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Fine Woodworking Miter Saw Station

September 5, 2014 by Feddie

 

The one tool in my shop that I use by far more than anything else is my miter saw.  For the last four years I have had my miter saw set up on a contractor type stand.  It’s a really nice stand but it’s more suited for a job site scenario than it is for a woodworking shop.  A few years ago I picked up a copy of Fine Woodworking Issue Number 209.  In that issue they had a really cool modular type miter saw stand.  I’ve been wanting to build this thing for a while but just never found the time. Finally, with the arrival of my CNC machine imminent, I realized I had to make the time to build it so I could free up some space.

Folded 2I like having the ability to fold the table up and shuttle the cart around to wherever I need it.  I incorporated the Kreg fence/stop system on my table.  I am a big Kreg fan and really like almost all of their products.  I am really excited to have the Kreg stops.  I use stops all of the time in my projects, but until now, a stop to me has been a block of wood and a clamp.  The Kreg stops will allow me to have much more precision and confidence in the knowing I am cutting identical and repeatable parts.

The entire project can be built with two sheets of 4X8 3/4″ plywood.  I used a cabinet grade maple plywood for mine so it would look a little more polished and nice.  The plans called for assembly with drywall and wood screws.  I prefer using pocket screws because I think they make a better and stronger assembly, so I broke out the Kreg Jig and went to town.

 

Fully Extended FenceIn my research leading up to the project I found a couple of guys who are smarter than me who had taken the time to write the project up and post it on their own blogs.  I am not going to re-invent the wheel here because they have documented the project in words and pictures much better than I could.  Rather, I am going to send you to their website for that (links below).  The one guy, Jeff Branch, made a Sketchup drawing of the project.  He did a bang up job!  You could build this project from his Sketchup drawing and using my video (below) as a companion.  You won’t even need the Fine Woodworking plans!  I’ll put the Sketchup download link below also.

 

StopsThis was a fun project and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  It’s not the kind of project you can build in a day.  It’s definitely an entire weekend project.  I’ve put Amazon product links below to the various components I used so take a look at those.  If you take a notion to build this then look at my video series too.  And be sure to lemme know how yours turns out.  I’d love to see a picture of your finished project.  Good luck!



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LINKS TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND SKETCHUP MODEL:

https://jeffbranch.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/miter-saw-stand-getting-started-2/

http://www.woodworkerswebsite.com/Miterstand.html

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?redirect=1&mid=d6c623ec3ab249f2912bf37629776903

 

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