Miter Saw & Radial Saw station design question

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 06-03-2010 09:37 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2010 09:37 PM

I just picked up a used RAS and want to build a ‘saw station’ workbench to hold it and my SCMS. My existing workbench measures 2’x8’ and is at one end of a 19’ wall, so I think I’ll build the new bench at the same height and have it occupy the remaining 11’ on that wall – this way I have a 19’ long work surface. Now my question is regarding placement of the two saws. I think the miter box should go somewhere towards the middle since I need to be able to cut either end of a board with it, right? After looking at the layout on TNYW and some of the projects others have built on here, it seems that most people put their RAS somewhere near the end of the bench, and I’m assuming that’s to allow the maximum length for crosscutting boards? I don’t see myself ever doing anything other than simple crosscuts or dados with the RAS, so is there any situation where having it located at the end of the bench would be bad? I’m just trying to get my brain wrapped around this and fix any mistakes before I build it.

EDIT: Hmm, I guess if I were needing to do a dado in the middle of a board, then having it at the end of the bench would be bad. I guess I should leave it 6’ or so away from the end, that seems like it ought to give me enough room, yes?

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 09:42 PM

I had that configuration for a number of years and found I hardly use the RAS so I took out the RAS and made it dedicated miter saw station.

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 09:59 PM

Thanks Jim. I think the great thing about these two tools is that you can have them share the same bench without getting in the way of each other.

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 10:05 PM

Well, you could have the best of both worlds. Make the other bench and then make a small pedestal for each of the saws on wheels. You can swap them out in the center or the end depending on the job. This would also allow you to have both set up for two steps in a production run as well if they didn’t need the whole space.

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