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Safety should always be the priority when you’re using a miter saw inside the workshop. After that, you can say that efficiency matters too.
To improve on both, you’re going to need to understand how to build a miter saw table. The good news for you is that’s exactly the topic that we’ll be discussing at length in this article.
After reading the guide below, you should be able to know how to make a homemade portable miter saw table.
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Materials and Tools You Need to Make a Miter Saw Workstation
You will require a few items to create your cheap miter saw stand.
No one will ever regret taking the extra step to be safe when working with power tools. For this project, you won’t need a lot of safety equipment anyway.
- Safety Goggles – You’re going to process quite a bit of wood over the course of this project. It’s best to protect your eyes from any flying shards of wood by wearing some safety goggles.
- Safety Boots – You never know when you might lose your grip on a thick slab of wood. Protecting your feet from any impact that could stem from that would be a wise move.
- Earplugs – Things can get noisy in the workshop, so just be prepared.
- Combination Square – This is one of the most versatile measuring tools. You can use it to measure your angles or the flatness of certain surfaces. If you can acquire one for this project, do so.
- Marking Gauge – It’s good to be accurate with all of your cuts and the marking gauge will help with that.
- Marker – Technically, you’re not using the marker to measure anything but it will help you keep track of what you need to do.
- Table Saw – The table saw will be needed to create the plunge cut in the larger pieces of wood.
- Circular Saw – With your miter saw taking a bit of a break, the circular saw will have to serve as the main producer of crosscuts as well as additional plunge cuts.
- Hand Saw – You can make the smaller cuts and trim the wood using a hand saw.
- According to DIY Network, a 3/4″ sheet of birch plywood should be enough to make your custom miter saw stand.
- Screws – These will keep the wooden joints together
- Screwdriver – You can use the more conventional kind or the power variant for this project.
- Gussets – They serve a similar purpose to the screws in that they will strengthen the wooden joints.
Now, that we’ve laid out all the tools we need to realize our Kreg miter saw station plans and the plans for putting together any kind of miter saw table, it’s time to get to the process itself.
How to Build a Miter Saw Table: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Take the necessary precautionary measures
This is certainly an obvious step, but it never hurts to get a reminder to be safe before using high-powered machinery. You can accomplish that by putting on your safety gear.
Try powering up each of the saws first and check if you will need earplugs or a different kind of noise canceler to deal with them. You should also check to see if your tools are working just to protect against the possibility that one of them may malfunction while you are working.
Step 2: Measure the dimensions of your miter saw
Pick up your measuring tool and begin checking the dimensions of your miter saw. Measure the depth, height, and width of the miter saw.
You can bake some extra inches into your measurements to make it easier to move the miter saw around.
Also, remember to measure the height of the miter saw while it’s resting on a flat surface. Go from the flat surface up to the miter saw’s surface to get an accurate read on the height. Encode that height measurement into the combination square or jot it down on a piece of paper.
You should also measure the width of the swing of the miter saw’s bevel.
Step 3: Plot your cuts on the plywood
You will need a total of eight pieces from the 3/4″ sheet of birch plywood. We’ll mention the width of the required cuts first followed by the length to avoid confusion.
To be more specific, the pieces you will need are two 9” x 8’ for cuts the sides of the miter saw workstation, four 9” x 16” pieces for the panels, and two top cuts.
For the top cuts, you will need to refer to the height measurement you encoded earlier. That number will serve as the length of the top cut. To get the width, you should also refer to the width of the swing of the miter saw’s bevel and then add six inches to that.
Step 4: Configure your table saw
To do this, you will have to refer to the height of the miter saw again. Set the depth of your table saw to that measurement. Measure from the teeth of the table saw’s blade to get the setting right.
Step 5: Cut the side pieces for your sliding miter saw station
With the table saw properly configured, you can begin creating the sides of the miter saw table.
Your goal here is to create a notch and you can do that by executing an upside down plunge cut. Most of the time, circular saws are used for plunge cuts, but table saw can pull those off too.
Since your miter saw is temporarily out of commission, you will have to turn to your circular saw to complete the necessary crosscuts. Check out this video from “John Our Home from Scratch” to see how to make crosscuts with the circular saw.
Clean up the side pieces using your hand saw.
Step 6: Create the additional pieces for the miter saw table
The table sides are the hardest ones to cut out. Once those are out of the way, the panels and top cuts become significantly easier to make.
You can also use the circular saw for this part of the process.
Step 7: Assemble the table
Start by lining up the two side pieces next to one another. Next up, you will have to place the panels in between them. Secure the side pieces and the panels by screwing in the gussets.
With the gussets still attached, begin screwing the side pieces and the panels together.
Step 8: Create the skids
Now that the table is mostly in one piece, pick up your measuring tool again and see how much space exists between the sides of the table. Using that measurement, cut out top and bottom pieces for two skids out of the remaining plywood. The circular saw works great for this.
Step 9: Finish the miter saw table
Screw the two skids into the space between the two sides of the miter saw table.
Next up, take off the gussets that were initially attached when you were assembling the whole thing. In their place, you can finally screw in the top cuts from earlier.
Step 10: Attach the miter saw to the skids
Take you miter saw and rest it atop the two skids. Screw the saw in so that it remains secure.
You are now done with the project and you should have a miter saw station fence and several other new components to use while you are working with wood.
Did you enjoy learning about how to put a miter saw table together? We hope that you were able to follow along easily and that you are now capable of formulating your best miter saw table plans and putting them into motion.
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