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How to Build a Mobile Miter Saw Station

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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 will fit most miter saws, but the measurements could be modified to fit other tools or saws as needed.

***Update, I’ve now added a YouTube video on this build and added a few small tweaks, make sure you check it out below! ***

mobile miter saw stand

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.

Mobile Miter Saw Station DIY

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Here is what you’ll need for the project:

Materials/Supplies

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Mobile Miter Saw StationClick Here For Plans

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How to Build a Mobile Miter Saw Stand: Part 1

  1. Assemble the Base
  2. Make the Side Wings Supports
  3. 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.

mobile miter saw stand top

After that secure the other side to the top shelf using the same method.

mobile miter saw stand top

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.

mobile miter saw stand mid shelf

After that screw the bottom shelf in place flush with the bottom of the sides.

mobile miter saw stand bottom shelf

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.

mobile miter saw stand square check

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.

mobile miter saw stand nail gun

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.

mobile miter saw stand back holes

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.

mobile miter saw stand casters

mobile miter saw stand base

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.

mobile miter saw station sheet goods

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.

drilling holes for inserts

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.

threaded insert

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.

extension support bolts

Cut two 25” pieces from a 72” long 1-½” piano hinge using a hacksaw or a reciprocating saw with a metal blade.

gen5x cutting hinge

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.

piano hinge install

piano hinge

mobile miter saw stand side wing supports

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.

mobile miter saw stand mounting supports

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.

 Side wings, fences, and upgrades

mobile miter saw stand

Mobile Miter Saw StationClick Here For Plans

RIDGID provided me with tools and/or monetary compensation as a sponsor of this build.  All opinions are my own and are not filtered by the sponsor.

76 COMMENTS

  1. Brad, I am really glad I started subscribing to your site. This project is just what I need. Everything in my shop I have built a base with casters so everything is mobile EXCEPT my sliding compound saw. I love this because it is a compactible, one unit design. Thank you.

    • Hey, Rob. Most miter saw stations are going to look pretty similar just because there are only so many ways to do it. I used some of the same design features as others out there, but my design is different in several ways such as the moving and detachable fence, the side wing design, and the pocket hole joinery. I made sure I wasn’t copying other plans when making this.

  2. I have a question, I have a slight problem that I’m hoping you have alternatives for. I do not have a Brad Nailer at this time and cannot afford to add another tool to my shop anytime soon. What can I use in place of the Brad Nailer? Have checked and in my local area they do not rent them. I know owning one would be a tremendous tool to have, just on a low fixed income, the power tools I have have been gifts, or inherited from my Pop.

    • Marianne, you can easily do without the Brad nailer. I just used it to secure things in place before screwing them in place. But you could just use clamps to hold things in place while screwing them down. If that’s all you’re missing then don’t worry about it!

      • Thank you… I have one sheet of plywood in my garage shop, next month I’ll get the second and a few of the other items.. casters and hinges .. I really need a stand for my miter saw, love that this has everything I need in one!

  3. Hi Brad. Looking forward to building this. Unfortunately, I’m unable to find the long 30mm threaded inserts…anywhere. The longest 1/4″-20 threaded inserts I find are 20mm. Any suggetions for finding the 30mm inserts?

  4. Good afternoon Brad. Wondering what the best type of plywood I can find at my local Home Depot would be for this project? Thanks!

    • Allen, I’d suggest using the Purebond plywood. They should have it in 3/4″ maple or birch. It’s the best they have.Brad

  5. Any way you can see to combine this with the flip-top cart? Trying to figure out logistically if it would work.

  6. I built this mobile miter saw station, both parts one and two. I love it. i don’t have it set up with the vacuum yet but i store my Dewalt 10″ table saw in the bottom section. It fits perfect and both saws are readily available. I work in my garage and have to put everything away each day so it makes it very convenient and easily mobile. Thank you so much for the plans.

  7. A BIG word of advice for anybody planning to build this: measure the height of the platform of your miter saw first. These plans are setup for miter saws where the top of the miter saw is shorter than 4″ tall. I’m really close to finishing this project for my Ridgid MS1290LZA and I just realized that the platform for my saw sits like 4-21/32″ high. So I can’t shim my saw up to the level of the side wings because it’s already too tall. I need to either raise the side wings or lower the top shelf on my build. Love the design still, just something to think about before anybody gets too far like I did. Thanks Brad.

    • Thanks, Josh. I’d suggest lowering the top panel would be easiest. I will go back and update some of the verbiage to make sure people understand this very clearly.

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