Miter Saw Station

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 02-14-2012 04:08 AM 6554 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As with most of my shop projects, I have tried to incorporate all of the features I currently want in a miter station as well as things I might want or need in the future. They say a picture can tell a thousand words but I cannot fully demonstrate the functionality of this station with pictures alone. I guess I am going to have to make another video. :)

For now I will just list some of the features:

1. Incorporated dust collection that consists of a down draft table and a hose that picks up where the bag used to be.

I used plastic sink plumbing and old pool cleaner hose. By leaving the joint a little loose, the plumbing elbow rotates when the saw is lowered but it is still vacuum tight. Dust collection is never an exact science with a miter saw but this systems works pretty well. I also have a 4” hose at the end on hooks that plugs into my surface planer and drum sander and another attachment for various other hand held tools.

2. Extendable fences with an adjustable shop made stop.

3. Lots of storage for cutoffs

4. Drawers for storage of short cutoffs, templates, drawing tools…what ever you can think of.

5. Wheels for mobility

Also, there is a lot of room behind the fences. I can build additional storage bins or racks for tools. The drawers do not need pulls but I may add some for aesthetics. I would like to make them myself and welcome any ideas or suggestions.

Hopefully, I will have time in the next few weeks to make that video and really demonstrate how versatile this station is.

Thanks for looking.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 04:23 AM

These mitre stations are getting more and more like furniture…

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 05:45 AM

This is like Mission Control ! What a great set up! I would love to see a video demo!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 06:02 AM

Super COOL setup!

Is that a Ryobi saw?
If not, what is it?

How do you like it?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 12:08 PM

Very interesting design. I don’t know you supported the middle of the cabinet. It kinda looks it might bow in the future. Other than that I like it. I am working on one for myself..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 12:25 PM

@ Joe: Yes it is a Ryobi. I like it. I have had it for about 8 years and it has many miles on it. I broke the original fence so I threw one together as a “temporary fix”...that was 4 years ago! I hope to get a compound sliding saw in the future.

@ Eagle1: I was concerned about sagging as well. I had installed wheels in the middle at first but it was almost impossible to turn and move the station. Fortunately, when I first designed it, I wanted the station to be high enough so I wouldn’t have to bend over when making cuts so to elevate it, without using another sheet of plywood, I built a frame of 2×4’s. This gives the bottom a lot of support. So far, not a bit of sag. I will probably add a support stand for the middle that I can flip up to move the station just for peace of mind. :)

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 09:13 PM

super nice, with lots o storage. that DC you have in the background looks like a monster. (in a good dust collector way) Oh, and I like how you did the stop block with a measure built in. very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 10:06 PM

Hope you plan to spend some money on that slider because most of the affordable ones need a huge space behind the fence. The only shallow draft saws I know of are the Festool and the glider arm saw by Bosch.

Would be a shame to loose that fine work station in order to get a new saw. I’m stuck with this decision now because I’m looking to build a miter saw station and my saw is an old cast iron Delta from about 1997. I am considering just getting a Non-sliding 12” saw.

Well, maybe since your setup is mobile you can live with the space requirements. In my case I need mine fixed to a basement wall.

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 11:56 PM

That clamping mechanism on the stop block is a GREAT IDEA! Thanks for posting!

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#9 posted 02-15-2012 02:21 AM

Very nice!

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 02:28 AM

@ crank49: I know exactly what you mean. I left as much room in the back as I could, not knowing how much I might need if I upgrade the saw. The rear panel can easily be popped off and extended back over the dust collection pipe if needed. The platform can adjust up and down quite a bit as well to compensate for a taller or shorter saw bed. I tried to think of every contingency when I designed it.

@ StumpyNubs: Thanks! It works really well and cost next to nothing to make. I glued a piece of 180 grit sandpaper to the “foot” I added to the hardboard. When you tighten the knob, it holds very tightly in place.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 04:26 PM

Great station and storage! Very effective.

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

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 02:50 PM

@Roger: The dust collector IS a monster! It’s a KUFO (King of UFO). 220V 3 hp. I found it on eBay. It was brand new, in the box listed by a local company that sells previously owned machines and tools. Sometimes those items are still new in the box, like my DC. At $375 it was an absolute steal!

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 06:55 PM

Nice miter saw station!

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