Combining my Router Table and Miter Saw Bench to Save Space. (2023)


Eliminating my router table by inserting my router lift into my miter saw station. A great way to combine tool benches to save space.

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Welcome to make something with me: David patoot, oh and today, we're going to drop a router lift into an already existing bench top.

Hopefully you can use this information to save space in your shop or to learn how to make a router table with dust collection and bit storage before we get started.

I just want to say up until this point, I have edited every single video, but today this video that you're watching right now, camera Dan is editing.

This is his very first edit.

So if you like it give him a high-five, if you don't like it, maybe this time you can keep your opinions to yourself he's sensitive I'm, sensitive, we're all sensitive.

Also, there's no reason for me to be filming back here in the in the new corner, I'm just showing off the new corner.

This is my current router situation.

I bought this stand and added to it a few years ago, and this is working great, but recently we added this little confessional corner area, and this is now invading that space to make up more space in the shop I'm going to pull out the router lift and it's going to go into the mitre station.

It's gonna be a little tricky because I'll show you oh, we need to have a hole for this to drop into, but also have a little lip and a little adjustable screws in here.

That's that's! Dirty! Dan.

Take a look at that.

If you're wondering that's, the incra router left I've had it for years no complaints and then just the porter cable router that everybody has I think the first thing I need to do, make a little wood template to the exact size of this.

So we can have a router bit.

Follow that wood template you might have to get a little creative with the clamps.

Depending on the positioning of your of your table here you could even screw that down if you wanted to, but this is the bit that we're going to use.

It's got a a bearing there on the shaft.

That's going to ride along that template right there.

So I've got my first pass.

I don't have to do the whole thing, because we're gonna take a jigsaw and cut that out.

What I did find was I, didn't, have support on this side and the rider would tip so I kind of dug in in a couple spots.

So it took this piece of scrap and put it in the middle there to give me support on all the sides.

You could also make a bigger base.

I just wasn't thinking, but it'll be fine, because none of this is going to be seen, but I did end up eating into my template a little bit which might give me a little little.

You know what I'm saying it's shop.

Furniture I mean it is walnut, but it's shop furniture so now I'm going to raise the bit and do a second and final pass along the edges.

So we have that second pass.

Hopefully it's the right duck and we're going to cut out this little section right here with the jigsaw, so this would drop it like so, ah, okay, so we got a no one more time, dan dan.

When I say one more time.

I actually mean two more times: I will kill you this one that doesn't work, we're gonna quit woodworking.

It all rides on this.

That fits in there it's just below the surface, so we got to get some set screws and put it in there I'm sure this router lift came with set screws and I'm sure I've lost them, so I need to go get some, but that will level it out and you want it exactly the same height as the table to mount it to the table.

These are the bolts there I'm just gonna, push that through and then put a nut on the bottom to secure that so now we'll take out this t-track, throw it over here and route a little groove for it to drop in there.

Mm-Hmm, don't put that in there No Oh, so I just got to take a chisel clean up a tear right there.

You need to add a fence, so I need to create two slots with hole there over here, but we have one problem: is we've got the tee track for the miter saw right here so I think we're gonna have to notch that out to make room for those slots, and this just has to go back far enough, where it's out of the way when I want to use the miter saw crazy, I know, but that's kind of work as a straight edge.

So when I go to tighten it that t-bolt just spins, so what I need to do is make a little runner and just glue it on one side of the slot underneath.

So when I turn that that t-bolt has something to catch on and can tighten so I've got some screws started in there and some double-sided tape.

The tape is just there to hold it temporarily.

I can put that T trap back in there.

I gotta make sure.

Well, you don't cover up that slot and that's slot right there dirty little slot.

One of the reasons I really love this table was the dust collection underneath it has this little thing from Rockler that collects the dust and then there's a dust port back there.

So I want to reintroduce this to that over there.

So I'm gonna take this off, so we're just trying to get the hose there go on the other side for the dust collection yeah.

The great thing about this dust collection is, it has dust collection underneath as well as on top so now, I need to drill a hole for this hose up top.

Here we got, we got real lucky and the drawers from the old one fit in this space, so that works so now, I gotta do the bottom drawer.

You can see this top drawer.

Is this U shape, so it can go around the dust, collection and I can have these little fixtures or whatever to hold all the router bits, and we have to put a walnut face on there.

So everything matches you can't have a shop that doesn't match.

This isn't got the two drawers installed, my least favorite part of any project, and now we've got this start and stop button that we're going to screw on here all right so able to use the drawers from the old ones we just had to make new faces, so I cut up some walnut plywood, so it matches everything else.

Last thing, I have to do is add a coat of shellac.

We can call it a day, so there it is.

We save so much room by putting this in the miter saw station.

If you're wondering this is the stop for the miter saw, it does clear the fence there, so it doesn't get in the way and then this moves up and then we can clamp it into place.

I do need to get a longer hose, so that stays connected there, but this is, it just looks cool.

We got this drawer here this u-shape drawer to hold all the bits.

We got this big bin down here to hold on my router jigs and my palm router.

It usually looks way Messier than that, but this this wall is looking good.

This whole area is gonna change soon.

My buddy matt is gonna, come over we're gonna do a big mural over here and then over here last week we made this cool little confessional area.

This little talking head area that we're gonna do cool stuff, and so the shop is coming along.

This is all gonna be really colorful very soon.

This mural, it's gonna, be it's gonna, be badass.

That's all I got to say so, I'm really happy with the way this is looking so I took off the fence about a year ago to my miter station and no regrets people ask me all the time.

Do you regret moving the fence? No, this is all the fence that I need for my miter station.

Then I got these stops here so saved a lot of space.

Things are looking good that wraps it up this week.

Real soon with another project, as always, be safe, have fun, stay passionate and make something.


How wide should a miter saw bench be? ›

The Miter Station consists of a left side measuring 96"L x 24"D x 36"H, a right side measuring 48"L x 24"D x 36"H, and a center section for the saw that can vary depending on the saw. The plans allow for a 24" wide space for the saw.

How high should a miter saw bench be? ›

Everything I read seems to settle on 36 inches or so. But still when you have you saw out to make the measurements – try different heights to see where the saw feels comfortable to you. And remember the height of the saw table from the floor will be the height of the bench.

Do you have to attach a miter saw to a table? ›

It's best to attach it on a workbench or stand against the middle of a long wall. This allows for cutoffs on either side of the blade. If there isn't a long wall, try to locate the saw near a doorway or other opening that can provide clearance for longer boards.

How deep should a miter saw station be? ›

A typical bench is 24", going the extra 6" is actually pretty nice for storage space IF you can afford the depth… For me it seems to help more than it hurts… Remember, you don't need to go all the way to the front of the saw for a miter station. Just out to the front legs of the saw…

What is the best width for a woodworking bench? ›

Most garage and table-saw work benches range from 28 inches to 36 inches deep, 48 inches to 96 inches wide and 28 inches to 38 inches tall. The amount of space you have usually dictates a bench's depth and width. Size your bench so you can move material and equipment past it freely.

How big should a table saw bench be? ›

A bench that is between 6 feet and 8 feet long and 32-36" wide. Space around the bench - between 24-36 inches. Space between the sides of the table saw blade to any object - 36 inches.

What is the best height for a woodworking bench? ›

34″ – 36″ (86cm – 91cm) tend to be the most common workbench height for woodworking. A height in between these two extremes tends to be the most popular, particular if you do a range of activities at your workbench.

How many teeth is best for a miter saw blade? ›

A good trim blade commonly has 80. We opted for the finest-cutting 90 to 100 tooth blades available to seek out the ultimate in miter saw results.

How tall of a board can a 10 miter saw cut? ›

Types of Miter Saws

The bigger the blade, the deeper and wider its maximum cut. Typically, a 10-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 6 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 4 at 45 degrees; a 12-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 8 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 6 at 45 degrees.

Why use a miter saw over a table saw? ›

Miter saws are better at cutting angles.

The verb “miter” means to join two pieces at a 90° angle, such as the way the corners of a picture frame meet, and a miter saw makes cutting angles a snap. The head of a miter saw can be swiveled from side to cut any degree angle necessary.

Can a table saw do everything a miter saw can? ›

A compound miter saw can make cross cuts, angled cuts, angled cross cuts, bevel cuts, and more. While they cannot handle as large of work pieces as table saws, they can make more types of cuts than the table saw. With that being said, one type of cut which the miter saw cannot make is the rip cut.

Can you use the same blade on a table saw and miter saw? ›

Yes, you can. However, since your miter-saw blade is thin-kerf, you might need to change the tablesaw's splitter. If the splitter is thicker than the blade, the workpiece will get caught on it and you'll be unable to feed it through.

What is the best angle to miter trim? ›

For most DIYers, fitting baseboard moldings on the interior corners of the room is best accomplished with miter joints—45-degree miter cuts to each adjoining piece of molding. When fit together, these corners make 90-degree angles.

What is the width of a miter bar? ›

Standard Size Miter Bar 3/4" x 3/8"

The steel miter bar is mounted to the miter gauge and is the industry standard of 3/4" x 3/8". This means it will fit into most table slot miter slots.

How wide of a board will a miter saw cut? ›

The bigger the blade, the deeper and wider its maximum cut. Typically, a 10-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 6 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 4 at 45 degrees; a 12-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 8 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 6 at 45 degrees.

What is the width of a miter slot? ›

The standard miter slot is 3/4" wide by 3/8" deep.

How wide a board can a sliding miter saw cut? ›

What is a Sliding Compound-Miter Saw? Sliding compound-miter saws will work just like chop saws, but because their blades move back and forth on horizontal rails, they also can slice stock up to 15 inches wide in one stroke.

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