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Offline gearhound

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Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« on: December 31, 2020, 11:24 AM »


I'm looking to find a way to wall-mount a miter saw I got for X-Mas (Makita sliding 10in ls1019l) and take up as little wall space as possible.

My shop is one-side of my two car garage and I've already got it maxed out with a cabinet saw, band saw, jointer/planer combo, mft cart/tracksaw cutting station, cyclone dust collector, outfeed table with built in router table with a lathe and spindle sander stored underneath. Everything is on wheels so I can reconfigure the setup based on the project, but space is at a premium.

I see myself using the miter saw basically to cut down long stock, lumber, flooring, trim. Due to space limitations, I actually got rid of a 12in sliding miter years ago and with the crazy amount of tools I have I found ways to not really need one....though it would've been incredibly convenient to have for certain projects (ie re-trimmed the exterior of my house/laid hardwood flooring, etc...). My old man is a big miter saw proponent and surprised me with the 10in slider last week...it's a lot better design than my old slider as the saw slides forward on the rails so I can mount it closer to my wall and save a lot of space. I'm not sold on needing it based on the space it will require in my tiny shop, but it was a gift that I'm incredibly grateful for and he keeps asking about it, so I'm going to put it to use.

From my searches the setup in the drawing seems to be a viable option as I won't be using the saw all that regularly, but prefer to have it somewhat accessible vs. just storing underneath a table....I know from experience with my lathe that if I have to pull it out and setup, I'll hardly use it.

I figured I'd come across more solutions in my research, but most folks seem to either have a massive miter station with built in drawers/fences, a cart with extendable wings or flip top/dual tool cart, or just a metal contractors stand.....and I don't have room for any of those things.

Has anyone built or came across something similar to this drawing? I'm looking for some design inspiration and a good way to possibly incorporate stop blocks into a setup like this.

Thanks for any suggestions. Cheers!

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Online Peter_C

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Re: Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2020, 04:28 PM »
I'm looking to find a way to wall-mount a miter saw I got for X-Mas (Makita sliding 10in ls1019l) and take up as little wall space as possible.
My moto is everything gets wheels. Miter saws are messy too and you might not want to operate it near something else, so being able to roll it out is a good thing. Unless you store long stuff on the floor I personally don't see a benefit to having it wall mounted.

You mentioned not liking stands, but they are very quick to set up and most have wings built onto them. Festool's UGG cart is probably one of the smallest foot prints on the market. Your saw can attach to it, along with pretty much every other stand, like Ridgid, Dewalt, etc. Festool also offers their "Wings" as shown below. It is a very efficient portable option that has a higher cost.


I'm looking for some design inspiration and a good way to possibly incorporate stop blocks into a setup like this.
My first thought is I hated my miter saw without the ability to accurately measure using stop blocks. Fastcap's Best Fence system is a game changer, but comes at a higher cost. The fences still need to be supported at the far end too, for which there are lots of options, from something like your drawing, to their 3rd Hand, or using a miter saw stand attachment. Any of the roller stands could do what you want for supporting wood too, and be used for outfeed rollers on a tablesaw or support for other tools. FWIW I have the Bosch stand which is BIG even when folded, but so is my 12" saw.
https://www.fastcap.com/products/best-fence-pro

https://www.fastcap.com/products/3rd-hand-series

Then there is the custom option of building a stand as you show above with your own version of wings. Lots of Youtube vids for reference.

Offline afish

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Re: Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 05:16 PM »
If you dont need highly accurate repeatable stops then I would just get the Ridgid mobile miter saw stand.  It will do everything your drawing will do and be completely mobile plus fold up and wheel completely out of the way when needed. It deploys in seconds and makes moving the saw around effortless.  The outfeed supports can be a little weak for long heavy lumber but I would never sell mine.  I mounted my tile saw on one as well.  I had the dewalt stand and it is horrible I couldn't stand that thing.  The ridgid is light years better in my opinion.  I agree with the other poster when in tight working quarters having everything on wheels is best that way you can move the tools that you aren't using out of the way.  Right about the time I bolted something like that to my wall is about the time it would end up getting in my way.  If your determined to use something like that I would mount it with a french cleat so it could be removed quickly if needed.  Thats my 2 cents

Offline fshanno

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Re: Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2021, 01:32 PM »
That's the saw I would have if I didn't have my Kapex.  It could be that you will like it very much and it might turn into a go to tool.

But it can't become a go to tool if you don't give it what it needs.  It needs wings.  They can be very minimalist and they can be supported purely by cap screws into studs.  The heaviest thing it will ever have to support is maybe a 10' long 2x10.

I would recommend rigging it so your shop vac is beneath the saw.  It's got to go somewhere right?  Go ahead and spring for the $35 dollar automatic vacuum switch.  Mount at high enough so you can roll stuff under it.  The height of a mitersaw station is not super critical.  Plus the area on the wings behind the saw's fence can be a handy storage area.  It can be a place to put work pieces after cutting. 

Trust me.  If you make it a convenient pleasure to use, use it you will.

And here's your stop.  The Incra 52" track and Shop Stop.  This fence and stop is the bomb.  It has positive stops at 1/32" increments.  No muss no fuss.  I have the system on my Incra Miter 5000 sled and it is awesome.  Or you could just buy a stick on rule make a homemade rig which is what I did.

I'm one of those who built the big thing with drawers and all, but if I couldn't have drawers I would still have wings and a stop. 

I'm a little jaded because the Kapex cuts so square.  I can cut parts for doors and faceframes and drawers.  But from what I've read and seen your Makita is in that class. 
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Offline Packard

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Re: Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2021, 11:57 AM »
The simplest version I've seen is this set of plans:  https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/portable-miter-saw-station/

You can mount it in any of several locations.  And it folds away:https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/portable-miter-saw-station/




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Re: Minimalist wall-mounted miter saw station ideas?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2021, 01:29 PM »
I found I wasn't using my Miter saw as much and decided rather than devote the space to it, I would mount it on the wall above my jointer.  Its on slides so that I can pull it out when needed, and I've got supports on hinges a few feet away at the same level for long pieces.  I can put a long fence on it to attach stops if needed, although I rarely do that.  I found it works well and is far more convenient than having it on wheels.  I'm generally not a fan of having to wheel tools around to use them.  I'd rather make do with more versatile tools than have to spend a long time getting one out and setup to use.