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Default Future Project...Miter Station

So as I'm sitting here mind-assembling my future shop (sorta like window shopping)...

I'm thinking of my future miter saw station...a very basic question comes to mind...

Just how long should it be...on either side of the bay for the saw...?

This might be a vague question and am sure it has more to do with how long a piece will be cut but there is probably a reasonable length where it won't be too long or too short, reasonably speaking.

What are your experiences and what have you been happy with...? What are you running and did you ever have the feeling it was too long or too short...?

I'm thinking 4 feet max on each side...any longer and out comes the square and circ saw over a couple of horses. On the other hand, along comes crown molding...I'm more inclined to use the saw on the ground and prop it up accordingly.

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at least 75% of the longest piece you'll be chopping up...
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A number of things come to mind here. A lot of folks don't use their miter saw as a primary shop tool. I understand that, but I am not one of them. I use my miter saw in every project so my station is central to my shop. Another point is shop size. My shop is narrow, and floor space is limited, so I dedicated one wall to my saw station. The same station also has my router table. The last point that I can think of is how the saw is used. I break down rough lumber for all of my projects and typically will have an 8' to 12' length of wood to break down. So with that said, my miter station is 24' long. It has 8' to the right of the saw 16' to the left. Underneath is storage for the vast majority of my hand power tools. The wall behind the station is used for clamp storage and hand tools. It also has drawers for my router bits, (and all things router related) and drawers for my drum sander paper. Here are a few pictures. I can't get the entire station in one picture so these pictures show right to left. I have been in this shop now for 4 years, and really like this station. The only thing I wish it had is more drawers, that is on the "to do" list and maybe I will get to it someday. I don't know why the garbage can is there under the saw, I have a scrap bin that fits there it must have been full and rolled to the wood stove when I took the pictures.
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The miter saw in my 12x24 shop is not the star of the show. I have it set to have 5-6 feet on the left, with a roller stand set up to support the piece on that side. I've marked the height and the exact floor placement for the stand so it's easily set up. The right side of the saw rarely has more than 18 inches of support. Up til very recently my HF DC unit took up the space on the right, but that just got moved outside into a protected space, so I could use another roller stand on that side, although I haven't needed to do so yet. I try to be as careful as possible about having everything square, I by far prefer the table saw for accurate cuts, and for frame miters, I now prefer to use the Ts and an Incra 1000 miter gauge. I use a Lyon miter trimmer to perfect the 45 angle and occasionally if I'm feeling persnikity, to true up a 90 cut (such as face frames).

My miter saw is a Bosch, 10 inch sliding compound model, really accurate when I take the time to make sure it's set up properly. Last time I worked on an exterior fence, I dragged the saw out onto a 5 foot folding table, but it was awhile ago. I'll probably hang it on the back of my pickup tailgate for the only 2x project I've done for a long time.

So basically I'm saying about 4 ft on each side for a station. I just don't use it enough to justify using up all that space, even though the cabinets underneath would be nice to use. I suppose I could put some tools on the counter space so I could make more use of it, but I don't really want to lift most of them anymore. I'd rather just move the roller stand.

Beside all that, there's the matter of all flat surfaces get loaded up with stuff in many of our shops, especially the small ones.
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As Bob shows, that station can be a huge part of storage as well. Think of it as a multi-station. I really like the way Bob incorporated the router table. Mine is designed more with additional storage in mind for organization and my router table is a cabinet on wheels. What probably won't stay on the miter station are the magazines and books as they are subject to sawdust unless the dust collector does a really good job. I haven't hooked that up yet as I'm still figuring.....
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I would have to agree with Tom. I also use a Bosch 10in sliding compound mounted to a portable table. I also use a roller stand to support the infeed or outfeed, depending upon the project. The miter station sits in the middle of the garage and I pull it into one of the bays and open the garage door when cutting >10 ft lengths. Although I really like Bob's arrangement, I can't afford to tie up a complete wall for a miter station.
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Bob, impressive setup . Was wondering about the thickness of OSB you used on the walls?
I was debating 3/4” plywood, and painting them white prior to hanging to help with light.

I love the miter setup and would love to figure out how to implement one in my garage . Repeatability would especially nice , and I’d like to have that track installed as you did .
I think I need to put all my machines on mobile bases in order to make room for a mitertable such as yours

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Mine has 5' on the left and 4' on the right with storage under. Seldom need that much but when I do, it's there.
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A number of things come to mind here. A lot of folks don't use their miter saw as a primary shop tool. I understand that, but I am not one of them. I use my miter saw in every project so my station is central to my shop. Another point is shop size. My shop is narrow, and floor space is limited, so I dedicated one wall to my saw station. The same station also has my router table. The last point that I can think of is how the saw is used. I break down rough lumber for all of my projects and typically will have an 8' to 12' length of wood to break down. So with that said, my miter station is 24' long. It has 8' to the right of the saw 16' to the left. Underneath is storage for the vast majority of my hand power tools. The wall behind the station is used for clamp storage and hand tools. It also has drawers for my router bits, (and all things router related) and drawers for my drum sander paper. Here are a few pictures. I can't get the entire station in one picture so these pictures show right to left. I have been in this shop now for 4 years, and really like this station. The only thing I wish it had is more drawers, that is on the "to do" list and maybe I will get to it someday. I don't know why the garbage can is there under the saw, I have a scrap bin that fits there it must have been full and rolled to the wood stove when I took the pictures.
Bob, really slick miter/router station...they serve each other well...

As I understand it, from the miter saw's point of view, it has 16ft on one side which also houses a router table which has about 8 ft on each side. This allows you 16 ft on one side of the miter saw for long pieces but it uses the router table top as a matching part of that 16 ft. The router table has about 8 ft on each side of it...

Nice station...not sure if I will wind up with 24 free feet but if I did, your example would be nice.

Thanks for your input...

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Mine has 5' on the left and 4' on the right with storage under. Seldom need that much but when I do, it's there.
Thank you, Gene...probably what I will wind up with...about 4 feet on each side...

Might be a little less if I decide to make a folding-wing mobile station...saw one that was pretty slick...

Appreciate your response...

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