Simple Miter Saw Stand
No matter what type of miter saw you own, a stand that holds the tool at a comfortable working height and supports long pieces of lumber is a must. It doesn't have to be fancy. The photo below shows one version that's so quick and easy to assemble that I'd often build one right on the job site. The wooden bed extension on this stand makes it easy to attach stop blocks (Photo 4). If you've got extra time, embellish this plan by adding a plywood bottom to form a tray and replacing the 1x8 with a wider strip of 3/4-in. plywood. Set the stand across a pair of sawhorses to save wear and tear on your knees.
Use 8-ft. 2x4s for the base. Cut a piece of plywood about 16 in. wide and the length of the miter saw and screw it to the 2x4s. Rip 2x4 blocks so they'll support the 1x8 top flush with the bed of the saw. Screw the blocks to the long 2x4s. Then screw the 1x8 bed extensions to the blocks.