Hign School Musical Power Miterbox Stand

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Project by JimYoung posted 08-02-2015 06:34 PM 1637 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my son got involved with the high school musical, and I got drafted to help with set construction. The school had a nice Rigid 12” power miter saw, but we were using an old prop table and some saw horses to support it. The table and the saw horses didn’t line up, and it was always in the way in the middle of the shop.

This saw stand is based on the design by John White published in Fine Woodworking. I had to modify the design because our saw was much wider than the one John used. I also made it taller so the work surface is 36” high to hopefully save my back a bit. The design uses two sheets of 3/4” plywood (I used maple veneer) and some odds and ends for hardware. If features fold out wings and locking casters so it can be moved around the shop and stored out of the way. The wings have movable fences that expand to support longer stock. Everything is glued and screwed, after pre-drilling the holes and countersinking. The school sprung for a new shop vac and an automatic switch to start and stop the vacuum. It was a nice father son project over a few days.

All told, there is ~$270.00 in materials including the new shop vac ($60) and switch($55). I’ve still got to figure out an adaptor to get from the 1 3/4” hose to the 2.5” port on the saw. I ordered an adaptor kit, but all of the fittings were the same size as what I was trying to connect. I guess there is always duck tape!

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 07:56 PM

Oh I really like this. I have been saying for years I am so tired of the stand I use for the miter saw…the one with fold up legs that are always in the way. Perhaps this will be one of the next projects. I have never seen a stand so compact. By chance can you direct me to the plans you used?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 08:18 PM

Sweet. I like it. I love your extension tables.

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 09:25 PM

go to your local hardware store or plumbing shop an ask for 2 X 1-1/2 fernco coupling. i have a dewalt saw with the small outlet and the above coupling works just fine. it is flexible pvc and uses hose clamps to secure

-- Bill ewinger

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 09:29 PM

Love the table and you really need that box those vacs make a lot a noise.
Would just like to add you may want to add some more holes for the vac they get really hot when closed up

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 09:52 PM

Hi Larry,

If you go to the fine woodworking site, it is one of their free plans. You can sign up for a free online membership I think and get access to the plans/article.

Thanks for the tip on the coupler, I’ll look into it.

I’ve got 2 holes on the front and five holes on the back, all 2 1/8” diameter. This vacuum is actually pretty quiet, and even more so in the cabinet.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 04:23 AM

Nice project Jim.I like the removable front access panel.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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