Miter Saw / October 31, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson.
Miter saws can be used in a woodworking shop as a permanently installed tool or on the jobsite as a portable or semi-portable unit. I will discuss the construction of miter saw tables appropriate to both types of installations. The purpose of a miter saw table is two-fold: (1) to elevate the saw to a comfortable working height for the operator and (2) to provide a surface to the left and/or right of the saw for the extension of the fence and to provide support for long materials while being cut. If you have ever tried to cut a 45-degree miter at one end of a 2 x 6 x 12 you know why a miter saw table or roller stand is absolutely required. Very often miter saws are used to make repetitive cuts of the same length.
This is a big saw with a big bite - and while its nearly big enough for your general contractor its perfectly suited for every craftsman hobbyist and do-it-yourself-er. Hitachi also builds a formidable light-duty compound miter saw in their C10FCE2. With an intensely powerful motor and full range of cutting flexibility the saw truly has the authority to boast its colors at any contractors jobsite while still being perfectly suited for homeowners. The CF10FCE2 is comfortable to use and is extremely lightweight at only 26.3 lbs enhancing its portability. An extended flip fence raising 4" allows users to accommodate large workpieces and vertically cut crown molding and with convenient access to the saws brushes replacing these little buggers is a nearly effortless task.
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.
A fence can be attached to the back side of the 4 x 4. Use a 1 x 6 or 1 x 8 clear fir board for this purpose. As in the permanent table above the front of the fence must align perfectly with the miter saws metal fence. If a wider support surface is needed a second 4 x 4 can be mounted directly in front of the one with the fence attached to it. A Kreg Trak system with a flip-up stop can also be used on this portable miter saw table. Just make sure the wooden fence is ripped to the proper height to allow the flip-up stop to clear the table by 1/16". (Fence is 2 1/4" + above the top of the 4 x 4.) As for the support table I have used a plastic fold-up table from Costco. They come in various sizes to suit your particular need. Or you can make your own table out of 2 x 4s and 3/4" plywood. Design it so that the legs can fold up for transportation and storage.