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Official Rules: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand Challenge

comments (11) September 22nd, 2010 in Blogs, Project Gallery
The Prize -- A revolutionary gliding compound miter sawClick To Enlarge

The Prize -- A revolutionary 'gliding' compound miter saw

We're on a mission to build the perfect miter saw stand; and the mission begins with you.

There’s no shortage of collapsible, portable jobsite miter saw stands on the market. Some are cost-effective ($100-$200) and functional, but fall short on refined the features and adjustability needed for more demanding tasks.

More expensive models (upwards of $1,000) are more accurate, complex, and offer enhanced gizmos—but you pay the price.

We need your help. Tell us what to build.

In this gallery you can post photos of your own stand -- site-built or store-bought. Tell us what you wish it had in terms of features, and tell us what features you could do without. How important are weight and portability?

What about onboard storage, power supply, and lighting? Does it include any aftermarket fences, extension wings, tracks, hold-downs, or stops?

What's in it for you?

This winter we will take the best ideas and combine them to create the ultimate miter saw stand. We’ll post the plans here on the website, and publish the stand in the magazine as well.

Any person that has contributed suggestions or feedback will automatically be entered to win Bosch’s brand new GCM12SD 12-in. compound miter saw with axial glide mechanism.

Haven't heard of this innovative sliding compound mitersaw?

Read a review and watch a rough cut video of it over at



Fine Homebuilding’s "Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand Challenge" Contest Official Rules

Entries for this "Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand Challenge" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on September 20, 2010 and ending at 11:59 a.m. ET on November 25, 2010 (the “Contest Entry Period”).  All entries must be received during the Contest Entry Period.  The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Contest void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

There are three ways to enter the contest.

1.) Post photos to the Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand Challenge. Visit Create an account if you do not already have one by entering your first name, last name, email address, password, security question and screen name.  Once you have created your account you can then upload your photos by entering a title, attaching the photo and adding a brief description of your project.  Submit your completed online entry form.

2.) Comment on the Breaktime thread at

3.) Comment on the blog post at

All entries become the property of the Sponsor. You grant Sponsor a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, unrestricted, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, license, distribute, display, reproduce, transmit, modify, edit, and otherwise exploit photos in all media now known or later developed.

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise.

The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing  or downloading any material related to the contest.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest.

Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way.  Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules and decisions of the judging panel which are final.

Bosch GCM12SD 12-in. compound miter saw with axial glide mechanism. Value: ~$700

All prizes will be awarded.

Names of prize manufacturers are used solely for the purposes of identifications of the prize.  No endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or approval of Taunton Press, Fine Woodworking or of this contest is intended or implied.

No transfer or substitution of prizes.  Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of  Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible.  All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply.  The winner will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes related to prize.


The winner will be chosen at random from among the commenters at the Breaktime post, the Miter-Saw Stand blog, and entries to Ultimate Mirer Saw Stand Challenge.  All decisions by the Judges shall be final and binding. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family.

The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited.  Winner will also be required to provide proof of age.  (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.)  All prizes will be awarded.

Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 15, 2010 to:  Fine Homebuilding "Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand Challenge" Contest Winner List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Homebuilding magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT  06470-5506.

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Comments (11)

Braucht Braucht writes: Where's the contest for the funkiest table saw contest.
This is portable @ 23 lbs.
Posted: 10:12 pm on March 11th

Braucht Braucht writes: just sharing the saw of choice when I need more power, But still a "Lite" stand.

enjoy, Dan
Posted: 10:09 pm on March 11th

Braucht Braucht writes: This is lite weight and takes little space, for-small-cuts.

I do hardwood flooring installations/ refinishing /tool designing. . . .enjoy, Dan
Posted: 10:01 pm on March 11th

xoshooter xoshooter writes: Height adjustable with control of leg height continuously.
Posted: 10:32 pm on December 16th

frankgreenwood frankgreenwood writes: I have a Delta collapsible saw stand with rolling wheels and adjustable roller wings. It is clumsy and heavy. I usually leave it in the shop and make do at the job site.

What I think would be good would be a very light but strong stand with the ability to use a number of different saws with it,(adjustable clamping methods) a built-in wind-up cord, wings that can be adjusted from the saw position, folding/sliding stops for repeat cuts of same type, hight adjustment and legs that can be set up on uneven ground that is often found at job site. Also, a flexible/movable light would be good for low light times. (We start early and stay late)

Posted: 5:30 pm on October 11th

TunnelVision TunnelVision writes: I made this video to document what I created before it was to be put into daily use..
If this is what your looking for I can submit some still life photos and a story of how it came about.

Posted: 3:59 pm on October 7th

Kimotee2 Kimotee2 writes: Scott King wrote an article in FHB Feb/Mar 1991 on a movable table for a chopsaw that is the basis for my own configuration. We share a similar environment - the tropics. No way I can leave a saw setup on a stand where I leave just off the windward coast, on a waterway with trades blowing steady into my garage/shop. The box works very well for storage and as a base for my miter saw.

Posted: 5:46 pm on September 30th

JFink JFink writes: Tennisball - yes, please feel free to email or send hardcopies.

Miter Stand Submission
c/o Justin Fink
63 S. Main St.
Newtown, CT 06470

Posted: 9:52 am on September 30th

Tennisball Tennisball writes: Can the submission for the miter saw table be hard copy directly to the editor?
Posted: 3:24 pm on September 27th

Dreamcatcher Dreamcatcher writes: Here is a great article on miter saw stands (by a rival trade pub).
Posted: 10:38 am on September 27th

banginaway banginaway writes: I would like a digital saw that I can program, and spots my mistakes and corrects them.
Posted: 7:59 am on September 27th

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