Mitersaw Stand

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Project by NedB posted 08-23-2008 06:10 PM 6270 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Up until very recently, I’ve had to do my woodworking outside. When it came time to build my shop, I knew I’d have to have a good stand to hold up my miter saw. Here’s what I came up with. It is based loosely on the Ulltimate Tool Stand’s clamping top originally published in American Woodworker. The materials are simply 3/4 Borg plywood, cut to match the height of my saw when mounted on a plywood base. Incidentally, somewhere on the net the Ultimate tool stand plan is still available in pdf format.

I can also use this as a clamping station, using f-clamps in the slots. There was a fence made for it, but it warped, so it became precision scrap in a hurry.

Nothing fancy on the legs, in fact I’m thinking about removing them altogether and building a small UTS workstation, with that as the top. I would have to rout out a hole in the bottom to allow for router and dust collection, but that would be very simple to do.

incidentally, the sawdust in the main shot is the First sawdust in the shop since it got closed in!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 08-23-2008 07:06 PM

Looks like a great work station. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-23-2008 07:06 PM

very nice…I need one of these!!! I like how you built it…have used it…and now are thinking of new ways to make it better with new legs…I think that is the idea of shop projects—-since we really use them…we will always want to make adjustments etc…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 08-23-2008 07:35 PM

Yeah, that’s perfect… I saw a workbench with the clamping system here, and thought it was a perfect design.

I actually need to build myself a table for my miter saw too… I’m totally going to do something like this.

Very nice, thanks for the post.

-- Ryno

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#4 posted 08-23-2008 08:18 PM

that looks great, can you tell me what a small UTS workstation is?

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#5 posted 08-23-2008 09:09 PM

it looks like this for the original one.

Ultimate Tool Stand

And here is the link for the PDF file:

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#6 posted 08-23-2008 09:33 PM

that looks really handy!!

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#7 posted 08-23-2008 10:04 PM

Thanks all, It’s a little rough &tumble, but when you’re woodworking in the great outdoors it works.

Rob, the small UTS is just that top with a cabinet beneath it… small vs the original, which has room for tool storage beneath it. IIRC the original UTS had a downdraft sanding station, a removable top for glue ups, the clamping section, plus a router table drop in section and the chopsaw. I don’t have enough DC power to do the downdraft at this point, but the router table is a strong possibility. It’s either a router drop in or I’m going to build a new extension wing to go in my tablesaw.

Jean, thank you for posting that link and photo.

Debbie, it has been so far!

Ryno, two handipanels, a couple of dozen drywall screws and you’re in business.

Matt, Took all of an afternoon to build. I actually borrowed my mentor’s shop to make it, but I could have with just my tablesaw and drill/driver.

Overall width is just about 54” IIRC, depth is 24” and height… just about 34”, just a tad shorter than my TS.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#8 posted 08-24-2008 04:55 PM

The new issue of Wood Magazine (#186, Oct 08) offers plans for a wall mounted version of this stand. The unique thing is the sawdust catchall with a shopvac attachment at the bottom.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 08-25-2008 03:09 AM

messy miterbench

for those who like a well used tool, there’s the current heart of my shop… it’s close to the door, and as such serves as a catch all for just about everything… as does the lumber rack above it… though I think I’m going to mount two shelves below the lumber rack, to act as catch alls and free up that 8’ span.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 10:48 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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