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Unlike a lot of other readers, I made my own chop saw bench. I found the store bought ones didnt double as a work bench. The one I have used for years now was made from a section of an old extension ladder as the base, and light weight plywood (1/2") or (3/4") as the elevated bench top. It is a lot lighter than the 2X6 framed bench I had before. Using one half of a 20 foot extension ladder gave me a 10 foot bench which handled most lenghts of wood with the capability of adding the second piece of the ladder for an extension for extra long material. All is supported by simple saw horses. I can't count how often I have used it to sand, route or drill material. The ladder was destined for the dump as it was unsafe to use for climbing anymore. Using this as the base made everything lightweight. It's not the most compact around, but I wouldn't trade it for the store bought.
I mounted a six outlet power bar under the deck to keep it out of the weather.
I frame as well as do trim, and have found it works well for both types of jobs. After wear and tear to the deck, just unscrew it and replace it with fresh plywood. Often the pieces can be found as scrap on the job because each side is only 4 feet X 18 inches wide.
I didn't make some elaborate fence to handle stops for repetative cuts, I just screw a piece of 2X material to the deck for this task.
Works great with my Dewalt 12" chop saw and I am not afraid to pound on the bench if need be.
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