Modular Miter Station - Phase 1 - The Foundation
Workshop upgrades have never been fun. Usually because I am doing them at odd hours or on the weekends because they just had to be done. But since teaming up with Kreg Tool to create a series of workshop plans to put on their DIY project plan site BuildSomething.com, I have been having a blast with shop upgrades. I think its been so fun because I got to plan my workspace around what was going to work for me and something that I could grow into…. always want to be planning ahead!
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So what I came up with was a Modular Miter Station. Phase 1 - The Foundation is the foundation, but Phase 2 - Air Cart and Phase 3 - Assembly Cart are just AWESOME and open up so much possibility and organizing space. The two carts are the same height so they can be combined to create one bigger workbench. They both are also the perfect height to work as an out feed table for my table saw. And they both house tools and supplies within an arms reach making completing tasks super convenient. And then lastly Phase 4 - Dust Hood just wraps the whole station up and keeps it clean and makes the shop healthier to work in.
Before you head over to BuildSomething.com to check out the build plans for each phase, let me tell you a little bit more about Phase 1 - The Foundation.
Phase 1 of the Modular Miter Station series is what I am calling “The Foundation”. It is where my miter saw will live and it will house all the other pieces. My last miter saw was on wheels and while that was cool, I hardly ever moved it. And since this new miter station was going to be double the size of my old one I decided to leave The Foundation stationary.
This was a very straight forward easy build and can be customized to your saw. The middle section I have 30”W to house my massive Ridgid Miter Saw. If your saw isn’t as big as mine you can definitely save some space my making this narrower. Just be sure before changing the dimensions and starting to build that you check your saw in all its positions to make sure it will work… like its biggest miter or bevel cut etc.
And a very important step on this build is making sure that the middle section is installed exactly at the same depth as your miter saw table height. And easy was to check this height is to use a carpenter’s square (L-shaped ruler) and set it on the miter saw table bed and let it hang over the table top to see what the distance is. Then once you know the distance I would make four spacer blocks at that exact height and use them when installing the middle section.
If you garage is anything like mine I recommend adding feet levelers to the eight (8) legs. Keeping everything levels and square on the foundation is going to ensure your cuts on your new miter station are going to be square. Here is a link to the ones I got. They are very affordable, easy to install and easy to adjust.
This post is sponsored by Kreg Tool & BuildSomething.com. All opinions, pictures, design, and published plans are my own!
Okay so here is the link to the plans so that you can start building Phase 1 - The Foundation for your own Modular Miter Station.
Happy Building and have an AWESOME day!