One of my favorite and most used shop builds is my miter saw stand. I looked it up today and I built this in Feb of 2014. It was one of the first things I built for my old shop but it was before I was making build videos.
It’s mobile so I can move it about, which I do very often. It has foldable wings that don’t interfere with the deck when down but do help support longer joints when up. I built a large bin to quickly toss in cut offs to get rid of and a shelf to just as quickly place cut offs that are worth keeping.
At the time I had a miter saw that didn’t have a sliding feature and I built the stand for that saw. Since then, I’ve passed it along to my dad and switched over to a saw that is sliding. Although with this new saw, I can’t rotate it to a full 45 degrees without the back bumping into the frame of the stand. I’ve been just dealing with it up until now, but I’ve finally had enough and have decided to remake the stand.
I thought about going to a more stationary unit but decided against it. I love my stand being mobile as I often move it around, and I love having the ability to expand or collapse it’s footprint as needed.
Things I Used in This Project:
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Miter saw: http://amzn.to/2tF5Az
Track saw: http://amzn.to/2qmTytb
Band saw: https://amzn.to/2LPckmk
Pocket Hole Jig: http://bit.ly/31TeZRi
Corner Clamping Jig: http://amzn.to/2nJrfE0
Wood Glue: http://amzn.to/2hMkdZw
Piano hinges: https://amzn.to/2XCgdSC
Super jaws: http://amzn.to/2qFLYJF
Bessey Clamps: https://amzn.to/2T0Fvqo
Titebond Thick & Quick: https://amzn.to/2KflUe0
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18 Gauge Brad Nailer: https://amzn.to/2IvOziJ
Almost all the pieces are a rectangle so this goes pretty quickly. The only slightly odd shaped parts are the two wing supports. When cutting these, I joined both together and cut out one large rectangle to start. This way I could just make a diagonal cut and have two pieces.
Next I quickly taped the two parts together before taking them to the bandsaw and cutting out that top notch. Be sure to use the fence when making long straight cuts like this.
Then shove it out of the way to freehand and finish it. Now I have two identical parts.
Moving onto assembly. I’m using my Armor Tool jig to create pocket holes in three pieces that will be the shelves. I first set up the jig with a piece of my material in it’s jaws to adjust the depth of the drilling block, and the collar on the bit. You can use 2x4s as side supports for wider pieces like this.
After drilling in the rest of the pocket holes on the other shelves I brought out my Rockler Clamp It Square Jigs to help assemble things together. You’ll notice I’m using two different types of plywood. I was using what I had on hand which was one sheet of red oak veneer ply and one construction grade ply. I arranged the parts so all the visible pieces were cut from the nicer ply and the more hidden ones from the construction grade. These jigs make quick work of assembling a box and making sure it goes together at a 90.
When I was done attaching the bottom, I went ahead and attached four casters. You know, I make almost everything I build in the shop mobile but this stand by far gets moved the most. So even if you skip casters on your other builds, I recommend not skipping them on this one.
To put in the top shelf, I flipped the unit on it’s head then placed in two spacers to act as a ledge. Notice I’m placing the shelves with the pocket holes down. This way you won’t see them when the unit is complete.
Also, if you get a set of these plans and have a different saw you’ll just need to measure from a flat surface up to the deck of your saw to figure out where to place this shelf.
I repeated with new spacers to place the shelf. If you wanted to change up your stand so it was all shelves you could carry on with this process until the space was filled.
Lets go ahead and keep things upside down for a second, it will just make attaching the next pieces easier. These parts will be what the wings will be hinged onto later on. And since they need to be flushed to the top of the sides, I could use some glue (in this case I’m using Titebond Original) then only worry about lining it up flush to the front.
With that the body is done, I could move the entire thing down to the ground and start attaching the wings. To do this I first cut to size a piano hinge to fit the fold up wings.
You can make quick work of this if you use a reciprocating saw but a hack saw will work as well. I used my SuperJaws to hold onto the hinge as I cut it.
To make sure it was lined up in the proper place I used two Bessey quick clamps to clamp down a scrap board to the top of my wing.
Since piano hinge screws are so small and hard to get started, I used a small pre drill before driving in the screws. If you use the stock screws that come with the hinge, I recommend driving them in by hand as they are incredibly easy to over tighten and strip out.
Next, I repeated the process by setting the wing in place and attaching the other side of the hinge to the built out piece I attached in the last step. I suppose I could have made things easier on myself by leaving the unit upside down on my workbench. That’s a tip to make your build easier, if you tackle this one.
Alright then after repeating on the other side you can see I have two foldable wings. Now to add the supports to keep them open.
I cut yet another two strips of hinge to length, then stuck one wing support at a time in my SuperJaws to attach. I went ahead and upgraded the screws used here to something a little more heavy duty than the stock screws. Oh, with the wings being directional I made sure I was attaching the hinge in the correct orientation so that it would fold correctly when opened and closed.
If I had left the unit upside down on my workbench, I could have just left it that way….but oh well. So I next flipped it back over again. With the body on it’s head and both wings opened up, I started by setting one wing support into place and lining it up. It’s important to attach this hinge on at a true 90 so that when it swings out to support the wing, it will hold it up level. After predrilling the holes in the hinge on the opposite side, I also used the beefier screws to attach it to the body of the stand.
Next I attached a stop. I first positioned the wing so that it would provide the most support to the center of the area where a board would be laid across, took a few measurements to get the other wing in the same position, then cut a small block from some thin scrap I had in my bin.
I didn’t want to use nails or screws to attach it so I applied some quick setting glue called Thick and Quick. I love this stuff….it’s from Titebond so it’s quality but you just need to apply pressure for about 60 seconds before moving on.
Alright, lets flip it over and get a look at it. I typically fold the wings up from the front but I’m trying to stay out of your way so you can see. Wing goes up, support comes out, stops against the block on the underside then it’s ready to use but when you’re done one or both can be flipped back down and you’re back to a small footprint for storage or even general use.
In the bottom most cubby, you could use this space to store a shop vac however, I love having a place to toss the cut offs that I’ll be trashing so I stuck with making a bin. It’s simple construction for the box but I did cut in a handle on both the front and back pieces as well as a lower profile to make tossing items in easier.
This is great for keeping the work area clean, as you’re getting rid of waste as soon as you create it, but I also very frequently root through here when needing material to cut spacers from.
Annnnd that’s it for the build portion. This is easily a day build so if you’ve been needing a better miter saw stand solution, I encourage you to take it on. You can see that by rebuilding the body, I not only cut down on the footprint of the entire unit but also gave the saw the room it needed to wag it’s tail freely.
Alright one last step! I took the time to quickly coat the wings as well as the top shelf with a clear coat. I’m getting in the habit of applying this to all my unfinished shop furniture to give it a coat of protection. Just incase a drink gets set down on it or something spills. This finish makes it very easy to wipe off and clean.
And that’s the end of this build. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my stand! I hope you enjoyed it and don’t forget you can get a set of plans here.
I’ll see you on my next build!