Miter Saw Stand

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Project by Peter Oxley posted 04-28-2009 05:41 AM 14581 views 26 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this miter saw stand based on plans from a Woodcraft Magazine article.

My saw is quite a bit bigger than the one in the article, and has a very wide swing on the table, so I modified the stand top to match. Also, the extra weight required me to put reinforced legs on the stand.

I wanted the table to be higher than the one in the article. Since the stand has folding legs, the length of the legs are limited by the length of the stand. I made the table about 82” long. This made the table top come out at 36” high (the height of most of my power tool stands) and will still fit in a short-bed pickup.

The flipstops slide in dovetailed ways. I made one right and one left for maximum use at the ends of the fences. There is also an extension stop which pulls out from behind the fence.

I intend to put fixed casters on the right-hand end of the table so the stand can be wheeled around when the legs are folded up. An adhesive tape measure will go on the fences and on the extension stop for easy and accurate set-ups.

The solid material is 4Com Soft Maple and the table tops are Natural Birch ply. Everything is finished with a water-based semi-gloss finish.

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 06:12 AM

This is really cool It looks like it has more features than my store bought Dewalt stand. That looks like a Ridgid 12”slider I have one for my shop it’s very heavy an bulky. This is a great design as you upgraded it and a great build. It should save you well for a long time.

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 06:31 AM

Really too nice for the shop Peter.
5 coats of natural Tung oil now and it’s on its way to the dining room .


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#3 posted 04-28-2009 07:28 AM

I really wish I has space for something like that. It looks really nice. I made one that doesn’t exactly line up with my saw out of recycled 2×4’s. I wouldn’t cut molding with it but it works for fencing.


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#4 posted 04-28-2009 12:24 PM

Nice looking miter saw stand.

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 02:08 PM

Peter, this is a well designed stand. It has a lot of useful features to it. I particularly like its portability and size.

Nice job.

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 03:18 PM

I second Bob – too nice to use. I must try making thos flip stops some day

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#7 posted 04-29-2009 12:53 AM

Thanks, guys! It’s a little too narrow to use as a dinner table … maybe a lunch counter?

Eventually, I’d like all my cabinets and stands to look nice, almost like they belong in a home. I spend a lot of time in the shop and I want to feel like I work in a nice place. And since I don’t have a showroom, the things I build for the shop have to fill in as items that are representative of my work. If the materials and construction and finishes can stand up to the abuse of the shop and job site, that says a lot for how they will do in a client’s home.

A correction: that’s #2 Common Soft Maple, not #4 Com.

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 05:41 AM

Looks great had any trouble with the legs? They look a little thin but then again I have a tendency to over engineer most of the time.

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 10:51 PM

Good question, Hacksaw. The original plans called for clear pine and just flat pieces for legs. That might be enough for a smaller saw, but not for a saw this heavy. Even with the maple, there was a lot of bounce. I attached another board about 1½” wide to the inside of the legs to form an “L”, and that stiffened them up.

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#10 posted 04-30-2009 02:30 PM

Great looking project! I love the details, your flip down and extendable stops look very cool.


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#11 posted 04-30-2009 02:46 PM

Very nice. Good idea to also make it portable if you need to move it. Great job.
Maybe not a dinning table but how about a serving table???? ;-)

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 03:02 PM

Wow, very impressive!

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