Miter saw table, build or buy? Looking for some general advice.

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 12-06-2010 05:31 AM 6618 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2010 05:31 AM

My current miter saw setup is a plywood bench with a recess the width and height of my miter saw in it, so the top of the miter saw bed is coplanar with the bench. This works ok, but I built the bench out of cheap plywood and 2×4s and it isn’t exactly flat, so it’s not as nice as I would like. I’ve been thinking about building a raised set of tables like the Biesemeyer setup linked below:

I have the episode of TNYW where Norm built his version of a miter saw table, and it looks pretty easy to build. The Biesemeyer stuff also looks pretty easy to duplicate. I guess my question is what do you guys have in your shops? I use my miter saw to break down long rough stock, so I need more than 4 or 5 feet of workpiece support to the left of the blade like a lot of the smaller stands I’ve seen have. I have plenty of space and am not worried about portability, I’m planning to build something big and permanent.

It seems like MDF would probably be the best thing to use since it’s close to perfectly flat, the only concern I’d have would be durability. Maybe I could use melamine or laminate the MDF with formica. As far as I know, MDF is also pretty dimensionally stable, right Any reason not to use MDF?

What do you use for your workpiece stops? Something commercial or did you make them yourself? I see that Kreg has a kit you can buy, but it’s pricey and I think I could probably make something just as good.

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 05:48 AM

Here is a link with quite a few plans on it.

Currently I use a 10 ft wall that I have two miter saws on. Basically a 24” deep surface with the shelves that are adjustable to make the saw the same level as the surface. I also use a t-track with a stop block and tape measure from right to left on my makita scms so I can make cuts a lot easier.

PS: I just ordered a t-trac and a t-bolt with a knob 1/4 20×2” I think. The stop I just cut from MDF and the bolt/knob goes in the mdf and it slides back and forth through the t-trac. You can save some time by buying the kreg, but i found it fun to make my own stop and route the dado for the t-track :) Gives me more experience also :D :D


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#2 posted 12-06-2010 06:09 AM

I bought mine. It is a fold up model with extensions that pull out on either side. I needed portability for this saw.It is one of the ones that is very stable when set up. It has wheels under it to move it around when folded. I am very happy with it.

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 06:22 AM

From the looks of your shop, you’re all set up to do really accurate (and longish) crosscuts on your tablesaw. If it were me, I’d invest in a super duper miter gauge (e.g. Osbourne) or instead build the ultimate cross cut sled. I think stuff like Norms setup or the amazon link you provided is FANTASTIC if you need precision cutting, but it doesn’t look like you do because of your TS setup.

In my shop I have a folding stand for the miter saw. I have planned for a long time to build a cradle for the stand that would allow me to collapse its (broadly spread) legs and instead support it from the wall. Then I’ll have a piece of fixed furniture for the shop, but with the ability to pick it up and tote it elsewhere when I need to.

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 06:33 AM

This is almost the setup I have. It’s permanent and does the job.


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#5 posted 12-06-2010 07:51 AM

Make the beisey or the photobucket one. The photobucket one I would put saw more to one end though.

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 03:06 PM

I’m in the process of building one similar to this one Miter saw station

I’ll be using MDF for the top and laminating tempered hardboard on top.

Mine will set in an area with no back wall, so no worries about room for the slider.

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 03:52 PM

Thanks All. Thiel, the Osbourne is on my Xmas list, so here’s hoping.

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 05:45 PM

I built this one:

I’ve had it for a couple of years and have been very pleased with it.

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