Reno, NV, US

Self-employed finish carpenter/cabinet installer/hardwood flooring installer, mostly attending college right now because trim projects are few and far between, due to the economy. I really love starting with an ugly project and turning it into something that makes people go WOW! My single favorite trim project is crown molding, it really changes any room for the-better. I am a tool fiend, and I enjoy keeping current on tricks, processes, and procedures in finish carpentry. I've learned alot from reading every book and article Gary Katz has been involved with.

Gender: Male

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Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

I'm a finish carpenter, and I currently own two very different stands, with three different saws depending on what I'm doing. If I am looking for accuracy, I use my SAWHELPER stand. The pros:Very stable set-up, accuracy, and a built-in length stop and built-in tape measure. Cons:The nice rigid aluminum extension wings can easily marr the material that you are working with, and aluminum discolors your hands when you are working with it so you have to be mindful of this or before you know it you will be leaving finger prints on your work, and Ms. Jone's ceiling (if you are doing crown).
If I want quick set-up and portability, I use a Trac Rac stand. The pros:This is a great stand if you are not doing particularly long moldings, quick to set up and take down, and sufficient for installing hardwood flooring. Additional saw mounting brackets can be purchased to make it easy to change saws quickly. The cons: the material is not supported it's entire length; far from it. This can be an annoyance unless you have super hero reflexes to grab that frequent piece of material that falls off of the stand just as you cut through it.
A person could find pros and cons in anything, and there is more than one way to skin a cat. In my opinion the ultimate miter saw stand would be one that incorporated options depending on what the user's needs are.(Option A,B,C). A stationary shop stand is not going to have the same requirements as a framer/siding installer, or a finish carpenter. For a framer the stand needs to be very sturdy/stable, with large capacity. A finish carpenter needs accuracy and portability with long capacity. A stand for a shop might want to incorporate a place for storage, whereas storage in a portable stand is going to add to the weight, and after a long day that stand is really going to be heavy.
As a finish carpenter, I want the stand to have long, solid capacity, eight feet on each side of the saw by about ten to twelve inches deep with adjustable/removable fences. The extensions would be a solid surface, I like wood (yeah it's a little heavy, but...)and the surface would be smooth and durable. I might even make opening for an insert plate(s) for a belt sander/jig saw/router to get more functionality out of the extensions. A built-in power strip on the underside of one of the extensions is a good idea (mounting underneath protects from possible water or sawdust intrusion). I don't think built-in stops and built-in tape measures are absolutely necessary. A clamp and a block work fine for me, and if you use the stand for more than one type of saw, the bulilt-in tape accuracy will go out the window. Built-in crown stops, and a place/clipboard to mount a cut list at eye level would be a nice touch.
Again, different uses require different necessities.
I am planning to build this stand between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when my schedule lightens-up.
Have a good one guys!