|Project by NormLz||posted 02-03-2014 08:34 PM||9341 views||131 times favorited||59 comments|
Well I finally finished my Miter Saw Bench after a couple of months working on it on and off. . It was a long project due various reasons but it’s done. The bench is 14 ft wide, 32 inches deep on the lower top and 23 inches deep on the upper top. It’s 36 inches from the floor to the first top and an additional 3-3/4 inches to the second top. It’s 6 ft left of the saw blade and 8 ft right of the saw blade. I wasn’t sure at first if the cutting height would be too high but now that I have used the bench for a while I love the height.
The dust hood works very well but certainly not 100%. Whatever the dust hood doesn’t pick up I just use compressed air while the dust collector is running to clean around the saw. The fence is by Kreg and that is the best feature of the bench. It’s calibrated precisely so I only have to adjust the stop to the exact measurement I need then cut. The fence can be removed or slide it back and forth if the need arises. I installed locking pins as you can see in one of my photos to lock the fence in it’s present condition.
All the wood shown is maple including the small draws in the top section of the bench. I used 1/4 inch Melamine for the top of the bench which is hard but replaceable if necessary. I built a maple handle connected to the blast gate to operate the gate when needed. My dust collector runs on 220 volts but I built a control box which allows me to use a magnetic switch at the blast gate which operates on 24 volts. Each of my tools have a blast gate with a 24 volt magnetic switch attached. The dust collection system works well using low voltage to operate.
-- Norm, Connecticut