|Project by JimYoung||posted 08-02-2015 06:34 PM||1711 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
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