Torsion-Beam Mitersaw Station

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A full-featured cutting station for use in (and out of) the shop

Overall dimensions: 78"w x 15"d x 111⁄2"h

Sometimes less is plenty. The “deluxe” mitersaw workstation I designed a few years ago (Oct/ Nov 2011, Issue #43) suits my needs very well, but I realize that a cutting station/lumber rack/storage cabinet might be a bit much for some shops. This time, I kept the focus on the saw. The result is a simple, solid station that’s well suited not only for woodworkers who are starting out (often in cramped quarters), but also for folks who take their tools out of the workshop.

The station’s main selling point is the adaptability of the connection between the extension tables and the torsion beam that supports them. For typical cuts, simply rest the beam on a pair of horses, and position the saw between the tables. (The guide rails straddle the beam to keep the extension tables aligned with the saw.) For longer cuts, slide the saw to one end of the beam, and position the tables side by side. Locking the tables to the T-track allows them to extend beyond the ends of the beam, which can be a big advantage when trimming the ends of heavy posts, and when supporting long, narrow stock, like crown molding.

In addition, the torsion beam has plenty of uses by itself. It can serve as an assembly table (the lipped edges provide toeholds for clamps) or as a sturdy table for other benchtop tools. When not in use, the station can be stowed away, as shown on page 50. (I made this beam 61⁄2ʹ long to better suit smaller shops and to fit into the bed of my pickup truck. If your shop has the space and you expect that the beam will stay put, consider making it 8ʹ long.)

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