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Now that I have read all the comments, I think the ladder idea is good. How about an 8 foot long "ladder" with 8 foot slide out extensions for each side. Add a B&D workhorse type system to allow complete height adjustability for 2x4 legs. Now get an Incra system type fence, possibly telescoping to allow precise length cutting with repeatability, able to handle lengths of up to 10 feet on each side of the saw, maybe more...Large pneumatic tires to fold down to make it easy to move setup. Add some built in type clamping systems for versatility. Rails from Eurekazone system to be table pieces to support work, be "extendable" and allow more clamps and "devices" to be utilized. The ladder extensions might need a fold down, adjustable support to support long heavy workpieces. While we're at it how about an after market miter, and also a bevel scale in the Incra style to retrofit on my Dewalt sliding compound miter saw for greater accuracy. I suppose after all this you could say I want the top designers from Dewalt, Eurekazone,Featherlite,Incra, Black and Decker, TracRac, and Veritas. If they used my basic parameters, Im sure they would come up with the ultimate miter saw setup system, maybe two or three different sizes...Hows that for a wish list?!! Dream on as the evolution continues...
My miter saw stand is a Black and Decker workhorse with a ten foot long I joist as the table. A half inch piece of ply is bolted to the Dewalt sliding compound miter saw, so I place it on the bench and clamp it with a couple of clamps. A block of wood sits on the bench to support the workpiece. This set-up is excellent to level the bench on rough ground to a comfortable height. I can cut small pieces to large, long pieces quite easily. I realize that I need a fence with a stop to cut any length or repeat cuts. I did make a fence with a Uni-strut extrusion, but it was heavy and inconvenient to move. Once I used a workmate to support the saw, and a B&D workhorse on each side with ten foot I joists mounted. Set a few feet away, I was supporting and cutting twenty foot long 2 x 12's each end with ease. Versatile system but I need to add the refinements - the most important being a heavy duty fence system. The I joist bench is so handy for holding other tools, workpieces and even makes a good spot to sit at breaktime. Best thing is that it allows a versatile and accurate saw to be used to greater potential, cutting framing lumber, I joists, long pieces of stock trim, firewood, and so on. The evolution continues...
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