I’ve been a woodworker for 25 years, but I’ve never written about my experiences. Like many of you, I too tired of always digging out my miter saw, lifting it up on my Black & Decker Workmate, using it, only to put it back down on the ground so I could use the work surface for something else. I decided to make a stand for the miter saw, and started browsing a number of articles in either Woodsmith, Popular Woodworking or Woodworkers Journal. There were lots of ideas, but it wasn’t until I saw an article on a Flip Top Stand that I was really intrigued. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many articles on this concept but there were a number of Sketchup Models in their warehouse that I could use. The model I liked the best was designed by Paul Stoops. What’s great about it was he offered not just the Sketchup model, but his complete set of plans, free of charge. Now he designed his for a DeWalt DW735 Planer and a Performax 16-32 Drum Sander, and I have neither of those machines. I wanted one designed for a Ryobi AP10 Planer and a Craftsman 10” Sliding Compound Miter Saw.
So I started designing one. I wanted to keep the height of the table (plus the miter saw) to 36”. This actually put my table around 32” high. I really didn’t need the width to be 32”. I wanted to slim it down to just the width of the widest of my machines. That was 22” plus the thickness of the material. Since I was planning on using some construction grade plywood that was sitting out in my shed, the total width came to 24”. Paul’s design had a drawer in the bottom section that “floated” off the ground, and the wheels were mounted on the outside of this. I really liked this concept. Use the space available as efficiently as possible. So if I take my width, take it straight down, encompassing a drawer near the ground, then the wheels would sit on the outside of the carcass. As long as I created a stout system for supporting the whole thing, it should work. This is what I’ve come up with.
I need to tweak a number of things, but I figure it’s a good starting point. Let me know what you think.