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Miter Saw Station

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Recently my father purchased a radial arm miter saw.  He bought the saw to re-build his front porch and also to make picture frames (out of the old decking he hopes).  During the process of deck building it became clear that the miter saw was difficult to move and required two saw horses to cut long lengths of wood.  I decided to build a stand that could not only hold the miter saw but also support medium length pieces of wood and be fairly mobile.

I scoured the internet for free plans or ideas.  After doing some research I finally got a good idea of how to proceed with the stand. During the building process we ran into a lot of problems and ultimately learned a lot about wood working and learned a few tricks that might help me in the future building of my own miter saw stand some day.

We decided to make a stand that had a shelf for clamps and any other tools needed, as well as a scrap wood bin.  I had seen this bin in used in a shop notes version of a miter saw stand.  I did not want to buy the plans for this miter saw so I went by the pictures i could find.  This is my attempt at making a version of this miter saw.

***Because of our lack of wood working experience I will not make this instructable a step by step version.  Rather a show and tell of important things we learned and how the stand turned out.  I am sorry for our lack of experience, I am 24 years old and hope to some day be skilled enough to make nice looking furniture.  It is experiences like this that teach and humble the inexperienced.

*** Please be careful when using power tools and sharp objects.  It is good to experiment and learn from doing but please read instruction first.
 
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pmcquain1 year ago
Great functional design. I've had that issue of Shop Notes you mention for a few years, but haven't gotten around to it. It does include notes on making stops for the fence though, which are essential for any repetitive cuts. You can make do with a c-clamp and a scrap of wood in a pinch. One handy "mod" would be to add a "sacrificial" fence to the left side of the saw in-line with the left wing back fence. Once you cut it off, it will help to quickly see where the cut will be. I think you've inspired me to get started on mine finally :)
KentM1 year ago
A very smart and efficient design. I especially like the folding 'wings' to support long work pieces. I also built a miter saw stand but yours is definitely more functional. I'll be updating mine to take advantage of your great idea. And, by the way, the Kreg jig is a great way to go when learning to build furniture. I've got a post on Instructables if you are interested. Hope to see you posting many future projects!
gilleseg (author)  KentM1 year ago
Its rough to say the least and it was my dads saw. I hope to build one for my 12" sliding miter saw this summer. But we will see. I have a new born so my projects may be child-centric. My winter projects will be small with a couple coming soon.
snoyes3 years ago
Neat. When I have my garage cleaned out enough, I'll do something similar with my miter saw (and my drill press, if I can figure out how to make it so the wings can be adjusted to different heights along with the table). Having a scrap box is a good idea, except I'll probably just put a plastic bucket there instead, since it will be lighter and have a built-in handle.

Step 5 - couldn't you have put the t-nut on the underside?

gilleseg (author)  snoyes3 years ago
I tried putting the t-nut on the inside and that resulted in the wood piece not fitting in the slot. I like the bar clamp idea and it works well. Also I have an extra bar clamp handy if i don't need to use the one side.


IF you make one for your drill press I would love to see an instructable. Also there are a few instructables on organizing, for when you clean up that garage. If you get it cleaned up I would love to see your version of the miter saw station. I hope to make my own in the next few years (When I buy my first home).

Thanks for commenting!!
I like the idea of installing the T-nut on the underside. As for the wood piece not fitting you'd have to rout out a recess for the T-nut flange. It could be routed out easily with an appropriately sized forstner bit on your drill press. Instead of using the thumb screw you could use a 1/4X20 star knob and bolt. I think that would be easier to tighten.
mlelievre3 years ago
If you put the T-nut on the other side of the wood it won't pull through
kleinjahr3 years ago
Nicely done.
To prevent movement while cutting you can, simply put wedges in place. A more elegant solution is to put your wheels on the face of a 2 by 4 then hinge the edge to your unit. Kick them down and roll around. Kick em up and wheels up.
Nice try and good lessons to learn from such a project.
Here is one variation of that type of miter saw station which I have design. Notice the differences and also I have addet a dust hood and collection system for it.
Mitersaw Station V1.jpg
good looking design, can you upload the plans?
rimar20003 years ago
Very good work!
gilleseg (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thanks it's not perfect but it gets the job done.