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Forum topic by EEngineer posted 08-22-2013 11:03 AM 1385 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2013 11:03 AM

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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.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 02:57 PM

Well done EE,I like the adjustable fences,comact design.I still use an old workmate table since I don’t have as much room around it like you do .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 04:06 PM

EE, this turned out nicely and will make a good addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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