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Miter Saw Stand: Adding the Kreg Precision Trak and Stop System

I have been contemplating what to do about a method to repeatedly and accurately cut boards on my new miter saw stand. I am using an article in Fine Woodworking magazine as my woodworking plan for this project. In the article titled, “Your Miter Saw Needs a Stand”, author John White utilizes the Kreg Precision Trak and Stop System. When I began approaching the point in the building process where the Kreg stop needed to be purchased, I was a little surprised by the price. At the Kreg website, it is priced at $140.00 – I thought this was high.

A nice, but pricey fence stop system.

A nice, but pricey fence stop system.

I think I remember seeing Norm Abram create a shop made stop system, but after looking online for it or some other such method, I did not find anything significant (at least not quickly). Since I had gained a little money for my workshop fund, and as someone on Facebook pointed out, I will likely use this miter saw stand for the rest of my life, I decided to bite the bullet and get the Kreg stop system.

Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed with the heavy-duty nature of this stop system. The parts are nicely fabricated. The Kreg website says the parts are “incredibly strong and built to last.” I quickly began to realize why it costs as much as it does.

Still using my corded drill.

Still using my corded drill.

The first step in installation is to drill holes in the back of the top trak for screws. When I have to do a lot of serious drilling, I will pull out my old Craftsman corded drill.

Nice Kreg hardware.

Nice Kreg hardware.

I needed about one-and-a-half lengths of top trak per side table to span the length of each fence (note to self: if I keep messing with metal, I am going to have to upgrade my metal-cutting tools).

With the top trak installed, it was time to install the stops. The Kreg Precision Trak and Stop System comes with what they call a Production Stop along with a Swing Stop. The Production Stop shown installed to the left in the photo above, is just that, a stop used when your work calls for repetitive, production style fabrication. The Swing Stop (waiting for assembly in the foreground above) is something that can be quickly flipped up and out-of-the-way.

The measuring tape installed.

The measuring tape installed.

About the only thing that could go wrong with this installation would be messing up the addition of the two measuring tapes. There is a left and right tape. I have now owned two table saws where the tape on the fence guide isn’t accurate, so I sure wanted this to go well and it did. The instructions make the process easy and the adhesive on the tape is a little forgiving; sticky but repositioning prior to firmly sticking the tape in place is possible.

Introducing my new miter saw stand…
As you can see, I added a coat of neutral paint – I was looking for a color that resembled natural birch and this is close.

My miter saw ready for flight.

My miter saw ready for flight.

A view of the back.

A view of the back.

Stand-by mode.

Stand-by mode.

I was showing my wife how the saw and the stand work, especially the self-contained dust collection. I had both side tables in their upward position and showed her the large board capacity the stand has. What she really wanted to know was how she was going to get past it so she could get to her car. I quickly lowered the side tables and she smiled. She likes the things I make, but I have a way to go before she gets the same satisfaction I do.

I have needed this miter saw stand for many years. I can’t believe I waited so long before making a stand like this. The improvement in stock handling and the added safety and convenience will be huge. This brings to a close step two in my workshop renovation. I now have this stand and my new router table completed. A new tool cabinet is next and it will be a major project for me.

Other posts in this series
Miter Saw Stand: Getting Started
Miter Saw Stand: Building the Side Tables
Miter Saw Stand: Adding the Fences
Miter Saw Stand: Free SketchUp Model Available for Download.

26 Comments

  1. Jeff,
    The miter saw looks great. Well done.

    It looks as though you painter the side tables too. If so, will sliding you stock along the painted surface cause any issues?

    • I don’t know just yet. It could, but I wanted some sort of protection on the horizontal surfaces. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

      • Ken, I have had no problems with the painted finish. Wood moves fine. The only thing that could really be sticky is the extensions on the side tables. I have not had to use them much and there have been zero problems.

  2. Jane Branch Bell says

    Look what you have accomplished over a really short period of time! You are getting some nice woodworking pieces in your shop. Awesome!

    • Jane, you are right. My router table is a very nice addition and this miter saw stand will make using my miter saw a lot more fun!

  3. Wow, that looks spectacular and the extra expense of the Kreg track system appears to be justified. It just wouldn’t be the same had you fabricated your own. I’ve often made my own MDF tracks (laminated) but they seem to collect dust all too easily.

    • Olly, I think this will be plenty capable of collecting at least some dust, but it will be so cool to use. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  4. Darin says

    looking to build one of these myself and wanted to add the kreg trak/stop system as well. am I right to assume that it’ll only work with approx. 4′ lengths and lower given what appears to be around your 30″ wings on each side?

    • Darin – you can get additional lengths of track to make the stops go out as far from the blade as you want. I can’t remember how long the measuring tape is, but I think the tape would be your only limitation. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Darin says

        right, but you’re limited to the length of your wings that collapse, correct? I guess if I wanted to make one that could use the stop trak to a length of 6′ that you’d need to have a fixed table and not one with drop leafs

  5. John Walker says

    Nice job Jeff. For extra long pieces, it’s a good idea to use out-rigger supports. Such as the tripod mounted rollers, or the ‘clamp-to-the-bench’ roller support. Both of these alternatives can be adjusted to contact the work underneath, at the exact height of the mitre-saw table. Just a thought!
    Cheers. JW (UK)

  6. Jeffro says

    Hey Jeff, I like your ideas.I have figured out how to do away with the fold down wings. Put your table saw right in the way of driving in a car, add the 7′ rails along with a router table built into the end, and tell your wife it cant be moved. then build a more permanent miter saw station against the wall…. Well, it worked for me :-))

  7. I’ve always liked that Kreg settup for a miter saw station. Eventually, I plan to do the same for my human-powered miterbox. Well done Jeff. You’ll get a lot of precision use out of that.

  8. Just getting around to catching up on some of your older builds. I think I have as many shop projects planned as actual furniture projects – one of course is a miter saw table/stand. Currently I move mine around as needed. Mine is a big-ole 12″ Dewalt sliding saw and it is heavy. I’ve kind of temporarily staged it on an old table saw for now but there is no dust collection and no extension wings. Your build is nice AND mobile. Great work.

    • David – it has been a good stand. I have noticed a little flex along the front – there needs to be more structure there. But, overall it has been a gigantic improvement. 🙂

  9. Carlos says

    BAD NEWS
    As for the swing stop, the friction of the stop over the track will cause such a wear that it will move at an angle. No more precision. The industrial stop is the one that still works true.

  10. Michael Carpenter says

    Hi Jeff,
    I just built this miter stand and getting ready to mount trac. How do you account for the sliding fence extensions when mounting the tape at the top of the trac?

    Mike

    • No, the track system is only useful in the non-extended position. To be honest, I use the production stops, but I don’t use the tape measure much. I’m not that trusting.

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