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Miter Station with Adjustable Mount

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Project by SouthHollow posted 01-14-2013 07:08 PM 2561 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my quest to actually get a functional space up and running for wood-working, I decided to build a miter station. Inspiration for the project came from the This Is Carpentry article by Gary Katz and Jimmy Meeker's Miter Cabinet Workstation here on LJ.

Of course, I had to make a couple of changes. The main one was to come up with an adjustable mount for the miter saw. This was for three reasons.

A) I wanted to build a taller table to allow for if I end up adding drawers they way Jimmy did.
B) It would let me use 2×4s which I had handy, and I don’t own a table saw yet to rip lumber down to height easily.
C) I don’t trust myself to get the support pieces perfectly cut to height, and this allowed for greater margin for error. (I’m still just getting started in woodworking)

Of course my first idea for the mount (Picture 5) didn’t work, because it didn’t allow for enough of a range for the saw, but I was able to switch to using t-nuts to support the mounts on the board, and that allowed for enough play to get it aligned perfectly.

The other change I made from Gary Katz’s plan was to make the back of the station deeper. This was to allow it to be to the wall. It also created a bit of extra storage space, and serendipity made it perfect for being able to store my circular saw flat on it’s plate, with the blade going down in between the wall-studs.

All in all I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, and it has already made it super easy for a bunch of repetitive cuts for the work bench that I’m building to replace the pile of junk on the back wall in picture four.

Anyone have suggestions for finishes? (Or thoughts on if it’s worth it to put a finish on it?)

-- Alex, Los Angeles





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#1 posted 01-14-2013 07:48 PM

Nice work Alex

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 08:07 PM

Alex a great foundation piece for your shop
I like the fact that you are planning ahead
I think it will be a great project to watch grow
Keep us posted.
Jamie

-- 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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#3 posted 01-14-2013 08:11 PM

Nice. I like the way you used the space behind the saw for storage of the smaller tools. Neat and clean.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 08:30 PM

good job, simple but functional idea

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 10:07 PM

Nice job, I hope this saw station serves you well. Keep us posted as you improve this baby. I hope you soon find a table saw cause I could not go with out one in my shop.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 03:23 AM

i like the adjustable mounts on the feet

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 05:03 AM

Well you did a great job and glad to see you have the room to put the saw station in

-- Norman

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 06:25 AM

Nice. I like the adjustable height mounting idea.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 02:34 PM

I’m not familar with the plans you’re referencing, but using the space beneath the wings for drawers is a great idea. When I saw Norm make a miter station on the NYW I’m surprised he didn’t think of that and utilize that space. The leveling feet is a good idea too. Better than using shims to bring it up on the same plane as the wings. The whole table, however, looks too high for me. Hope it works out well for you.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 06:20 PM

Jim, Al, Mariva, Ben, Pintodelux – Thank you.

Jamie – I just posted the next step in the evolution of the garage which was a solid bench to work on. There’s something incredibly satisfying about every project having a real and significant effect on how much I’m able to do in there. And it is great to feel my skills get a bit better with every project.

Aaron – I think the next step might just be a simple router bit tray to fit into one of the bays, but there are so many options. You’re not wrong on the table-saw. It’s definitely becoming more and more obvious to me why that’s normally one of the first major tools everyone gets, but thankfully I’ve been able to go over to a friends shop to use his saw when I’ve needed one. But yeah, I keep finding myself browsing saws.

Norman – I feel incredibly lucky to have the space to play with.

Doug – You’re right that the miter station is a bit high on the wall. But, if I put it lower, I wouldn’t have been able to slide the other tables and stuff underneath it. It’s a trade-off, and I wasn’t ready to sacrifice 10’ of wall to just the miter station. It’s a large garage, but the opposite wall is going to be purely non-wood-working storage shelving, so I’m trying to be efficient in the set-up, even if that makes the miter station a little taller than would be ideal.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 12:42 AM

Once again, nice bench! Now I am even more jealous!

-- Derec

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