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Project by kdc68 posted 08-16-2012 12:13 AM 6339 views 46 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been a project overdue to be completed. My old setup made cutting boards to length a hassle. Now with this Deluxe Miter Saw Station, those hassles are gone !! No more measuring each board. No more using clamps and blocks as stops.

> Picture 1 shows the completed project. Each extension with Rockler flip stops can cut a board up to 4’2”. The Shop Vac and the Dewalt Miter Saw are plugged into a Craftsman Auto Switch. The vac turns on at the same time as the saw and the vac continues to run a few seconds after the saw stops running.

> Picture 2 shows the cabinet under construction. I designed this so if I were to ever move the saw station I made it to be mobile. The extensions can be easily removed by unscrewing 3 screws on each side. The base of the cabinet is hinged and flips up out of the way. There are swivel castors on the bottom so I could move it around if needed. This picture shows the cabinet stationary with the base flipped down.

> Picture 3 shows the base flipped up with the castors contacting the floor to be easily moved around.

> Picture 4 shows one extension upside down on sawhorses and under construction. The leg (part held in place with the bar clamps) has levelers and can be easily adjusted by the built in opening revealing the nut and bolts. The bottom left corner of the picture shows 3 – 4” corner brackets. Those brackets attach to the cabinet side and can be easily removed if needed.

>Picture 5 shows one of the fences. Both fences are mirror images. The fences can be adjusted in two ways. The first way is by loosening the star knobs on both ends on both fences so I can perfectly align the two with a string line using the aluminum fence on the saw as a reference. The second way is adjust the face of the fence either to the left or right with the other set of knobs. By doing this I can tweak the self adhesive tape measure to the flip stop for perfect cuts.

>Picture 6 show the storage drawers. The drawers have full extension slides with a 100 lb capacity. The bottom drawer is perfect for small cut-offs and tucks away behind the closed doors.

The materials that were used are 3/4 birch plywood, 1/4 luan plywood (door panels), 3/4 melamine, 1/2 MDF, and 3/4 poplar.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





18 comments so far

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Routerisstillmyname

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 12:41 AM

Awesome. If you have the space and use a miter saw frequently, this is a must.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 01:14 AM

great job I’m considering building one myself.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 08:20 AM

Nice work, great looking set-up.

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

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JerryLab

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 09:53 AM

Looks great. Added to my favorites!

-- Jerry, Waupaca, WI

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dusty2

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 12:23 PM

I’d be very appreciative of some detail on how your caster mechanism works.

Very professionally done work station. Impressive.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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PaulHWood

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 01:00 PM

very nice, seems you thought of everything

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workerinwood

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 01:14 PM

Well done, great job!! Very useful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 02:29 PM

Stellar…....that should do the job….... very nice….!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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StreamDreamer

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 02:40 PM

Excellent Job! Very impressive! Thanks for sharing!

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Randy Sharp

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 04:04 PM

I like the overall design…solid work top, storage and mobility. Sharp use of the area for the trash can and vacuum system too. I’m marking it as a favorite, for future reference. Thank you for sharing this project. It’s a winner!!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Grampa_Doodie

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 06:31 PM

You’ve inspired me to chuck my set up and start all over. :) Very nice!!

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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kdc68

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 09:16 PM

I want to thank everyone for the compliments. It is also an honor to make the Daily Top 3. Thank you LumberJocks !! The craftsmanship I see on LumberJocks everyday is top notch. Glad to be a part of it.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 09:47 PM

dusty2…. I mounted 4 swivel castors to the bottom of the cabinet. I made the base of the cabinet hinged to the sides. Attached to the base are 4 feet (one each corner) that extend below the castors by a 1/2” or so. The base flips down and the castors lift off the floor. To lock the base in postion there are 3 screws fastened to the side. If I were to ever move the miter saw station, all I would need to do is remove the extensions on each side, remove the 3 screws on each side of the hinged base, flip up the base and lower onto the castors. I’ve included a couple pictures below of when I was building the cabinet. Hope it answers the question

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 08-17-2012 12:24 AM

Nice miter saw station!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 08-17-2012 12:32 AM

Well done

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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