Mitre Saw Station
You probably realise from the “proper” spelling of mitre that I come from the UK ☺
I am new to this forum and thought I’d like to share my new shop-built mitre saw station with you. The idea and the drawings came from a Canadian woodworking magazine I bought in Canada during a trip in March 2007. I bought several magazines during that trip and am very envious of the quality and quantity of woodworking magazines available in the US and Canada compared to those available here in the UK.
Anyway – the Mitre Station. The article said to build from ¾ plywood but I built mine from ¾ MDF because I had plenty available in the workshop. Everything was made or adapted from scrap and salvaged material and the only things I bought were the steel pipes for the extension arms. The article recommended 1 inch tubes but I used ¾ inch (20mm here in the UK) because I had some scrap hardwood exactly 20mm thick salvaged from some old kitchen units. I didn’t finish the station as carefully as I might as I was in a hurry to put it to work. It took me just one day (about 7 hours) to cut and assemble the unit. I had intended to leave the saw bolted to the table but the whole assembly is too heavy to lift safely so I detach the saw and store it separately after each use. The only thing left to do in the photos is to attach the stop blocks to the outer arms but I didn’t have any t-nuts left so that is a small job for next time in the workshop.
The original plans had carrying handles cut into the arms on the table, but I thought the whole assembly would be too heavy to carry using handle holes cut into an edge mount ¾ inch MDF component so I left them off. I have since drilled through the base on the inside of the arms and added rope lifting handles.
Malcolm Webb (Lincoln, UK)
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