Miter Saw / Radial Arm Station

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Project by Koa posted 04-23-2012 11:53 PM 7790 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Workshop progress update

Miter saw / radial arm station.

Moving along to the chop / cut off station. Again keeping the shop furniture simple yet functional. Built with spruce 2×4s milled down 1 ¼” x 3”. 1x pine ripped down to 2 ½” for the top frame ¾” true-floor for the sub top with ¼” hardboard to work as the sacrificial top. The radial arm has ½” MDF for its sacrificial top. The shop is certainly a work in progress. Completion . . .? some day soon I hope.

Any and all comments are welcome.

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 11:58 PM

Looks like your going to have a nice shop when your done!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Andy Panko

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 12:42 AM

I’m jealous of the amount of space you have. That is an impressively large chop station. I’d highly recommend getting the Kreg measuring system/fence. I have that set up for my miter station. It saves a tremendous amount of time in making accurate cuts and repeated cuts. I’m just a hobbyist – by no means a production shop. But still, the amount of time saved from not having to individually measure and mark each piece and then carefully line it up under the blade, etc has been nothing short of awesome.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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T. D. Reid

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 01:01 AM

Very nice sir! I too wish that I had that amount of space. You can check out my chop station at my home page if you like. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 01:26 AM

Awesome. I wish I had the room for a setup like that!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 11:35 AM

Great set up

All the advantages of the two saws


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 02:10 PM

very very nice station

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#7 posted 04-24-2012 06:24 PM

I wish I had that kind of room, but I don’t. That is ok. I really like your ideas and will use some of them a little modified to my needs. Thanks for sharing.

My shop is so far behind getting done, I wonder if I will ever get it workable.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 06:42 PM


That’s a dandy Saw Station and the space below will make plenty of drawer/shelf storage.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 06:56 PM

That shop is incredible!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 07:14 PM

Very nice! There is a setup along these lines in my very near future. The principal design criteria will be functionality (versus ‘pretty’), as yours is, and will be a huge time-saver in my shop when working with either the miter or radial arm saw. ...And no more &$*#& portable roller stands falling over!! Thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 09:39 PM

That looks like the shop I want to have when I grow up.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 04-25-2012 12:21 AM

Looks good. It reminds me of the New Yankee Workshop setup

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#13 posted 04-25-2012 01:18 PM

What height did you use for the work top off the floor?

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#14 posted 04-26-2012 01:09 AM

Woodshaver : I truly hope so! It’s definitely taken long enough.

Andy : Well you know, I did make this shop with the intention of making a buck along side doing something I love, so the extra space is truly a necessity. I’ll look into the measuring system/fence, but maybe that is something a handy man could craft up? I certainly would mind saving a buck! And you’re right, time is invaluable. It’s really important to make your time spent in the shop as hassle free as possible.

TD: Wow that’s a really nice shop! Very well equipped. I would trade your equipment for my shop any day.

Jim: You’d be surprised! I make all of this work with 750sqft. A little bit (or maybe a lot) of planning goes a long way with making small spaces seem big. ** Do you mind if I commandeer your idea for the height gauge? Or maybe some plans?

Jaime: Thanks Jaime! I hope I will get many years of enjoyment from it.

Steliart: Thank you

Mcgriffith: Please do! And that’s the same way I felt last year, just keep on trucking.

GrandpaLen: Thanks, I hope to utilize the space below so that I can keep all of my walls clean and mostly free from cabinetry. I really hate working in a shop with lots of cabinets, it feels like I’m doing woodworking in a kitchen.

Bertha: Thank you. I couldn’t find pictures of your shop but I love those humidors!

Tom C: I hope the future might come sooner than we both anticipate. I agree that principal designs should be kept simple and practical. And those roller stands are hard to pick up in the middle of a cut.

PaBull: It looks like a shop similar to mine must be in your very near future. I’ve gotta tell you, that the story behind the reproduction of tender memories is touching.

Rlamb007: I guess you could say so. It definitely houses some of those characteristics. Though the construction techniques are similar, the material use is pretty far apart.

Bob: 37 inches. All of my benches are 37 inches. It’s the perfect height for me.

Thank you all for the kind words and input! Please if you are interested check out my L.J. blog at And again, any and all input is welcome and encouraged.

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 03:20 PM

Great idea. I’m gonna do the same in my garage. How deep is the bench?


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