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Project by NormLz posted 02-03-2014 08:34 PM 6838 views 116 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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LJackson

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 08:59 PM

This is far nicer than most people’s kitchen cabinets.

Now go build some kitchen cabinets!

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LeChuck

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 09:00 PM

That’s an awesome miter bench. Very well done.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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sawdustjunkie

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 09:58 PM

That is fantastic! I couldn’t get that to fit in my garage, but without the saw it would look nice in my kitchen.
Really great job on that bench!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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woodchuckerNJ

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 10:00 PM

Geez that’s too nice to work on.

Put a few scratches in it, bang a board, and you’ll be over the pain…

Really nice.

-- Jeff NJ

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DeputyDawg

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 10:02 PM

Beautiful work. I just got the new Delta 780 Miter saw and plan to build a bench for it. This one is Awsome. I’m probably a little shorter than you are so may sink the saw to make the run off the height of the bench top. But not sure. Anyway your workmanship is above and beyond. Do you happen to know where I could get plans for the bench
Thanks
Dennis Mitchell
Buckeye, AZ

-- DeputyDawg

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woodchuckerNJ

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 10:02 PM

BTW is that a GLIDE?
I have read a lot of reviews saying that it seems to twist a fraction while gliding.
Have you checked for that?
Do you have any negative comments aside from not having a built in laser on both sides?

-- Jeff NJ

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redmen

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 10:18 PM

Very nice, job well done.

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dahenley

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 10:42 PM

looks amazing….

a suggestion for dust.
i saw on someone else’s build where they put clear plastic strips down from the dust hood (kind of what you see in walk-in freezers) so you have the ability to twist and position your chop saw at various angles, but it also allows your dust collector to have more negative suction and collect the dust without making a mess.

i don’t know how good this works, but it was said to work well. (just a suggestion)

also, what did you finish the hardboard with?

-- David Henley

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whitebeast88

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 10:42 PM

awesome ms station.looks like you thought of everything on it.lots of storage.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 10:47 PM

you REALLY gonna use that ? git it dirty and such ? If I had your addy I’d send the clean police and have you put away for abusing a fine piece of furniture

What a nice addition to a work shop !!

-- Dick, Ohio

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#11 posted 02-03-2014 10:50 PM

Very ,very nice

-- Bert

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Brett

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#12 posted 02-03-2014 11:48 PM

That’s some seriously nice shop furniture! Love the color!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#13 posted 02-03-2014 11:50 PM

One of the nicest I’ve seen. I will certainly favorite that for inspiration.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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NormLz

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#14 posted 02-03-2014 11:59 PM

WOW! I’m really surprised at how many viewers have looked at my latest project. I also appreciate the great comments. I promise I will answer all the questions that my fellow LumberJocks have asked. Thanks you ALL for your wonderful comments.

-- Norm, Connecticut

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#15 posted 02-04-2014 12:08 AM

Very nicely designed and built.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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