A Better Miter Saw Stand

Is it the saw or where the saw lives that increases your accuracy?
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 38-44

From the October 2007 issue #164
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There are two types of miter saws. The first can be a mainstay in the woodshop, dependably making accurate crosscuts day in and day out. Or it can be a cantankerous helper, needing constant attention and delivering inconsistent results. The difference usually isn’t in the saw; it is where the saw lives in the shop – how it is set up, the table it sits on and the fence and stop.

Miter saws were designed to be portable, taken to a job site and moved often. In many shops, the miter saw is still treated as a visitor, not a permanent resident. This makes sense if you’re just setting up shop, or often move your tools to share space. If, however, you have the room, a fixed location is preferred.

In our shop, our miter saw has floated around for several years on a mobile cart with folding tables. We still have a limited amount of space, but we assessed our needs, the way we work and the way we share our shop, and a permanent miter saw workstation was at the top of our list of shop upgrades.

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From the October 2007 issue #164
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