Mobile Mitersaw Cabinet

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Project by Herb posted 02-04-2009 09:39 PM 4323 views 26 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would show you a project that I completed last fall. It is a mitersaw cabinet that has extensions on either side. I got the plans from one of the woodworking magazines and built it pretty much as it was drawn with some minor changes on the inside of the cabinet to accommodate my power tools. I also added a drawer for pencils, squares and miscellaneous hardware that came with the mitersaw. I find it very useful to have it on casters. Even though I have a fair amount of space in the shop, I put a skid steer in the garage during winter. Because of this, I try to keep everything fairly mobile so that the shop space can be reconfigured easily.

-- "I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them" - Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 02-04-2009 10:53 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-04-2009 11:14 PM

Do you know which magazine and issue this came from?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 02-04-2009 11:22 PM

Here is a link to the basic plans.

I’vebeen thinking about building this for a little while. I was wondering, how well do the arms do to support boards. Do they sag under weight? Any need for built in adjusters? Just curious.

It looks like you did a great job in the excecution. I can’t wait to try this myself. I’ll be happy if it comes out 1/2 as nice. Looks like we even have the same mitre saw. Thanks for posting!

Edit: I should add that I think it is awesome of popular woodworking to provide a few plans like these for free. Between this and the Chris Schwarz blog, it has me quite devoted. They will be my next subsricption when my current one runs out (I only get one at a time)

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#4 posted 02-04-2009 11:24 PM

I knew someone would ask me that. It was Popular Woodworkiing but I don’t know exactly what issue. I did a quick search and just found it online at the following address:

It includes a downloadable pdf. It was an article written by Jim Stuard. Regarding parts, I believe I ordered my aluminum channel from Hartville Tool but there are quite a few places that carry it. The rest of it was purchased locally and the wood is birch hardwood and plywood.

I have not had any noticeable sag with any of the larger boards. I do also own a radial arm saw so most of the real big stuff gets cut there. When you say adjusters, I assume you mean for the stop with the measure. I’m sure over time, I’ll have to remake the stop but at the moment it is dead on. For pieces shorter than about 14” or so, I have a spacer block that I place in between the stop and the work piece.

-- "I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them" - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 02-04-2009 11:50 PM

Thanks for the post. I have mine on a similar cabinet with no extensions. I will have to remodify it and put on the wings. Been wondering for quite sometime as to how to do it. Now I got my answer. Thanks again,

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 02-05-2009 03:11 AM

Herb, I also used the same plans and built it as shown, except I made adjustable legs that rest on the floor.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 04:30 AM

This is a nice miter saw stand. I have been meaning to make another one. I built mine with fixed wings and the entire thing spans 8’ so it can be a little cumbersome to move around. I really like the looks of this one. Thanks for the link.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 09:08 PM

May have to look into that more closely. If anyone is looking for a magazine that has free projects….go to Wood magazine. They have the templates right in the magazine and you can use that. I’ve made a few of their projects and they work really well. If you find them on the net, they also have free video demos and downloadable pdf ’s for free.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 05:22 PM

Awesome! I have my miter saw on a similar base and now I can add the much needed wings and stops…but I am wondering if routing the channel and stop into the wing like yours is better than having a continuous fence and put a flip stop on that?? Any thoughts fellas? Great job on the stand…


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#10 posted 02-26-2010 08:29 AM

very nice….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 08:12 AM

Thanks for the photos Herb. I have been thinking about the same stand and it’s nice to see someone actually do it (outside of PW that is!). Nice work!

-- 73, Bob

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