For years I used a store-bought miter saw stand in my
workshop. It was light and easy to fold up—great for hauling around in the back
of my pickup truck. These days, though, my saw doesn't leave my workshop more
than once or twice a year. And as much as I liked that stand, it took up a lot of
floor space in my shop—and who's got extra floor space? I decided to build a
saw stand that wouldn't hog so much room. My new stand sits 38 in. high and 90 in.
wide with the wings up. It's only 30 in. wide with the wings down, which is
almost 3 ft. shorter than my other stand!
I built the plywood carcass of the stand first. The sides
are at the same level as the cutting surface of my saw. I attached 1/4-in.
plywood on the back. When the carcass was assembled, I flipped the whole thing
upside down and fastened the hinges that hold the wings on. Next, I installed
the braces that hold the wings up. The braces are attached to the carcass with
hinges, and plywood blocks screwed to the bottom of the wings hold them in
place. Don't glue the blocks down in case you need to fine-tune them. I built a
simple drawer and installed it with drawer slides. Finally, I attached four
casters, so I can roll it out of the way when I'm sweeping up (which, admittedly, isn't very
To build this project, I bought a sheet of 3/4-in. BC
plywood, a half sheet of 1/4-in. plywood, four casters and couple of drawer
slides. The whole thing, not including the finish (which I had), cost me $75,
and took a whole Saturday to build. If I had to build another one, I might
consider using a new or used lower cabinet, and attaching the wings and casters
— Mark Petersen, Contributing Editor
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I am considering this project idea and noted your comment at the end. I like the idea of repurposing a used cabinet if possible.
Another consideration (and possibly a cheaper alternative to using casters) would be to purchase a "furniture movers' dolly" with 200 lb. capacity at Harbor Freight (with a coupon you can buy it for $8).
This gives you the ability to move your saw stand for clean-up purposes (or for any reason) plus, by temporarily removing your saw stand) gives you a solid moving dolly to use for those (hopefully) rare occasions when you need to move a large or heavy item.
I noticed you have the saw sitting up on blocks- is there a purpose for the gap underneath the saw?
It would appear that that arrangement puts the lower end of the wing supports at the level of the bottom of the drawer, which perhaps slides on a shelf. Absent a plan, I can only guess.
To mjenx, those look like the snap in rails for the DeWalt miter stand. I have them installed on my miter saw and my planer.
I would suggest using only 2 swivel wheels, and two plain stops. This enables the unit to be picked up on the fixed stop side, move around on the swivel wheels, and once placed down it holds it in place.
Any chance of seeing the plan for this miter saw stand? This article leaves more questions than it provides answers for, in my opinion! Great idea, need to see plan!%0d%0a
I never did have any plans for this project besides my own chicken scratchings. We may feature a similar project in an upcoming edition, no sooner than the summer though.
I like the furniture mover idea, but If I had to do it over (which I may), I do believe I would use swivel wheels only on the front.
The gap under the stand: I still occasionally use my portable miter stand, so I decided to build this stand at a height that would accommodate the brackets that hook on the portable stand.
You can find the plans here. Minus the drawer. ana-white.com/.../miter-saw-cart
Nice project. I built one similar and made it big enough so I could store the saw on the bottom shelf when not in use and use the top table as a tool table. Also that allows me to store the saw and cart under our train layout benchwork, the top of my stand measures 30 inches high and the train bechwork is about 36 inches. That measurement also is the height of the folding cafeteria table that I use as an outfeed table for the table saw and to support long boards on the miter saw.%0d%0aAs for the wheels I went with 5 inch because when I move the cart it bumps over some uneven surfaces going from the garage to my outdoor work area. And I used all swivels, that makes it easier to store in a tight spot or follow me around my other projects.%0d%0a%0d%0aThanks for sharing!
Nice project. I built one similar and made it big enough so I could store the saw on the bottom shelf when not in use and use the top table as a tool table. Also that allows me to store the saw and cart under our train layout benchwork, the top of my stand measures 30 inches high and the train bechwork is about 36 inches. That measurement also is the height of the folding cafeteria table that I use as an outfeed table for the table saw and to support long boards on the miter saw.
As for the wheels I went with 5 inch because when I move the cart it bumps over some uneven surfaces going from the garage to my outdoor work area. And I used all swivels, that makes it easier to store in a tight spot or follow me around my other projects.
Thanks for sharing!
When maximizing space, I always remember to go vertically to create as much space as possible. That is also the first step I always do whenever I rent a storage unit. I bring in shelves and racks to fully utilize the wall areas to store and organize things at the same time.
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