|Forum topic by Vrtigo1||posted 12-06-2010 05:31 AM||6703 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
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.