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post #1 of 18 Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Miter saw stand

I'm planning my shop layout and I'm trying to figure out if I need a dedicated miter saw stand. I figure most cross cuts can be done on a table saw but I do work with rough cut lumber saw cutting it to rough length will still be needed but I'm not sure a dedicated stand is necessary. I'm limited on space 12x20 so I'm curious what the consensus is for using a miter saw and if you use a dedicated stand.
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I find a lot of cross-cuts are cumbersome on the table saw.

The miter-saw on the other hand is perfect for this.

I'm building a dedicated mobile miter-saw cabinet with fold out wings. It will have passive dust collection( a hood) and bottom gravity collection, as well as active dust collection hooked up to vacuum or DC.

Guess it depends on what you are comfortable with, what kind of table saw you have,and whether or not you have a cross-cut sled for the table saw.

Sleds definitely make cross-cutting much easier on a table saw than one without one.

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Here is a good youtube video that shows you several different portable miter saw stands.

This kind of stand is more often seen at a job site than in a wood shop, but the reason why is they are portable. Most can fold up to a small size, so you could stow it away when you're not using it. Sounds perfect for your cozy shop.

The ones in the video range from, I think, $100 to $200.

A table saw is not the best tool for cross-cutting long boards to length.
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I have that Ryobi one shown in the video. It is very sturdy but I should of held off on that purchase. I bought it when I purchased my saw. Haven't used it. Takes up too much room in my shop.:(.
For now ,I just slapped together a quick stand out of mdf and 2 x 4s.
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I have been in the works of building one for almost a year. Just today cleared the wall where I had the Miter saw on saw horses. Moved the saw to a rolling work bench set it up to saw materials for the mitersaw station. I am trying to make the station long enough for other purposes, with storage under the bench, Im definately putting a shopvac under the saw for dust. That is about as far as I have got drawing it out as I type. But I really believe if I can design it right it will help me greatly. I use the mitersaw as much as the tablesaw. If it were me I would build it.
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All the purchased stands look aggravating to even be around with no place to lay material or cut offs so I built mine from a half sheet of cabinet grade plywood. It's 8 ft. long, stands against the wall when not in use if need be and takes only seconds to set up either on wall brackets, across saw horses either indoors or outdoors and transports easily in the pickup. It even has a fence to clamp a stop block. I've found miter saws that aren't a dedicated set up like a table saw don't get used to their full potential and that's a big mistake.
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You don't need a miter stand, but i'd never be without one again. Its way better than trying to use it on the ground, on a bucket, on the workbench...ect.
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I don't think I could live without my miter saw. I built a small stand with some 1/2" ply on the back to catch all the chips. If I had to do it again I would set the miter down into a small/long table that acts like an extension for the sides. Be sure to put a good blade on yours to minimize all the chip out that happens.
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I don't think I could live without my miter saw. I built a small stand with some 1/2" ply on the back to catch all the chips. If I had to do it again I would set the miter down into a small/long table that acts like an extension for the sides. Be sure to put a good blade on yours to minimize all the chip out that happens.
That's how I built mine. Essentially a torsion box built to the left and right of the cut out for the saw to drop into on top of a 1 ft. wide plywood piece.
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i really need to build a good miter saw stand for my slider, any ideas, plans, pics?

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i really need to build a good miter saw stand for my slider, any ideas, plans, pics?
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So a stand is the way to go with that being said do you find the need to use a cross cut sled for your table saw? With a good stand I'm not sure I see the benefit unless your cutting something wider than your miter.
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Nice job, great looking and functional.
I built one for myself very similar to this.
I leave a 3/16" X 3/16" or so slot under the fence so dust build-up does not prevent pieces from laying flat against fence for perfect square or angled cuts.
I also put a shallow dado slot in fence 1/2" up and contact cement a metal tape in for ease and speed of making cuts of different lengths right to the 32cd without having to measure and mark each board.
The clamp in picture can be used in conjunction with this for multiple cuts.
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One decision that should be made when building is portability. Some need that feature and some don't. I needed that feature and use it a lot.
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I basically built my 12x20 shop around my miter saw, based on plans in a book (can't recall the name). The basic concept is to build the miter saw table along the wall, then have the other tools on mobile bases that fit under the saw tables. These pics are old, and I now have a 6" jointer stored under the table on the right, and 14" band saw on the adjoining wall. The miter saw tables have tape measures along the top and sliding stops so cutting to length is fast. I can cut up to about 12 feet with this setup, longer stuff gets cut with a hand saw or hand circular saw.

The setup has worked great for me. There are things I'd change about my shop after about 5 years, but I'd keep the miter saw setup.
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So a stand is the way to go with that being said do you find the need to use a cross cut sled for your table saw? With a good stand I'm not sure I see the benefit unless your cutting something wider than your miter.
A lot of pieces that are too big to cut with a miter saw will also be too big for a table saw. Keep in mind your typical table saw blade is 10" and can cut a piece approximately 3" thick, but its cut can be unlimited length.

A 12" sliding miter saw can make thicker cuts and its maximum length of cut may be as much as 16". So all your typical dimensional lumber is able to be cut by your miter saw, until you start getting up to really big 7x14 frame boards or 6x6 deck posts.

So the table saw's length of cut is unlimited but a 10" table saw has less depth of cut than a 12" miter saw.
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Here's mine. I keep all my blades and some other saws and grinders in the section below. I build a dust collection hood out of some plexiglass desk chair pads. The hood has plates on the front that I leave in place when I am cutting 90's. They remove with wing nuts when I'm cutting angles.

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12 x 20 is relatively small space so I would be inclined to build a rolling miter saw stand with fold out wings. My work space is not much larger than yours and all my big power tools are on rolling cabinets except my drill press.
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