Your Miter Saw Needs a Stand
Clever cabinet turns a job-site tool into a full-featured woodworking machine
Synopsis: A good stand can make any miter saw sing a sweeter song. This one has five features that make it stand out from the rest, turning a portable carpentry tool into a safer and more accurate woodworking machine—a smart stop system, automatic dust collection, roll-around mobility, a small footprint, and extension tables.
From Fine Woodworking #209
These days, a miter saw in the workshop is about as common as a router. Woodworkers use the saw for everything from cutting up rough lumber to making perfect-fitting compound-miter cuts for a cabinet crown molding. I designed this stand to take care of just about any demand your miter saw throws at you. A good stand can make any miter saw sing a sweeter song. This one has five features that make it stand out from the rest, turning a portable carpentry tool into a safer and more accurate woodworking machine. One feature we don’t point out at left is how easy this cabinet is to build, with just two sheets of 3⁄4-in.-thick plywood and a box of drywall screws.
Start by making the base
The base supports the saw and holds the vacuum. It also serves as a platform for the tables and fences that are attached later. I made the stand so the saw table would be at a height of 321⁄2 in. That works for most people. But you can adjust the height to suit your needs.
Determine the base dimensions for your saw— The stand shown is designed to accept a Bosch 10-in. sliding compound-miter saw, model 4410l. Depending on the size of your saw, the length and width of your base might be bigger or smaller.
For other saws, there’s an easy way to determine the side-to-side (length) and front-to-back (depth) dimensions of the top…