Miter Saw Station // How To

A cabinet style miter saw station is a great way to gain a lot of storage and make your miter saw easier to use with solid material support and a stop block.  I chose to build mine under my lumber to make it super easy to grab lumber and cut it down to length.

There are two sticking points when it comes to a station like this though, the cost in materials, and how much space they take up.  You can spread out the cost by building the station in stages.  As you watch the video, you will see that I setup my saw and use it to help build the drawers, way before the entire thing is complete.  Why?  Because the working height, material support, and ability to clamp a stop block in place make using the miter saw that much easier.

As to how much space they take?  Well, you can cut down a lot on the footprint by building around a compact compound sliding miter saw, one that does not have the rails sticking out of the back.  By using the Hitachi C12RSH2 I saved about 13 square foot over using the more common style sliding miter saw.  (Hitachi did send me the saw free, but I am not being paid for it nor was I asked to say anything about it, everything I say is my own honest thoughts.) That is nearly as much space as my cabinet table saw takes up, which is a lot of real estate in a two car garage!

There are only two competitors that I know of that also make a compact saw, a Bosch and a Festool. As you can imagine, the Hitachi wins by a large margin in price point compared to those two.  I have not used the other two so I cannot fairly comment on any quality difference, but my Hitachi was cutting perfect out of the box.  In the video you can see me making 24″ crosscuts by flipping my piece, and it is hard to tell that it is not a single cut.  That is the precision I expect from my tools and I am happy to get it with this saw out of the box, with no need to fuss with it.

Here is the upside to all the space these things take up, nearly all of that space turns into storage!  There is no shortage of drawers in my shop now.  All that stuff I have been tripping over for awhile now finally has a home, and I have lots of empty drawers left to fill up.  There is so much space I skipped a few drawers and tucked away my grinder and lathe tool grinding jig into one of the cabinets.

I am already loving having this in my shop and use it a lot, but it is not complete. In upcoming videos I am going to build some more stop blocks, add some vertical lumber storage drawers, and enclose the saw with dust collection.  Subscribe so you do not miss those.

 

///////REFERENCED VIDEOS
Jay Bates Miter Saw Station

Johnny Brooke (Crafted Workshop)
Paul Jackman (Jackman Works) Miter Station
John Heisz on adjusting the Hitachi C12RSH

/////AFFLIATE LINKS
Hitachi C12RSH2
Bulk 22″ Drawer Slides
Fastcap Double Sided Measuring Tape
48″ Aluminum T-Track
36″ Aluminum T-Track
Delta Variable Speed Grinder
Savannah Pro-Grind Sharpening System

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2 thoughts on “Miter Saw Station // How To

  • June 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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    The station looks great. I have the same saw and am considering a similar setup. It appears, however, that you have lost the ability to bevel the saw since the upper cabinets are blocking the upper fences from sliding out. Am I missing something, or do you just not find the need to bevel often?

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    • June 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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      You’re right, Walter, with how close I set the upper cabinets I no longer have the ability to make bevel cuts without moving the saw. That’s really only important for making compound cuts though, because you can make most bevel cuts by setting the miter and rotating piece. I cannot remember every cutting a compound miter on my saw so I valued the extra storage over the ability to bevel the saw, you could remedy this just by making the opening for the saw larger so there’s room to slide out the upper fence. Another consideration for me is I can make up for that lost ability by making compound cuts on my table saw by tilting the blade and using a miter gauge. That is not practical for large pieces, so if I ever run into that situation I’d just make the cuts by hand.

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