I have been slowly trying to get my garage/workshop organized and easy to work in as a shared space. Two major things that I have issues with are storage and work space. I use this old table as an assembly table/ miter saw stand. I am tired of pulling the heavy miter saw on and off the table and want a permanent spot for it. But since it’s my garage, it really does need to be mobile.
The features that I want in a miter saw stand are:
- #1 – Plenty of support for the boards being cut – no more cantilevering an 8′ board off of the small miter saw table!
- Useful space – room for my tape measure and plans, but I want to keep the cut space clear (I have a clutter problem).
- Room for a vacuum
- Measuring guide for easy repeat cuts.
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I’m excited with the result, it has TONS of storage with the two 4′ cabinets and two 2′ shallow drawers. It is quite large because it has 4′ on each side of the miter saw. If you don’t want a cabinet that large, the plans can be easily modified to only 2′ on each side of the saw.
This mobile miter saw station and storage unit calls for 3 sheets of 3/4″ birch plywood (about $50 each) and 1 sheet of 1/4″ plywood (about $12). It includes the Kreg Precision Trak and Stop Kit on top of the fence to make repeat cuts nice and easy. Did I mention, I’m so excited…what an upgrade!
I did customize the miter saw station for my Dewalt Miter Saw, but it should work with any miter saw. The plans note to measure the saw width, table height and how far the miter arm swings.
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Notes about the build:
I rarely ask my husband for help on projects, but when I do, it’s usually to help me cut down full sheets of plywood on the table saw. He doesn’t really like to help cut full sheets because it’s a little stressful, if the plywood sheet starts going a little crooked then it can get bound up and that’s not good. So getting a Rip Cut, may possibly be a marriage saver 🙂 Now I can cut down full sheets of plywood by myself!!!
I like using the Rip Cut, but there is one flaw, it can only cut up to 2′ wide. So if you need to cut the center of the plywood sheet you are SOL. To solve that issue, Kreg now has the Accu-Cut which is a simple guide that you just place on the plywood (no clamps, it has a rubber bottom). You use the same sled thing attached to your circular saw for the Rip Cut and the Accu-cut!
Once the plywood is down to manageable pieces, I still like to cut the exact sizes on my table saw. I do have building buddies that don’t use a table saw and build everything with the Rip cut/Accu-cut.
Setting up the Accu-Cut
It took me a few minutes to get the Accu-Cut assembled and ready to go.
First you attach the two 2′ tracks together with the provided bars and set screws.
Then you put the sled on the miter saw, this takes a bit of patience. You need to center the blade in the sled slot, set the right side position stop (gray block) and snug the little swing arms with set screws. The swing arms help hold the circular saw base to the sled.
Finally you adjust for zero clearance (see set up guide) and you’re ready to go. Just remember, this isn’t a track saw, it’s really a fancy and handy ‘guide’ for your circular saw. I’m really happy with the results.
Once you get the plywood sheets cut up, you’re halfway there!
A couple of things to think about when you’re building the miter saw station, is your miter saw swing arm and table height. If your miter saw arm swings beyond the miter saw base you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for it to swing fully right or left.
The plans allow for this, but you’ll want to know how much your saw swings to make sure there is enough room.
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