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    Mitre Saw Station

    I'm planning to build something similar to the one Norm built on New Yankee Workshop. Has anyone here purchased this project plan from Norm's site and could you provide any comments?

    I'm looking for ideas...

    -Kevin
    "He who dies with the most toys is none the less dead."

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    Thumbs up Miter Saw Station, Norms

    Don't have the room for a stationary miter saw station but bought the plans anyway, to see how he had set it up. Modified the plan to suit my "mobile miter station".
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    Hi Kevin

    I bought the plans from the NYW, (had the video off the TV). I changed up the plan considerably for my needs. I didn't have quite the space the NYW has, (bummer) so I made it a bit shorter by eliminating the space Norm kept his morticer, but kept the other 4 cabinet spaces the same size to help with drawer demension planning. Still need to make the drawers and pullouts.

    I also have a DeWalt SCMS, so I made table top itself deeper (approx. 40" instead of around 32" IRRC). Also I made the whole unit a bit shorter as I was going for the same table height as my table saw (35" total) to help support larger sheet goods.

    I also changed from a entirely flat surface with having support structures on each side of the MS table , to buliding the part my SCMS sits on so the the top of the SCMS was flat and level with the top of the rest of the MS station. I wanted the ability to remove the fences on both sides should I need the table space. I used Incra fences and shopstop and it's worked out well.

    Chris

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    I made a mitersaw station for my shop a couple of years back, it uses a bit of Incra track for the wings. For more details you can check my site http://www.geocities.com/stevenowilson and look at the chopsaw station
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    Space

    I thought everyone had lots of shop space. If my trusty ole Radial Arm Saw ever kicks the bucket (heaven forbid ) I would replace it with a SCMS in the same place. That would give me 10' of counter space to the left and 12' to the right See picture below. I don't know if I would continue to hang my shop aprons on it though
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    The portable solutions look great but I want a permanent installation that provides storage. Although I don't have as many routahs as Norm, I could use the space.

    I have a DeWalt radial arm saw that's older than me. I also have a DeWalt 12" CMS. The New Yankee setup would be ideal but I'm still not certain I would elevate the mitre saw and the fence the way Norm did. Ken's setup look's pretty close to the type of thing I want to do in my shop.

    I'm also considering using fancy alumin track on my fence but I'm not sure how beneficial that would be. Thanks for the replies...

    -Kevin
    "He who dies with the most toys is none the less dead."

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    I didn't build Norm's version, but I did build a permanent miter saw station based on Chris Gochnour's that was featured in Fine Woodworking a few years back. There is an article and construction pictorial on my site that you can look through for some ideas. BTW, I do use the same down-draft dust collection method that Air Handling Systems installed in the New Yankee Workshop miter station.
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    Not My Idea but...

    it works for me. It appears that most people like to extend the fence from their CMS or SCMS along each side like Norm. I found this to be a PIA and used up too much bench space in my small shop. I read somewhere about sinking T-track into the bench face and adding sliding stop. It allows the bench space to be used for other things, but still provides a positive stop when I need it. I'll try and post a pic of what I'm talking about, but this will be my first attemp and of course I have not read the user's guide...

    Jim R.
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    Re: Not My Idea but...

    Originally posted by Jim Rahbe
    I read somewhere about sinking T-track into the bench face and adding sliding stop. It allows the bench space to be used for other things, but still provides a positive stop when I need it.
    You bring up a good point, especially for shops that are "space challenged". What I did on my setup was to make the fences removable by using some threaded inserts and studs with knobs after using some dowels to "key" them exactly into place. If I need the space, they can come off in less than a minute and be reinstalled in exact alignment later on. The miter saw can also be lifted out with the removal of four screws. A blank insert for the space makes that surface level with the rest of the table. (I have never built the insert to date as my shop expansion last summer offered more options for space in the shop)

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