Mitre saw in the cabinet.

Simple miter saw stand and dust collection

It’s been a few months since I bought the Parkside miter saw from Lidl and I have to say that I’m quite happy with it (I can’t say the same for the electric nailer that keeps jamming. And with the miter saw I don’t quite get the precision I’d like 🙁 , so I prefer to do the miter cuts with the miter carriage I made for the table saw). I still have to adjust it well and prepare a couple of things, but what I needed most was a place to put it and where I could use it without having to move it every time I needed it. Although it is a machine that can be moved without too many problems, it is best to leave it fixed in one place, as moving it around and making room on the table to use it [long live clutter!] is not exactly a comfortable way to work.

If you have a miter saw, like this one from Lidl or any other brand, you already know that you have at least four problems: having a fixed place to use it; the amount of dust and sawdust it generates and throws backwards; the small support base for the wood and the need to adjust it well.

Cabinet for miter saw.

In this entry I am going to make a bench or table where to leave the miter saw installed, including a drawer behind it to reduce the amount of sawdust that flies around the workshop. In this way we fix or reduce the first two problems. We will see in another post how to solve the problem of the small support base. And as for the problem of adjusting it perfectly I will see what I can do, but for the moment, for me, achieving a perfect miter joint is still a fantasy to be fulfilled. But well, I’m defending myself with the wooden joints I’m making.

Interior of the miter saw cabinet.

I could have made a cabinet for the miter saw from scratch, but sometimes you don’t have to get too complicated, so I opted to buy, at a good price, a wooden shelf that I found to be quite sturdy.

Cantilevered shelf.

The shelves are made of slats, so it was very easy for me to use one of them to make the cantilevered shelf level with another one that I left at the desired height to install the miter saw.

The rack structure itself already defines the drawer behind the miter saw, so all that is needed is to close the walls with a thin plate. I used a 3mm one that I had cut to the measurements I needed at the DIY center where I bought it. We see in the video the process that has no major complication.

And taking advantage of the fact that I have “wooden” walls, I can screw the shelf to the wall at six points. If you have a brick or concrete wall you will have to drill the wall and use some nylon plugs to fix the shelf to the wall, otherwise this type of shelf will dance too much.

From now on I will go for more walks with Josephine …

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