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