For years I used a store-bought miter saw stand in my
workshop. It was light and easy to fold up—great for hauling around in the back
of my pickup truck. These days, though, my saw doesn't leave my workshop more
than once or twice a year. And as much as I liked that stand, it took up a lot of
floor space in my shop—and who's got extra floor space? I decided to build a
saw stand that wouldn't hog so much room. My new stand sits 38 in. high and 90 in.
wide with the wings up. It's only 30 in. wide with the wings down, which is
almost 3 ft. shorter than my other stand!
If you install casters on your miter saw stand, you can just roll it out of the way to sweep up (photo 1). With the wings down, this miter saw stand takes up less than 3 ft. of floor space (photo 2).
I built the plywood carcass of the stand first. The sides
are at the same level as the cutting surface of my saw. I attached 1/4-in.
plywood on the back. When the carcass was assembled, I flipped the whole thing
upside down and fastened the hinges that hold the wings on. Next, I installed
the braces that hold the wings up. The braces are attached to the carcass with
hinges, and plywood blocks screwed to the bottom of the wings hold them in
place. Don't glue the blocks down in case you need to fine-tune them. I built a
simple drawer and installed it with drawer slides. Finally, I attached four
casters, so I can roll it out of the way when I'm sweeping up (which, admittedly, isn't very
To build this project, I bought a sheet of 3/4-in. BC
plywood, a half sheet of 1/4-in. plywood, four casters and couple of drawer
slides. The whole thing, not including the finish (which I had), cost me $75,
and took a whole Saturday to build. If I had to build another one, I might
consider using a new or used lower cabinet, and attaching the wings and casters
— Mark Petersen, Contributing Editor
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