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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 06-16-2013 05:56 PM 869 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2013 05:56 PM

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I am doing some remodeling/ reorganizing in my garage which doubles as my workshop. No cars are allowed! And haven’t been for the past 25 years.

I have an area about 8 foot long along one wall that I hope to build a miter saw station which will incorporate other tools as well to maximize storage and provide a place for other tools also.

My question is – do you see any problem with opening up a portion of the wall directly behind the miter saw and creating a shallow (3 inch) recess to give the saw more room to work? The wall is insulated and a bedroom is on the other side. I am only talking about making the recess wide enough to clear the saw when cutting at 45 deg both ways and maybe a 16 inches high. Actually 16×16 would probably be more than enough. No change necessary to the interior wall.

That extra 3 inches would certainly help. I wouldn’t have to build the cabinets as deep which would allow more room to move around.

Here is a pic of the area where the miter saw station is going to be built.

Your thoughts appreciated.

Note: I have done this before in a bathroom. This is what I am proposing to do.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 08:22 PM

I think it’s a good idea. The only concern would be noise in the next room.

Dust collection on a miter saw is such a challenge. I wonder if you’re stumbling onto something here. What if the opening were 14.5 inches wide and the bench didn’t go into the opening. That would create a slot 4 inches deep and 14.5 inches wide directly behind the saw. Maybe there would be a kind of deflector hood at the top of the opening.

Would sawdust be inclined to fall into that slot and down into a box that could be removed from the front of the cabinet for emptying? At the very least, dust which collects in the neighborhood could be brushed to the slot and be dealt with later in a more efficient manner.



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#2 posted 06-16-2013 08:50 PM

Thanks Lee. Good idea on the sawdust collection. It really is bad with this miter saw. Most of the time, I move it outside and set up which takes a few minutes for set up and tear down (including roller stands) and adverse weather conditions which is always free! :-(

It would certainly be much more productive to be able to just lay the board on the saw and make the cut and then move on to other tasks. That is what I am working on.

I have a project coming up which will be a paid project so I need to get my station built. I will be doing a lot of cross cuts which vary from 15 inches to 35 inches.

I will try to remember to take a lot of pics to document my efforts.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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