Plans for a Mobile Miter Saw Station
Today I’m going to show you how to build a mobile miter saw station. I’ll give you a full walk-through and I also have the miter saw stand plans for you too. This project is going to give your shop workhorse tons of flexibility, plenty of work support, mobility, and a ton of upgrades. This miter saw table is a great addition to any garage or workshop short on space. The plan is made to fit the RIDGID R4122 12” Miter Saw, but the measurements could be modified to fit other miter saws as well.
The Mobile Miter Saw Station is made from 2 sheets of ¾” plywood. It is 39” tall on 3” casters and with side wings extended it’s 93” wide. When stored it’s only 38” wide and 24-½” deep, because the folding wings give it a small footprint.
I made several upgrades to the DIY miter saw stand plan to give it added performance and usability. A basic version built out of common plywood can be made for right around $100. But upgrades such as better plywood, larger casters, dust collection, an automated vacuum switch, and an aftermarket fence and stop system can make this build a workshop masterpiece.
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How to Build a Mobile Miter Saw Stand: Part 1
- Assemble the Base
- Make the Side Wings Supports
- Mount the Side Wings Supports
Assembling the Miter Saw Stand Base
Start by drilling pocket holes on the underside of the left and right edges of the shelves. Secure the top shelf 1-¾” down from the top of one side using 1-¼” pocket hole screws, while using a right angle to hold it square.
After that secure the other side to the top shelf using the same method.
Attach the middle shelf to each side 5-¾” down from the top shelf. Using a bar clamp while you work to hold the sides together is useful here.
After that screw the bottom shelf in place flush with the bottom of the sides.
Check the miter saw cabinet for square by measuring from corner to corner, first from the bottom right to top left and then from the top right to bottom left. The cabinet is square when the measurements are equal.
Cut a back piece to overlap the sides, top shelf and bottom shelf which will also square the case. Tack the back in place at two corners with a 18ga Brad Nailer and then secure with 1-¼” screws around the edges.
If you’ll be adding dust collection to your DIY miter saw stand, then drill holes for the vacuum hose and the power cord in the back. I drilled a 2-½” hole for the vacuum hose and a 1-½” hole for the power cords in the back because it’ll be a cleaner install this way.
Flip the cabinet upside down and mount the casters on the bottom corners. After that use 1-¼” screws into the sides and back and ⅝” screws when attaching only to the bottom shelf.
Making the Miter Saw Station Side Wing Supports
Next you’ll make and attach the side wing supports for the DIY miter saw stand. Make a diagonal cut from the top to the bottom as seen in the picture. I used a 5” spacer (the width of my circular saw base plate to the blade) to position a straight edge for the cut. While out in the driveway I also cut off the bottom to remove the pointed end.
Next I cut two support riser pieces. These will hold 2-½” hex head bolts and wing nuts used to level the side wings when the miter stand is done.
Using a hex wrench, screw in a ¼”-20 x 20mm insert nut into the ⅜” hole. And finally install the hex bolts and wing nuts to finish the assembly.
Next attach the support risers to the side wing supports with glue and 1-¼” screws. The risers should stick up 1” past the side wing supports and be flush with the outside edge of the side wing support when installed.
Center the hinges on the long edge of the side support wings and attach them with ⅝” screws. To make mounting easier, lay the hinge over the edge and hold it tight against the corner while attaching the screws. Make sure you’re attaching it on the opposite side of the support riser.
Mount the Miter Stand Side Wing Supports
Mount the side wing supports to the miter saw stand base 2-¾” down from the top with ⅝” screws. The supports should be flush with the front of the base when fully open at 90 degrees. Use pieces of wood clamped to the supports which help position it flush with the front of the base as seen in the picture. Have a helper hold the wing while you secure it.
On the next post we’ll make the fence, mount the saw and install all the upgrades when we finish the Mobile Miter Saw Station.
Mobile Miter Saw Station Part 2: Side wings, fences, and upgrades
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