|Project by RolLinWoods||posted 12-29-2011 07:30 PM||6311 views||45 times favorited||14 comments|
After looking at several different ways of building a miter saw bench, I decided to build a more versatile unit without dropping the saw into a lowered section of the bench and without permanent fences. I still wanted to be able to use a built-in measure and fence stop system if possible. What I built is a 3/4 plywood top covered in left-over engineered oak flooring. The design evolved as it came together as shown in the photos. I also use IVAC controls for my dust collector.
I installed 2 lengths of ‘T’ track below the top of the bench surface (directly onto the 3/4 plywood) using a straight edge and installed the oak up to the track. Then I built 2 fence-sleds to match the saw’s fence and cutting surface. The base of the sleds is some maple blocks I had left over that I cut to drop into the slot in the ‘T’ track. This way I only need a single T-bolt to lock it in place.
I also put stop blocks at the outer sides of each fence-sled. They simply slide up and lock with a bolt. The adhesive tape measure aligns with the stop blocks.
When I want to use the bench for other purposes, I can either slide the fence-sled out of the way or remove it altogether.
Most of the material is left overs and I didn’t follow particular dimensions.
Now I’ve got to go make some more sawdust!
-- -- Rolf