The Miter Saw Station
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
I consider the miter saw to be a rough tool and don’t need a dedicated station for it. What I need is more storage. Housing my miter saw and supporting large boards is icing on the cake.
I scoured the Internet for ideas. I need good dust collection, therefore a dust shroud is a must. I need more work surface, so a miter fence is out of the question. It would only get in the way. Most importantly, storage is at the top of my priority list, so drawers are better than shelves. I didn’t find what I was looking for on the Internet, so only a custom design would do.
This is the design that I came up with: two separate cabinets, with a miter saw support in the middle. Each cabinet has four drawers and an open space for larger tools. A dust hood goes behind the miter saw and between the two cabinets (not shown).
I built the cabinet bases from 3/4-inch birch plywood. For the tops, I used 3/4-inch melamine with oak trim. I made the base runners from 4×4 material, and installed lag bolts for quick leveling of each cabinet. I constructed the drawer boxes from 1/2-inch Sandeply plywood. I used cheap drawer pulls and Blum style drawer slides.
With the cabinet’s complete, I began working on the dust hood. I wasn’t happy with my first design at all. The saw interfered with the hood, and it missed a lot of dust. As a result, I moved the dust port lower, and built a larger hood. I am much happier with my second design.
I hope that this is the last batch of shop cabinets I’ll be making for a while. With the miter saw station complete, it’s time to start building some furniture! Stay tuned.