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Project by RolLinWoods posted 12-29-2011 07:30 PM 4546 views 42 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 08:08 PM

Hello RolLinWoods

And welcome to LJ’s

I like your ideas for the stop blocks

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Elizabeth

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 08:57 PM

Nice! I might use this idea in my own bench.

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 09:27 PM

Welcome to Ljs
A very good miter station ,nice work .

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 04:18 AM

Fence-sleds? That’s awesome! I’ve been fighting with myself on miter bench design because i don’t want to sacrifice a whole bench for a miter saw, and i think 2 or 4 fence-sleds and a recessed track could be just what i need!

Good execution of a simplistic and versatile work space.
-Paul

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 06:47 AM

hey, that’s great! I may use your ideas when I re-do my miter setup. Thanks for posting.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 06:52 AM

What a wonderful slick design. Great idea on separate front ply, then the track and them the back ply. Looks great thanks for sharing and welcome

-- Norman

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 07:43 AM

great idea and execution!! i too have been debating dedicating a whole work bench to my miter saw and now i dont have to. I will have to go a few steps further and put the miter saw on the t track too so i can slide it to one side or the other in order to support/cut longer stock. i also might add a few more t tracks and make some t track clamps/hold downs for even more versatility.

How did you work out the dust collection for the miter saw?

Thanks for the pics and post.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 12:06 PM

Hello RolLinWoods And welcome to LJ’s Nice idea you have came up with. Look fwd to looking at more projects in the future.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 02:52 PM

To answer OnlyJustME’s question on the dust collector…
The way I arranged the dust collector was to insert a 2 foot section of 4×10 duct between the studs into the wall behind the saw. The duct has a 90-degree elbow (also 4×10) at the bottom that rests on the top of the bench. I capped the top, then I connected a take-off for the 4” round going to the DC. On the bench I added a couple of sides, that are visible in the photo, to direct the dust toward the pick up area. The saw spreads the dust wider than the collection area, but it gets most of it.
The iVAC controls senses when the saw starts, turn on the DC 1.5 seconds after i start the saw and stops it 5 seconds after the saw shuts off.
Also, I bolted the saw so that i can use the tape measures adhered to the bench surface on either side. Sliding the saw would make them inaccurate, right now i get exactly what i read on the tape. For longer cuts I’ll have to use the old method of marking the wood.

-- -- Rolf

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 05:57 PM

Hi RolLinWoods – welcome to LJs – and – WOW, sweet looking bench surface! Love the oak flooring. I have a serious space issue in my shop, so the fact that the bench is multipurpose is great. Looks like an excellent example of what may work in my shop as well.

WELL DONE!

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 10:18 PM

Great idea and thanks for posting. Was just thinking of building a bench for my miter saw, but I like your idea better.

To ‘OnlyJustME’ when you make yours with your miter saw on sliding t-track, post pics as it sounds like you and I were thinking along the same lines.

-- Rick

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 07:55 PM

Great Idea using fence sleds, on normal workbench for using Miter Saw, instead of the usual ‘lowered’ base in the middle of a table. In face, a Compound Saw is the latest addition to my workshop and your idea has given me lot of relief, from building a separate work bench with lower deck for the saw. Grateful thanks.

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#13 posted 01-18-2012 10:15 PM

Love it! Now where did I put my pencil…

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#14 posted 04-05-2013 07:42 PM

Just wanted to say thanks again for posting this; last night I began building my bench based on your plans! The laminate flooring is mostly laid and I am installing the t-track this weekend. Any tips that would be helpful in making the fence sleds would be welcomed.

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