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mathguy1981

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09-27-2018 12:27 AM

Hi all,

I’m looking to design a miter saw station that had a lot of flexibility. I’m using the standard design of the saw in the middle of two taller base cabinets so that everything is flush and you have a large fence system in place. What I’m wondering is, can I place my bench grinder and/or vice on the corner of this station is some sort of modular tongue and grove base plate system so that I can remove them when I need to cut a long piece of stock in the miter saw? Or a slide out of the way sort of system that is also very sturdy. Has anyone build something they could post pictures of?

Thanks all,

Aaron

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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 09-27-2018 02:54 AM

Might not fit your needs worth a darn, but my favorite platform to sit a miter chop saw on is a wheeled platform with cabinets to make my working height + – 45”. I also don’t do what you mentioned about putting the saw dead middle. I set mine far right, and have a fold down arm that can support about 4’ of addition to the right side. So I end up with about 6’ right, and over 8’ left.

I like mine wheeled because I do use it in the shop to rough cut stock to length, but my biggest use is when I bring wood home, it’s often 16’ lengths, and that just doesn’t fit well in the shop, plus I haven’t needed more than 6’ for a furniture piece, mush less a box in a LONG time. I also don’t use a chopper for trim, accuracy cuts, or a lot of what others do. I use a sled on my TS for most of that, the really long trim work, gets cut at a miter box, you know the accurate ones with a hand saw. :-)

Anyhow like you are planning I put a lot of tools on the back side of my fence on that rig. Near the saw itself you are limited by the saw, it’s swing, and anything you use to try to knock down the flying dust, so centered you are giving up a lot of real estate for other tools riding along.

Probably you won’t see this, but it works like a charm for me, and yes I have had that “set in the middle of a fixed wall” way in the back of the shop where I had to trip over everything when I brought wood home. I think it has to do with what you expect from the tool maybe.

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LittleShaver

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 12:35 PM

I have my chop saw set on a rolling base with the bed at 36”, the same height as all my benches and other tools. Roll it up to the end of the bench for long pieces, roll it out of the way when not in use.

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mathguy1981

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 08:00 PM



Might not fit your needs worth a darn, but my favorite platform to sit a miter chop saw on is a wheeled platform with cabinets to make my working height + – 45”. I also don t do what you mentioned about putting the saw dead middle. I set mine far right, and have a fold down arm that can support about 4 of addition to the right side. So I end up with about 6 right, and over 8 left.

- therealSteveN

That’s not something I had considered Steve, thanks! I’m starting to think having the miter saw on a rolling platform might be excellent.

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mathguy1981

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 08:01 PM



I have my chop saw set on a rolling base with the bed at 36”, the same height as all my benches and other tools. Roll it up to the end of the bench for long pieces, roll it out of the way when not in use.

- LittleShaver


That is a good idea, as Steve suggested it would provide more flexibility that way if I have the saw mobile, and everything else fixed.

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 08:38 PM

I have not done this yet, but been considering putting a receiving hitch on the corner of my miter bench to have a removable machinist vise. I don’t see any reason that would not work for other small machines like a grinder, mounted belt sander, buffing wheel, etc. Harbor Freight used to sell a vise plate specifically for that. They still have a hitch step that looks like it could be modified easily, or if you can weld make up your own out of scrap.

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#6 posted 10-12-2018 03:28 PM

When I worked in a shop where the boss was a neat freak, he asked if I had any ideas to make the surface of the wall length workbenches uncluttered and tidy. I ended up cutting 2 rectangles in the tops with all the edges at an angle, like when you cut the top of a pumpkin. Mounting the vise on the bottom side of one of these rectangles, and the grinder on the underside of the other rectangle. Then attaching them to the top with piano hinges so they could flip up when you wanted to use them. When not in use they folded back and out of sight.

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