$30 DIY Miter Saw Stand

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.

Ridgid 10 Inch Miter Saw, DIY Miter saw Stand

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)
  • Ridgid Miter Saw StandThe 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.

 

My New Workbench

It’s probably more like a workstation than a bench.  Actually it is the “Paulk Total Station”  designed by Ron Paulk.  He is a carpenter and home builder that has come up with very interesting organization systems, and work benches that are light weight and strong.

His total station incorporates a portable table saw, a miter-saw, and a router table into a portable 3ftx6ft table with extension arms for the miter saw.  I bought the plans and have been working on it the last several weeks.  I think it is a worthwhile investment and will work well in my small shop.

After I bought my miter saw, I spent a few days setting it up outside and then started looking for miter-saw station ideas.  My hope is this design will best utilize the space I have available.

Since Paulk has a 15 part youtube series on building this workstation and other benches, and he sells the plans on his website I’m not showing a step-by-step build. Paulk put a lot of time designing the plans in Sketch-up and gives you a detailed material list.

PTS pre ChristmasI haven’t yet installed the supports for my table saw or the extension wings.  But for where I’m leaving it (for now) I’m pretty much done.  After the “Christmas Crunch” of getting projects, gifts, and orders completed; I’ll finish it up completely.

The horses with material support are nice but I may end up using my new modular system to support the work top.  I’m going to sleep on this a little longer.

I’m loving it.  Primarily for the improved router table.  Before I had my router on a small table and used the table stand that came with it.  I incorporated my router table plate into the work bench.  It has made a world of difference in how I use my router.

I had to modify Paulk’s plans a little to fit my Craftsman 10″ Sliding Compound  Miter Saw.  Also instead of buying a router plate I used the table that came with my Ryobi 8.5 Amp 1-1/2 Peak Horsepower Router.

I used 2x4s to support my router plate. I used straight bit to cut the relief for the depth.  I got it perfect.
I used 2x4s to support my router plate. I used straight bit to cut the relief for the depth. I got it perfect.

 

router Station

The storage space directly under the table top is a nice feature for getting tools out of my way.  I’m going install a heavy duty power strip to run all the tools I leave at the station.  And so I can just plug it in if I go to a job site.

 

miter saw base
This base got me close to level, but I still had to use some 1/16th washers to get it perfect

miter saw stationThe Paulk Total Station takes up a lot of space in my shop but none of it is what I would call wasted.  And that is why it’s a welcome addition.

I’ll further modify the PTS to fit my specific needs  as time goes by.

 

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