How to Make a Miter Saw Stand
Building a miter saw stand is an easy woodworking project that requires a little wood and a few other materials for construction. This article will discuss the tools, materials and steps that you need to make a wooden stand for your miter saw.
Step 1: Build the Support Boxes for the Miter Saw
You will need to build support structure for the box that will reside underneath the saw table. Cut wood for the box structure using the miter saw. You will need to cut 4 long supports for the ends of the box and 2 supports for the center. Build 2 of these support boxes for the miter saw box.
The supports will be placed under the saw table that you will construct in the next step.
Step 2: Build the Miter Saw Table
Align the support boxes that you built in step 1, using a piece of 2x4 as a spacer. Place a piece of plywood over the support boxes. Attach the plywood to the support boxes using screws. Remove the space 2x4 and place the table assembly to the side in order to build the legs to the miter saw table.
Step 3: Assemble the Legs
Cut additional pieces of wood to create the table legs for the miter saw stand. The legs should be between 36 and 40 inches in length. Use treated 2 X 4 wood since you intend to use the stand outdoors. You will again use the miter saw to make the legs. With the legs cut, set a cross brace in place in order to provide stability to the legs. You will need to cut additional pieces of wood for the cross braces. Attach the braces to the bottom of the leg and assemble them for attachment to the miter saw table.
Step 4: Attach the Legs to the Miter Saw Table
Take the miter saw table assembly and attach the legs that you built to it. Use screws to attach the legs to the saw table.
Step 5: Attach the Miter Saw to the Table
With the legs attached to the box, add additional bracing to stabilize the structure and make sure that it does not move. You will need to make sure that the stand is stable enough to place the miter saw on without giving way. With the structured in place, bolt the miter saw to the table.
Step 6: Build Stock Guides
With the remaining wood you will need to attach an extension to the table that will create a guide for the wood stock when fed into the miter saw. The guides are necessary to make sure that the wood remains level when cut and does not move. The guides are a piece of 2 X 4 that you attach to the miter saw table parallel to the miter saw. Once you attach the stock guides to the miter saw table, you have completed the construction of your miter saw stand.