Miter Saw/RAS - How Important?

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Forum topic by Adamal posted 01-11-2015 05:12 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2015 05:12 PM

Hi all.

I’ve got a Sliding Miter Saw that I’ve been wanting to make a real table for and make it a semi-permanent tool in my shop. The closer I get to building it, the more I question the need for it. That’s a lot of wall space in a small shop and I find that with my sleds on the Unisaw, I don’t use it much.

I realize that everyone’s needs are different, but I was curious about what folks here think about the need for a dedicated miter/RAS station in a small shop as opposed to a portable cabinet for it or even just keeping it in a corner and throwing it on my assembly table when needed.


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#1 posted 01-11-2015 05:15 PM

My miter saw is essential because I often cut long pieces, but it sits on a bench and can be moved or taken with me. I’ve considered a more permanent station, but decided that takes up too much valuable space.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 05:26 PM

I have mine on a folding, rolling stand. I use it for cutting down long pieces. My shop is only 16×24 and things can get a bit unweildy in there, so I roll it outside and make smaller pieces out of the big pieces outside. :)

Then I just fold it up and roll it back into the shop and stand it in a corner.

I’ve also used it in the shop if the pieces are not 10 feet long.
The folding, rolling stand just makes it easier to keep handy yet stash out of the way in a small shop. It has made that one tool so much handier to use. Set-up or fold-up takes under a minute.

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 05:44 PM

I’ve got one but I hardly ever use it for anything other than breaking down larger stock and even for that I’ve started using a hand saw. My slider just takes up way too much room.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 05:54 PM

I won’t have a shop without an RAS ever again. But my miter saw and stand sit in the shed until home improvement projects come along.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 06:57 PM

I use my miter saw a lot. I built a modest length support table for it out of 2 X 4s and MDF. This is at a convenient height for me to work without bending over. Having the longer support surface and fence help when using the saw. I have a limited amount of space so I did not put the table against a wall. It serves as an island to organize a cluster for several machines. A dust collector and a jointer sit at one end with a separate main collection line supported underneath the table. Individual blast gates branch off of both sides for the miter saw, router table, planer, and bandsaw. I added a shelf off the back side for my grinder/sharpening station. Two power strips attached to the frame provide power for the tools. I added a bin with dividers under the legs at one end to organize all of my table saw blades. There is a bin right under the miter saw to gather all of the cutoffs. Several jigs, push sticks, etc. are hanging from the frame.

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 08:14 PM

12X20 workshop here. I have a stationary RAS on a cabinet and a 10” miter saw that I hang on the shop wall until angled cuts are needed. I use a removable platform that’s attached to my stationary work bench for the miter saw, so when not in use, it and the saw are stowed away. But I love my (gotten for free) 60s vintage c-man RAS.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 01-11-2015 08:45 PM

My miter saw sits on an aluminum stand which I can drag around if I really need to. I never do any crosscuts on my table saw.
My sliding Makita 1013ls is so darn accurate I can plunge into a 16” wide chunk of ply, flip it over and finish the cut with 2 or 3 thousandths of a line showing where the cuts meet.
So absolutely no need for a sled or anything like that.
For me my Makita is the centerpiece in my shop, and is the most important power tool.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 08:55 PM

my ras and sliding miter saw is on one bench set up, so they both use a common fence. I built it tall so it requires less bending over and both saws are in the center making a longer out feed on both sides. works great for me.

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 11:34 PM

I have always used mine outside on saw horses, but plan to build a proper station for it in my new shop.
Will use the same work support for my mortiser, and drill press.
Will also mount my 12” disk sander along there somewhere also because sometimes I use it to tweek a miter joint.

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