Miter Saw / November 7, 2018 / Albertina Davide.
A good saw stand will be sturdy portable easy to fold up and store and contain extension arms to support extra-long pieces of wood. Whether you are a business professional with a large work load or committed DIYer that is planning to tackle some home improvement projects a miter saw and saw stand will be an invaluable piece of equipment in your workshop. Choosing a saw and stand will be a decision that should not be taken lightly. Decide how often you will be using them what kind of projects and wood crafting you will be performing and where the saw and stand will be located. If you travel a good amount get a stand that is light weight folds up and features wheels for easy transportation. If the stand will be set up in a busy workshop look for one that is heavy duty sturdy and contains extension arms that will assist with large work pieces. Every carpenter and woodworker I know appreciates the chance to buy a new tool. In my case Id been looking for a reason to buy a compound miter saw for years. A few months ago my wife and I decided to undertake a major home remodeling project that required replacing a number of crown moldings as well as interior framing around windows.
If you were making repetitive cuts and you needed to stop to use the saw momentarily for a different kind of cut you could resume your repetitive cutting immediately without losing any accuracy. PORTABLE MITER SAW TABLE FOR JOBSITE USE A jobsite miter saw table is usually made with the saw mounted to the extreme right end of the table. I have found that most miter saw manufacturers make their metal table surfaces so that they are 3 1/2" above the table on which the saw is resting. A very straight milled 4 x 4 (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") can be mounted onto the table top almost abutting the left side of the metal table of the saw. The 4 x 4 should extend out the full length of the supporting table to the left and be mounted to the supporting table.
A slightly more expensive and far better alternative is to use a metal track or tracks with a flip-up stop and measuring tape built in. Such a device is manufactured by Kreg Tools and is available in 4-foot track lengths that can be butted together to make longer lengths. My miter saw table requires four 4-foot tracks two for each side of the saw. The track is mounted to the top of the wooden fence you just made. You will have to adjust the height of the wooden fence (2 1/4"+ above the table top) so that the bottom of the flip-up stop clears the table by about 1/16" in the down position. The nice thing about the flip-up stop is that it can be flipped up out of the way without losing its measurement setting along the measuring tape.
The saw must be mounted in this gap so that the top of the miter saw table is flush with the top of the saw table. The miter handle must be free to move its full travel in both directions left to right. Anticipate the need for this gap as you are framing the underside of your miter saw table because you will need to construct a shelf underneath to support the weight of the miter saw. You might want to make this shelf adjustable in micro increments so that you can get the top of the saw platform exactly flush to the top of the saw table. You can do this with lag screws with washers in sliding slots through the shelf sub-structure and into the table framing. Slightly loosen the lags and tap the table up or down with a rubber hammer before tightening the lags fully.