My miter saw broke, and so did the Delta Miter Saw Stand that I’ve been using for almost a year.
For most carpenters, the miter saw is an absolute necessity. It’s a little funny since for the woodworker the table saw would be the most important stationary/bench tool. Now that I’m in the field, it’s the miter saw that sees the most use. Probably 3 to 1 compared to the table saw. (I couldn’t function long without either)
The Delta stand was nice but didn’t hold up to bouncing around in my Rolling Workshop. Neither did my Craftsman miter saw, but that’s a different post.
I replaced my saw and decided to ditch the Delta stand for my own “Shop Made” miter saw stand. Most of the really good crown guys I’ve come across have made their own unique stands to fit their workflow and the type of work they do. Therefore take my design with the idea of using the concept for your own needs rather than making an exact copy.
Getting a different type of miter saw stand like this DeWalt was something I debated for a while. In the end, it was better to make what I wanted/needed than use a commercially available stand. The issue with the manufactured miter saw stands is that they are made as a “one-size-fits-all” product and that just doesn’t work. They’re are too many different miter saws and a huge variance in how they are used. Therefore making your own is the way I thing most people should go.
The stands for table saws are different in that they just hold the saw in position. The table saw itself is all the work surface you need, other than a simple out-feed table. Miter saw stands are asked to do a lot more.
My stand had to do several things.
- The first was to break down into a compact package that stored easily in my trailer. The Delta Stand took up A LOT of space. I wanted the stand to break in to 3 pieces: The base, and two extension wings. (I mounted a piece of plywood to the saw itself, so four if you want to be picky)
- The second thing was that I wanted at least 4ft on each side of the blade to hold material. I also wanted a large surface that I could lay a 2×12 on without it falling or tipping. Each wing is 4ft long and this gives me almost five feet of support on each side of the blade. That is plenty for my work.
- The third thing is that I wanted the stand to be made from on sheet of 3/4″ plywood. Home depot carries some nice Radita Pine 6-ply plywood that I really like for cabinets, jigs, and just about everything. It’s $30.00 a sheet in my area.
I didn’t really have a design in mind when I made the stand, just a concept. The stand definitely needs some improvements, but as far as the idea goes I think it is solid. I’m going to keep refining and tweaking it. One there I may show you how to build this design. But for now I’m just sharing my “proof-of-concept” for you to use for inspiration for your own.
Also here is another DIY stand that a carpenter made to meet his needs. It’s what inspired me to make my own.