If you work with wood or metal, then you must be familiar with a miter saw. A miter saw is a device that is used to make cross cuts in a wood or metal workpiece. A miter saw is also known as a chop saw. Now, if you have any experience in the field, you must not be a stranger to the hassles of using a miter saw. So how to build a miter saw stand?
How To Build A Miter Saw Stand Using Two Different Methods?
Now there are a lot of ways to make your miter saw table. The variety of procedures teach you to build a variety of miter saw stands ranging from a sophisticated table to a simple stand. However, here we have compiled some of the best, most comfortable, and most efficient ways to build up a miter saw stand. You can choose any of the following methods and follow the steps to build yourself a magnificent miter saw stand.
Total Time: 2 Hour
Step 1: Cutting
You need to start by cutting the plywood into two different sizes. One chunk should be approximately 15.5 inches wide. In contrast, the other piece should be 16 inches wide. The first piece, that is, 15.5 inches ( appx.), is to be used in the bottom. In comparison, the 16 inches wide strip is to be used on the top.
You now need to cut the 1x6s into six 15.5 inches long chunks. These pieces are required for the dividers. Keep the thickness of the top appx. 3.5 inches. Before cutting all the pieces, make sure that your saw is aligned. Cut a piece and measure it for length and alignment. If it is perfect, then go ahead and cut the rest of the five pieces similarly. Do not worry if the wood pieces are not identical. Small variations in sizes do not affect the overall design.
Tip: If your table saw cannot cut that wide, you can also use a circular saw. But this tip is only handy for people who are pro and are using the circular saw. This technique will need a steady hold on the saw, which comes with experience.
Step 2: Assembling
In this step, you will assemble the parts. You need to begin the process by laying out the divider position. As you know that different miter saws come in different sizes, it means that you need to understand what your size needs are. You need to design the stand according to the size of your miter saw. Keep the middle dividers on the left side evenly. Screw it to the base and flip the assembly to attach the base to a 2×4 runners. Screwing will do the job.
Now measure the height of the table but exclude the top. Next, rip the back pieces to fit, then cut them to length. Screw the back and top to the dividers
3. Mounting The Saw
Now you need to clamp the saw. For this step, you will need a drill. You need to drill ⅛ inches deep holes in the wood. These holes are to mark the positions of the hanger bolts. Once this is done, remove the saw. Now very carefully drill pilot holes into the wood. Make sure that the hanger bolts fit in the mounting holes perfectly.
Tip: It is advisable to use acorn nuts. If you can not use acorn nuts for some reason, then do not worry. You can also use this little trick. Use two nuts and tighten them against each other at the top of the machine.
Step 4: Building Mount And Fence
Now the final step. In the last step, you need to cut two pieces of 1x4s. Keep the length of the pieces similar to that of the top left side. Make sure to minimize the wastage. So, use the leftover wood to cut four pieces of triangular braces. Now the technical part, you need to screw together the two pieces of 1x4s. After doing this successfully, space the braces.
Once the spacing is done with precision, carefully screw the braces to each 1×4 piece. Now align the fence. You can use a straightedge for this purpose. Now screw the fence to join it with each of the dividers.
Tip: It is advisable to use 1-⅝ inch screws for assembling the fence.
The very first thing that we will do is to build the legs. As is known by all, you need to build four legs. For making the legs, you should join a piece of 2×4 and a piece of 2×6 together. You should cut each of these pieces about 27.5 inches long.
You should not forget to add three 1.5 inches pocket holes. Add holes to one of the sides of each 2×4 piece. Once you are done with the holes, connect the 2×4 piece to a 2×6 piece with the help of a line of wood glue and pocket hole screws of approximately 2.5 inches.
Now you need to build the frames of the stand. Before making the frames, you need to understand that there must be two pieces of frame: one for the top and another for the bottom.
To make the frames, you need the pieces of woodcut in the following measurement:
Measurement for Top Frame
- 2 – 2×4 @ 84 inches
- 3 – 2×4 @ 20.5 inches
Measurement for Bottom Frame
- 2 – 2×4 @ 78 inches
- 3 – 2×4 @ 14.5 inches
Now you should attach each of the frames. You should use 1.5-inch pocket holes to add each of the 20.5 inches and 14.5-inch pieces. If you want to use longer boards, you need to use slightly bigger pocket holes. You can use 2.5-inch pocket holes for longboards.
Now that you have successfully made the legs and the frames, it is time to join them. For attaching legs to the frames, you will need 2.5-inch wood screws. Put the screws into the back of the bottom frame and hold each leg properly at its place.
It is now time to cut the plywood. Cut your plywood according to the measurements given below:
- Top piece – 24 x 84 inches
- Bottom piece – 17.5 x 78 inches
Once you have attached the four legs to the bottom frame, join the first piece of plywood. You can use one ¼ inch brad nails for this task. All you need to do is to nails the plywood into the frame.
Now, attach the top frame of the table.
You can do so by using the wood screws. Now add the plywood panel to the top. You can use brad nails.
Now that you have a fully functioning table, it is time to kick it up a notch. You now need to attach the casters to a piece of 2×6, cut to 5 inches. Take wood screws to coin these pieces with the legs.
Now that you have a workbench, it is time to build up the fence. Take 1×8 cut into two pieces for making fences. You should always keep in mind that different saws are of different lengths and sizes. So, you need to take the length of the fence according to the length of your miter saw. Add ¾ inch pocket holes to one of the sides of the boards. Then line up these boards along with the fence. Now attach the whole thing to the top of the table by using one ¼ inch pocket hole screws.
In the very final step, you need to adjust the angles of the fence. Also, keep in mind that every piece is attached firmly. You can use brad nails to achieve the required sturdiness.
What is Miter Saw Stand?
One of the most common problems which every user of a miter saw faces at one point or the other is the inconvenience it poses while cutting a long piece of wood. Whenever you try to cut a slightly longer and unsupported workpiece, the frequent vibration and resultant motion of the saw makes it very uncomfortable and nearly impossible to use.
This problem has a straightforward solution: Stands! But stands are quite expensive. Stands are neither very convenient to use nor have any other usage apart from holding the miter saw. Hence, they are not worth all the money and effort. So what to do? Well, do not worry! We are here to tell you all about building your miter saw stand.
Things You Would Need To Build A Miter Saw Stand
- Folding Brackets: Bracket is a technical term used in the field of architecture. It is a structural as a well decorative device used to provide support to the construction. Brackets are categorized into many categories based on the materials they are made of and the purposes served. A folding bracket is generally made of steel and is used in works of wood and metal.
- Locking Castors: 3-inch locking castors are required. It has a lock. The lock is intended to jam the wheel. Once locked, the castor is not able to spin.
- Miter Saw: A miter saw is a type of power tool. It is used to make accurate crosscuts. It is also known as a chop saw.
- Drill: A power tool. It has a rotating tip. It cuts through materials like wood, metal, stone, etc.
- Drill Bit: Tools that are attached to the drill machine for drilling holes. The job of drill bits is to cut holes in different materials like wood, stone, metal, etc. These are available in different sizes but are always circular.
- Impact Driver: An impact driver is a device very commonly used in the woodworking and metalworking industry. It is often used by mechanics to loosen large corroded screws and nuts.
- 2 ½” Screws:
- One ¼” Screws
- Tape Measure: A thin metal strip marked with measurements.
- Clamps: Devices to hold things together
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
1. What should be the height of a miter saw stand?
You have to measure the height from the base on a flat surface to the surface of the miter saw. Remember that it must have enough depth that it allows the base of the saw to stay on the table firmly.
2. Once I attach my saw horizontally, can it remain that way even when the stand is folded vertically?
Yes, it can stay attached. No worries.
3. Could this stand be folded while the saw is fixed to it?
Yes, it can be folded.
4. Is it worth putting all the effort into building a miter saw stand?
Definitely. Not just for amateurs, but it is recommended to experienced professionals as well. A miter saw stand versatile and compact; it allows you to cut larger pieces of timber easily, cutting which otherwise would have been a struggle.
5. I often go to different sites for work. Is it possible to carry a miter saw stand along with me?
Yes, it is relatively compact and lightweight. So, you can carry it along wherever you go without any issues.
A miter saw stand, as you must have understood by now, is an essential but costly piece of equipment. Although all need it, it is generally not afforded by all. But as you are a workman, this is a perfect opportunity for you to showcase your skills and save some bucks. You now know how to build a miter saw stand. With the help of the steps mentioned above and different procedures, you can now make your miter saw stand with no difficulty.