|Forum topic by Button43||posted 05-15-2013 06:27 PM||3122 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-15-2013 06:27 PM
Hey guys I am in the process of re-configuring my whole garage to turn it in to a woodworking shop and I ran in to an issue last night. I am/was planning to build a miter saw station for my Dewalt DW708 sliding miter saw, but when I put it on a temp bench in the position I want to put it I ran in to an issue I know a lot of people encounter – it takes up too much space. In the position where it has room to slide in and out, and to be able to do miters, it sticks too far out in to my workspace. I am in a 2 car garage, with laundry, 3 motorcycles, and a motorcycle lift so space is at a premium.
I am thinking I have two options. The first is to buy a new saw like the Kapex, Bosch, or Hitatchi which need zero clearance behind them so I can push it flush against the wall. It is hard to justify buying a new saw when I have a perfectly good saw, especially since there are tools that I don’t have at all that the money would be better spent on.
My second option is to perhaps build some sort of sliding tray that the miter saw sits on that can be pulled out when I need to use it and can be pushed back out of the way when not in use.
I am leaning towards the second option, and I was thinking I could make the sliding saw tray with some heavy duty drawer slides, but I am worried that the saw and tray will sag, when extended out, putting the saw out of square with the bench fences I plan on building in to the station. I don’t have drywall on the wall so the saw has a few extra inches to go back between the studs. In total I think I only need the saw to slide out 7 or 8 inches.
Does anyone have any information on this type of set up? I have been looking around online but haven’t come up with much. Does anyone have any other creative solutions to my issue?
Thanks in advance.
-- - Chris