Portable Miter Saw Station from Woodsmith Shop Plans

This is a great project from Woodsmith Shop Plans which are free by the way. It's very straight forward and can be built from common construction grade lumber. Its made from 1/2" plywood, Douglas Fir 2" X 4" X 8' & 2" x 6" x 8" lumber, T TRACK, 2" X 2" X 1/" X 6' aluminium angle and hardware.

I used cabinet grade maple plywood for the support bases for the fence and the saw and I used poplar for the fence faces and the center guide. The base uses I beam construction with a guide strip that the supports are keyed to and allows you to slide the supports and saw to varying positions depending what your cutting. The fence is made from Poplar and aluminum angle that makes up 2 3' fences. It is very accurate since the supports are keyed to the center guide and the fence is keyed into the support clocks. When not in use you can build a wall mounted rack or you can remove the saw and stow the fence and store it on a french cleat.

I've had the miter saw for many years I just couldn't justify the expense of the factory made saw platforms and I've seen several shop made platforms that just didn't ring my bell for one reason or other until I saw the episode from Woodsmith shop when they built this station.

My wife and I are getting ready to build a shed and I want a quality built shed plus I'm tired of using the old standby folding table so I convinced the wife I needed a miter saw station. I still have a few items left and as I head to the finish line I will post better pics of the stations features, or you can go to www.woodsmithshop.com and see the plans that you can download for free. A truly great site. Thanks for viewing!

P.S. The last pic is of our 1 year old 150 lb Saint. She hangs out with me in the garage when shes not terrorizing the 2 shihzu's or shes lounging up in the master bed. Shes a real sweet heart but hard headed but shes finally responding to training.

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Comment by Ron Dudelston on May 18, 2012 at 5:16am

Great idea Mike.  I take it that the one picture is of your supervisor.


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Comment by Lewis Kauffman on April 29, 2012 at 9:02pm

This turned out fantastic!


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Comment by Mike Dillen on April 29, 2012 at 5:11pm

After squaring the saw I added the measuring tapes and this project is complete. It cuts square and is accurate and this is something I've needed for a long time. I can now cross cut wood without having to use the table saw sled and make repetitive cuts with the stop block. 


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Comment by Lewis Kauffman on April 28, 2012 at 6:47pm

Agree about the swelling and wear on the key. The tape recess should also keep the imprinted numbers from wearing off, too.


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Comment by Mike Dillen on April 28, 2012 at 5:19pm

Today I built the adjustable stop that attaches to the fences. The plans called out for a hard board key recessed into the stop block but because of wear and the possibility of swelling of the hardboard if it gets wet I used 1/4" aluminum and epoxied it into the block. I also drilled shallow holes into the block grove and the aluminum key to give the epoxy some teeth to hold the key in place. The plans also called for attaching the self adhesive tapes to the top of the fences but to prevent the tapes from lifting during everyday use I cut a shallow recess in the top of both fences to protect the edges of the measuring tapes. I cut and attached a piece of clear poly-carbonate with a scribed and colored hairline. The last thing I need to do is mount a new blade double check the saw for square and then attach the measuring tapes. Thanks for viewing and look forward to your critiques.

Comment by Mike Dillen on April 28, 2012 at 8:43am

Thanks Lewis! Lewis for now I plan to use it as a portable to build our shed and once I've cleared the garage of items that can't be used for wood working and located them in the shed I will make the wall bracket. Once I get it set up in the garage it'll allow me to do my cross cuts on the miter saw and keep the table saw set up for ripping unless I have a cross cut larger than 8 inches.


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Comment by Lewis Kauffman on April 28, 2012 at 7:45am

Thant's really a nice setup, Mike!

I like the "open" fence system. Seems that will eliminate most of the problems with dust/chip buildup causing out of square cuts.

Are you going to use it "portable" or make the wall mount for it?


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Comment by Mike Dillen on April 27, 2012 at 1:10pm

I got the fences trued up & constructed and added the toggle clamps. The fences are registered in slots cut into the supports and non skid tape is in the slots which keeps the fences from moving when clamping them down.

All thats left is cutting the T bolts to length and installed, adding the self adhesive rulers to the top of the fences and then construct the adjustable stop block. Thanks for viewing!

 

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