I'm thinking of rearranging my shop in a way that would require
putting my SCMS on a cabinet that would be taller than what I've been
using for the last ten years.
The table of the saw is currently at about 35-5/8" from the floor and
the new arrangement would put it at about 40-1/4". I'm just under 6
It's going to take a fair amount of work moving lots of stuff to even
get the saw onto the cabinet for a test, and I figure I might even
have to use it for a while before I could tell how well it works. So,
before I try that, I'm curious whether others have a setup that tall
that they are happy with.
My shop is currently so tight and the miter table sits to the left of
the table saw that I purposely made it exactly the height of the TS so
I could maxamize my left of blade space and get the extra supprot on
wide pieces. Even so I think I am still less than 4 ft.
The miter saw bed is about the same height as the table saw. It's a
comfortable work height for me, and I do a lot of work on the support
table next to the miter saw.
A couple 2x4s screwed to a piece of plywood might let you mock up the new
height of your saw so you can see how the new height works out.
Set your existing table with SCMS on some concrete blocks as a mock up
Since the blocks are 8", the test will be 35 5/8" + 8" = 43 5/8" which
still puts the SCMS at chest height.
We have an older folding stand with a 12" on it and it's at least that
tall. It's not our everyday saw so I can't measure it right now. My
guess is that it's probably 42" or so. I like it that high because I
hardly have to bend over to see my cut. I don't think you will find
40" or so too high as long as you have support for longer pieces.
I built Norm Abrams portable miter saw table which puts my miter saw
table top at 43" from the floor. I really like the height. No bending
over at all.. The board and saw blade are much easier to see.. 40 1/4"
sounds to low to me.. Especially for you.. -Jim
On 1/11/2010 1:28 PM, Chris Wolf wrote:
I wouldn't think it is the work surface height that's so important,
but the height of comfortably operating the tool, handling the tool,
itself. Bending a little, to see the work being done, shouldn't be
such a big issue, though it's nice to comfortably see your work. I
wouldn't want to reach uncomfortably high, to grasp the saw handle/
grip. Mid-chest high, for that tool, is comfortable for me, at 6'.
I have a Delta sawbuck whose work surface is 35-1/2". Gripping the
handle is about 8"-10" higher. It's comfortable for me. I still have
to bend, often, to see what I'm aligning, before cutting. Table saws
are 34-1/2", work cabinets/tables are 36". ... I bend all the time to
see things, properly.
I have a French buffet that is 39". Mounting a miter saw on it would
be, I think, uncomfortably high to handle a miter saw. That would put
the handle/grip at least 12" higher. I am visualizing this might be
an awkward reach. Compare this sort of reach with operating a RAS.
I'm with others in: Make a mock-up table and test a few heights that
suit your reach, not necessarily what you can see, conveniently, as
A comparison, somewhat, would be: Using a skill saw at 30-35" is much
easier, and probably safer, than at 43"- 45". It's not seeing or
aligning, for the cutting result, that's so important, but the cutting
technique. The best cutting result would be a product of the best
Don't allow the tool, or its setup, to control you or dictate to you.
YOU control the tool.
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