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Second miter saw station for my shop (January 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 538 days ago 2581 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second miter saw station I will be using in my shop. The first was for small cutoffs and 2×4 lumber. This one is for the wider and longer stock. It is a salvaged 42” sink base cabinet on wheels with 40” wings on either side. This gives me a total distance of 10’2” from end to end when extended. The arms fold down straddling the mounting brackets to take up less space and give a nice clean look. Total arm surface area is 40” x 11.5”. The dimensions can be modified to fit any need and are extremely easy to build. No special hardware to buy. All hinges are made with 2-1/2” kreg screws. Here are two videos; First, the design process in SketchUp. And second, the build. For those who do not use SketchUp I highly recommend it. Truly a great tool for all woodworkers.

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-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 538 days ago

Nice. I’ve been kicking around ideas on how to make the side tables fold, as I want to use something similsr for my planer. This looks effective and easy!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 538 days ago

I have two as well. Good setup.

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 538 days ago

Nice job. On a side not, I just want a single miter saw. Any miter saw. I have none. But, nice job!

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#4 posted 538 days ago

Nice work

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#5 posted 538 days ago

Well done, nice looking set-up

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#6 posted 538 days ago

Thanks for the Sketch up tutorial, I learned from it … that makes it a success.

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macdo

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#7 posted 538 days ago

The folding system is great, I have a miter saw and I’ve been thinking on building an station, and with this you gave me the inspiration to start it.
One thing I would add are fences to the extensions so I can use stop blocks if needed.

Best regards,
macdo

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#8 posted 538 days ago

sweet looks like your doing well.

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JSB

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#9 posted 538 days ago

macdo, I would suggest not adding the fences. After using many miter saw setups I can say that having a fence is a major pain when the material to cut has just a slight bow to it. For a stop block, just make a clamping bar that straddles the arms.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#10 posted 538 days ago

This is my miter saw and radial arm saw station…..it is 18’ long, and each cabinet is 4’ long and 32” deep…it has plenty of drawer storage w/ full ext. slides, and will handle a 20’ board….it has one contineous fence, and stops….......

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

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#11 posted 537 days ago

Great design idea. From your experience with your first miter station, how long do the kreg screw hinges last?

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JSB

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#12 posted 537 days ago

Wolfdrool – I have been using them regularly since they were built. No signs of wear yet. I’m sure they will wear out quicker than metal hinges but a little bracing here and there as needed will extend the life.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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Wolfdrool

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#13 posted 536 days ago

Thanks for your reply, JSB. Clever use of the Kreg screws. These screws are like duct tape in that they have 1001 uses . . . now 1002!

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