|Forum topic by EEngineer||posted 08-22-2013 11:03 AM||1134 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
08-22-2013 11:03 AM
This all started when the company I work for threw away 3 nice tabletops from some electronic benches. They were perfectly flat, size – 30” X 60”, 1 1/4” thick and laminated with a round bull-nose on the front edge. One of them made a nice workstation for the miter saw.
I built a base for the tabletop and mounted the sliding miter saw directly in the center of it. Just having the miter saw solidly mounted made it more useful. So I used it like this for a couple of projects:
You can see one of the problems with this in the picture – sawdust. So I added dust collection. See that here
I just finished the extensions for the miter saw table and fence.
I started with shelves from an Ikea entertainment center that I had rescued from the trash many years ago. Someone must have dropped the box they came in – one corner of each shelf was crushed – and I don’t think they were ever used. They were longer than I needed for this project so I just cut the damaged sections off. I cut carefully sized blocks to match the height of the miter saw deck:
The bottom of these shelves had two 1/4” grooves. I used one of them to mount a piece of 1/4” MDF trim to stiffen it up lengthwise:
Since they were only 5/8” thick and I wanted to route slots for T-track that had to be 3/8” thick, I glued some 1/2” MDF reinforcement to strengthen and give the T-track mounting screws something to bite:
Then I routed slots for the T-track and squared off the ends with a wood chisel:
And it came out like this:
The fences are nothing more than 2” angle aluminum right now. The T-tracks allow me to line it up with the miter saw fence and I have enough travel to support up to a 3” face mounted to it:
And that’s it for now:
It is definitely usable the way it is. In the future I would still like to add drawers in the pockets under the extensions and a face for the fences. Since the design accommodate faces up to 3” thick I can put all the bells and whistles on it – adjustable stops, rulers and even clamps to hold the workpiece.
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