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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 04-30-2012 12:47 AM 3915 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a great project from Woodsmith Shop Plans which are free by the way. It’s very straight forward and can be built from common construction grade lumber. Its made from 1/2” plywood, Douglas Fir 2” X 4” X 8’ & 2” x 6” x 8” lumber, T TRACK, 2” X 2” X 1/” X 6’ aluminium angle and hardware.

I used cabinet grade maple plywood for the support bases for the fence and the saw and I used poplar for the fence faces and the center guide. The base uses I beam construction with a guide strip that the supports are keyed to and allows you to slide the supports and saw to varying positions depending what your cutting. The fence is made from Poplar and aluminum angle that makes up 2 3’ fences. It is very accurate since the supports are keyed to the center guide and the fence is keyed into the support clocks. When not in use you can build a wall mounted rack or you can remove the saw and stow the fence and store it on a french cleat.

I’ve had the miter saw for many years I just couldn’t justify the expense of the factory made saw platforms and I’ve seen several shop made platforms that just didn’t ring my bell for one reason or other until I saw the episode from Woodsmith shop when they built this station.

My wife and I are getting ready to build a shed and I want a quality built shed plus I’m tired of using the old standby folding table so I convinced the wife I needed a miter saw station. You can go to www.woodsmithshop.com and see the plans that you can download for free. A truly great site. See my blog at http://www.thepatriotwoodworker.com/profiles/blogs/portable-miter-saw-station-from-woodsmith-shop-plans

The plans called out for a hard board key recessed into the stop block but because of wear and the possibility of swelling of the hardboard if it gets wet I used 1/4” aluminum and epoxied it into the block. I also drilled shallow holes into the block grove and the aluminum key to give the epoxy some teeth to hold the key in place. The plans also called for attaching the self adhesive tapes to the top of the fences but to prevent the tapes from lifting during everyday use I cut a shallow recess in the top of both fences to protect the edges of the measuring tapes

The fences are registered in slots cut into the supports and non skid tape is in the slots which keeps the fences from moving when clamping them down. After squaring the saw I added the measuring tapes and this project is complete. It cuts square and is accurate and this is something I’ve needed for a long time. I can now cross cut wood without having to use the table saw sled and make repetitive cuts with the stop block.

Questions and comments are always welcome. Thanks for viewing!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 12:52 AM

Great job Mike ,that should be real handy for a long time to come. You have a good looking shop too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RetiredCoastie

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 12:56 AM

Thanks Jim, the wife and I have spent a lot of time getting it set up but still lots more to do but now I have one less thing to put in the shop.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 03:37 AM

Nicely done Mike!
That is a really nice shop project and will make your shed build a lot easier !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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SPalm

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 12:03 PM

Nice.
I really need something like this.
Thanks for the inspiration Mike.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Paul

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 01:50 PM

Good Job! I could use one also.

Paul

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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RetiredCoastie

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 03:59 PM

Thanks all for your comments. This was a fun project and it’s very straight forward construction and should be very durable. Thanks again for viewing and commenting!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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Martyroc

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 10:26 PM

Great job, I built one many years ago and it has become indispensable. I expect you will get as much great use out of this as I do with mine. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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kdc68

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 12:15 AM

I have been contemplating different ways to do the fence, self adhesive tape, and stop. I think now I have seen what I would like to have. Thank you for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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fredf

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 03:52 AM

Is there any particular reason the fences are clamped?? Just for ease of removal?? I would think that once positioned they’d not need to be adjusted

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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RetiredCoastie

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 04:18 PM

Fred it’s mainly for portability and storage. The design allows you to store the fence platform on a french cleat without the saw being attached. Another feature that I’ve found whether intended or not allows you to move the fence stop block further away from the saw to cut longer lengths of stock.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 08:43 PM

sorry for the late bump but this looks really close to what I need.. I already have the Kreg Top Trak and Stop system from a buddy of mine which might simplify the build a bit once I dig into the plan. excellent work

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