Methods to Make a Miter Noticed Desk

Miter saws can be utilized in a woodworking store as a completely put in software or on the jobsite as a transportable or semi-portable unit. I'll talk about the development of miter noticed tables applicable to each forms of installations. The aim of a miter noticed desk is two-fold: (1) to raise the noticed to a cushty working peak for the operator and (2) to offer a floor to the left and / or proper of the noticed for the extension of the fence and to offer help for lengthy supplies whereas being reduce. If in case you have ever tried to chop a 45-degree miter at one finish of a 2 x 6 x 12, you already know why a miter noticed desk or curler stand is completely required.

Fairly often, miter saws are used to make repetitive cuts of the identical size. Some type of noticed cease is useful and drastically speeds manufacturing time for this kind of software. A noticed cease should mount to one thing to carry it in place, often a fence. You can also make your personal fence out of a really straight piece of wooden or metallic or you are able to do as I did and buy a commercially out there moveable cease that slides alongside an aluminum monitor that features a stick-on measuring tape.


Since I purchase lumber in lengths as much as 14 ft lengthy, I made a decision to construct a really lengthy miter noticed desk in my woodworking store. You might not have the bodily area for this in your store so you could have to scale back my measurements accordingly. The longer you'll be able to construct it, the higher off it is going to be for you however any size of noticed desk is best than no desk in any respect. My miter noticed desk measures eight Ft to the left of the noticed blade and one other eight ft to the best of the noticed blade. This manner, I can help the complete size of a sheet of plywood on both aspect.

The noticed desk is constructed over 2 x Four framing and incorporates a number of storage drawers under the desk which I exploit to retailer small instruments and provides. When you choose, the area beneath the noticed desk may be left open for shelf area or lumber storage. I recommend that the highest floor be three/Four "Melamine or Formica over three/Four" particle board. If you should use your complete Four-foot width of the Melamine or particle board, by all means achieve this, particularly in case your miter noticed is of the "sliding compound miter" sort. As for general desk peak, I might recommend that you simply construct the miter noticed desk in order that the highest of the desk involves your belt line when standing. This will provide you with a cushty working peak and nonetheless let you bend over the desk.

There ought to be a niche reduce by way of noticed desk prime within the space the place the noticed is to be mounted. This hole have to be precisely as broad as the highest of your miter noticed and have to be open to the entrance of the desk. The hole ought to shut behind the highest of the miter noticed. The noticed have to be mounted on this hole in order that the highest of the miter noticed desk is flush with the highest of the noticed desk. The miter deal with have to be free to maneuver its full journey in each instructions, left to proper.

Anticipate the necessity for this hole as you're framing the underside of your miter noticed desk as a result of you will want to assemble a shelf beneath to help the load of the miter noticed. You may need to make this shelf adjustable in micro increments so as to get the highest of the noticed platform precisely flush to the highest of the noticed desk. You are able to do this with lag screws with washers in sliding slots via the shelf sub-structure and into the desk framing. Barely loosen the lags and faucet the desk up or down with a rubber hammer earlier than tightening the lags absolutely. Use an extended straightedge in all instructions to ensure that the miter noticed and the miter noticed desk are flush with one another. Mount the noticed securely to the shelf utilizing lag screws.

As soon as the miter noticed is mounted, you possibly can start to assemble the fence or fences. A easy, cheap fence may be constructed utilizing 1 x Four or 1 x 6 clear fir boards. These boards ought to be hand chosen for straightness and jointed on one edge. One board would be the precise fence and the opposite will maintain it straight from behind. The fence sits with its jointed edge on the noticed desk prime whereas the back-up board lies flat on the desk, behind the fence, with its jointed edge joined to the underside of the fence.

Earlier than becoming a member of the 2 boards collectively, slotted holes ought to be reduce into the back-up board for the aim of mounting and adjusting the fence place on the desk prime as regards to the fence on the miter noticed. These slots ought to be barely wider than the shaft diameter of the lag screws you plan to make use of to mount the fence to the desk. Reduce a couple of equally spaced slots within the back-up board perpendicular (at proper angle) to the fence. A 2 x Four joist ought to be situated underneath the desk prime, centered beneath the slots within the back-up board. It will give the lag screws one thing strong to chew into.

Earlier than mounting the fence or fences to the miter noticed desk prime, draw a pencil or chalk line the place the entrance of the fence is to be positioned. Take an extended straightedge, lay it flat on the miter noticed's metallic desk and push one fringe of it lengthy the miter noticed's metallic fence. Maintaining it on this place, draw a pencil line alongside the desk prime, out so far as attainable. Repeat on the other aspect of the noticed in case you have tables on each side of the noticed. Prolong this pencil line so far as attainable.

Place the fence alongside the pencil line with the top of the picket fence virtually touching the top of miter noticed's metallic fence. (Depart a 1/16 "hole between the picket fence and the metallic fence.) Drill appropriately sized holes for the lag screws by means of the desk prime and into the 2x4 joist beneath the desk prime (one for every slot). Screw the fence to the desk loosely in order that it may be adjusted. Use the lengthy straight edge on the miter noticed's desk and on the entrance of the fence to align the fence completely and screw down tightly. Repeat for the opposite aspect of the desk if there's one.

For the left fence, place a "proper to left" studying stick-on measuring tape alongside the highest of the fence. For the fitting fence, place a "left to proper" studying stick-on measuring tape alongside the highest of that fence. Earlier than sticking down, the tapes have to be aligned completely. The left tape is measuring the space from the left aspect of the noticed blade tooth and the correct tape is measuring the space from the suitable aspect of the noticed blade tooth. With a easy picket fence like this, you should use picket cease blocks clamped to the fence with C-clamps for repetitive cuts.

A barely costlier and much better various is to make use of a metallic monitor or tracks with a flip-up cease and measuring tape inbuilt. Such a tool is manufactured by Kreg Instruments and is accessible in Four-foot monitor lengths that may be butted collectively to make longer lengths. My miter noticed desk requires 4 Four-foot tracks, two for all sides of the noticed. The monitor is mounted to the highest of the picket fence you simply made. You'll have to regulate the peak of the picket fence (2 1/Four "+ above the desk prime) in order that the underside of the flip-up cease clears the desk by about 1/16" within the down place.

The great factor concerning the flip-up cease is that it may be flipped up out of the best way with out dropping its measurement setting alongside the measuring tape. Should you have been making repetitive cuts and also you wanted to cease to make use of the noticed momentarily for a unique sort of minimize, you can resume your repetitive slicing instantly with out dropping any accuracy.


A jobsite miter noticed desk is often made with the noticed mounted to the acute proper finish of the desk. I've discovered that the majority miter noticed producers make their metallic desk surfaces in order that they're three 1/2 "above the desk on which the noticed is resting. A really straight, milled Four x Four (three 1/2" x three 1 / 2 ") might be mounted onto the desk prime, virtually abutting the left aspect of the metallic desk of the noticed. The Four x Four ought to prolong out the complete size of the supporting desk to the left and be mounted to the supporting desk.

A fence could be hooked up to the again aspect of the Four x Four. Use a 1 x 6 or 1 x eight clear fir board for this function. As within the everlasting desk above, the entrance of the fence should align completely with the miter noticed's metallic fence. If a wider help floor is required, a second Four x Four might be mounted instantly in entrance of the one with the fence hooked up to it. A Kreg Trak system with a flip-up cease may also be used on this moveable miter noticed desk. Simply make sure that the picket fence is ripped to the right peak to permit the flip-up cease to clear the desk by 1/16 ". (Fence is 2 1/Four" + above the highest of the Four x Four.)

As for the help desk, I've used a plastic fold-up desk from Costco. They arrive in numerous sizes to fit your specific want. Or, you can also make your personal desk out of two x Four's and three/Four "plywood. Design it in order that the legs can fold up for transportation and storage.

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