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Project by TLAR_Engineering posted 07-09-2010 04:04 PM 10563 views 38 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decieded that I need to put up at least ONE picture to get things rolling here on LJ!

Here is my miter saw stand (Dewalt DW705 12”) that I made from a bunch of different ideas culled from magazines and the web. Works great! The side wings fold down to reduce the footprint. The fences are bolted to the wings, so to fold the wings I just rotate the supports back against the main stand and fold. No tools required. I also slotted the fence mounting so I can reposition the fence as required. The drawer holds wrenches, hold-downs, and stop guides. Behind the large door are my other saw blades and larger jigs. My stationary belt sander lives in there for now too…but that’s about to change I think.

More info (added 7/10/10)

Photo information:
1 Overall assembly
2 Shown with wings folded
3 Detail view of wings
4 Simple plywood drawer on slides hold stops and holddowns
5 Plenty of storage room underneath. A small, dedicated shopvac could easily live here!
6 Detail view of folding arms

  • Everything is made from 3/4” plywood
  • Height at saw table: 44”
  • Cabinet dimensions: 38” high x 32” wide (without wings) x 21 3/4” deep
  • Width of assembly with wings folded: 41 3/4” (from top of fence to top of fence)
  • Width of assembly with wings out: 104”
  • Width of “non-foldable wing” (in between saw and wing): 4”
  • Height of fence: 4” (also the width of the other, horizontal fence piece)
  • Wing dimensions: 36” x 21” (angled cuts are to ease movement around saw in shop…just do whatever looks right)
  • I used pocket holes for just about the entire assembly. I do love my Kreg jig!
  • T-Nuts and bolts hold down saw and fences
  • I used a forstener bit to create slight indents for the wing support bolt heads. This locks the wings nicely!

Thanks for looking guys! I’d be happy to answer any questions about this to help you build your own! I’m so happy with this, I kick myself for not doing it sooner…makes the miter saw much more user-friendly!

-Chris

-- Anything worth engineering...is worth OVER engineering!





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 04:11 PM

Hello Chris

I like your idea
Can you post more photos and dimension please?

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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drbyte

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 05:17 PM

Nice looking MS stand with some great features. Sure would like to see it folded down and door/drawer opened. More pix is always great!

-- Dennis, WV

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 05:19 PM

Nice miter stand I wish my shop was bigger to have one, But its getting crowded but cant complian too much.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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GaryD

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 05:43 PM

Like the idea also, Nice work. I may need to look into something like this , space is at a premium in my shop and this would fit the bill.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Deltarich

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 06:18 PM

That is the very project I have been meaning to do forever but always seems to get pushed down the list. Looks great! The only way it could have been better is if you happened to build this via Sketchup plans that you could link too. ;-)

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Sailor

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 06:30 PM

Looks good, everyone needs one it seems like! Including me! It’s so much fun build “shop stuff” isn’t it? It’s my favorite it seems.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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dfdye

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#7 posted 07-09-2010 09:54 PM

Haha! This is hilarious! I have almost the exact same design in my notebook that I am about to build. Yours looks fantastic, especially how the table brackets fold flat. Thanks for sharing.

-- David from Indiana --

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TLAR_Engineering

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 10:14 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments everybody! I will definitely post more pics and dimensions tomorrow.

A couple notes now though: I made it from standard (read as cheap BC) 3/4” plywood. There are t-nuts with bolts on the tops of the wing supports to fine tune the wing heights. All the hinges are piano hinges. Those were more expensive than I expected.

If I had to do it again (please pay attention those of you who are “about” to build one):
-I would have placed the saw on a removable piece of wood (that would then be bolted to the cabinet with hand-removable knobs). That way you could quickly take the saw to another site. Now I have to grab a socket wrench.
-I would use solid wood for the wing supports. The t-nuts are a little iffy in the endgrain of the plywood.
-I would have used “normal” door hinges for the big front door instead of a piano hinge. I think I just got impatient that day. Oops.

I am in the process of designing a dust collection shroud for the stand. I’ll post some pics if I can ever get it off paper and into wooden form! LOL

-Chris

-- Anything worth engineering...is worth OVER engineering!

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workerinwood

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 04:46 PM

Nice job!! This is #2 on my project list after I build an assembly table.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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sedcokid

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 04:30 AM

Man oh Man, is this a nice MS stand! Please if you would let me know when more pics are available. I would love to make one just like yours!!

Thanks, Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Diggerjacks

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#11 posted 07-11-2010 07:25 PM

Hello Chris

Thanks a lot for the pics

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Robb

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 03:58 PM

Favorited! Definitely need to build one, someday.

-- Robb

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dfdye

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#13 posted 07-13-2010 07:40 AM

Chris,

Thanks for the additional info. I actually did have a few things different in my plans—namely because of the materials I have on hand (go figure!), but it is great to hear that the T-nuts on the end of the brackets works for leveling the wings. I had a much more elaborate mechanism worked out for a “diagonal” bracket that folded in half in the middle, and I didn’t really have much faith in my ability to fine tune it if it ever got out of “flat.” Like I said before, your brackets seem to be a much better design than what I had in mind. Of course, now that I have seen pictures, it seems completely obvious! I guess this is why we all read LJ and share our projects, right? :)

-- David from Indiana --

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