Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie®, however the creative ingenuity and opinions expressed are completely my own.
Can you believe that I’ve had my miter saw for over two years and I’ve never had a proper stand for it? I don’t even have a real workbench. I’ve improvised using card tables, saw horses and even my kitchen counter. With all the building projects I have lined up this year, I needed to take care of some basic necessities.
I’ve partnered up with Simpson Strong-Tie® to build something awesome using their
When the kit says “Just add lumber” it means just that. It has the connectors and fasteners needed to make any bench/stand/shelf with four corners. It was so easy that I was able to construct this mobile miter saw stand in just a few hours.
To suit my needs, I modified the plans so that it would accommodate my 23″ wide miter saw. I headed to Home Depot and bought (7) 2×4’s and a full sheet of 3/4″ Birch Plywood. I had to sift through a lot of boards to find good 2×4’s that weren’t warped, twisted or cupped. In order to fit the plywood into my car I had Home Depot rip the full sheet in half. That way I could make my exact cuts at home and not have to wrestle with a full sheet of plywood.
I trimmed the ends of each board to ensure that my joints would fit together nice and snug.
I started with the 29-1/4″ corner posts and I measured and marked 1-1/2″ from the TOP of the board. The easiest way to do this accurately is with a combination square.
On the opposite end of the boards, I also measured and marked “6” from the BOTTOM of the boards.
These markings tell me exactly where to place the connectors.
I clamped the connectors in place and inserted the screws into the outside of the post.
With all eight of the connectors in place, it was time to add the 17″ side rails.
In the photo below, you can see that I placed pocket holes in the bottom rails so that I could later screw the plywood top on from the underside. This is a matter of personal preference and is not necessary to build this mobile miter saw stand.
Once I attached all four of the 17″ rails, It was time to add the 57″ rails for the bottom shelf.
I sat them in place but did not yet add the screws. I took a measurement of the bottom shelf so that I could cut the plywood to the exact length and width.
I used a scrap 2×4 to trace out my notches for the corner posts.
I notched out the corners using my jigsaw.
I dropped the plywood shelf in place and then clamped and screwed the rails to the connectors.
Had I attached the screws, it would have been very difficult to place the shelf.
Once the shelf was in place, I added the screws to the inside corners. The brackets held so tight that it wasn’t necessary to screw the bottom shelf in.
But because I’m a overbuilder I did it anyway.
To build the recessed area for the miter saw to sit, I screwed and glued together one of the 21″ boards between two 16-1/2″ boards on their ends.
Then I clamped and screwed them into the connectors.
I trimmed the two remaining 57″ boards to 49″.
I flipped the mobile miter saw stand over and screwed the 49″ boards to the bottom of the top shelf.
I countersunk 2-1/2″ screws into each side .
To support the sides of the miter saw, I trimmed the two remaining 21″ boards to fit perpendicularly between the two 49″ boards with 1-1/2″ overhang.
During the planning stage, I measured the height of my miter saw and found it to be 4-1/4″ tall. The miter saw will sit on top of a 3/4″ piece of plywood. This would cause the top of the saw table to sit 3/4″ higher than the sides of the saw stand. To remedy this, I trimmed the top of the 2×4’s with 3/4″ plywood that I glued and nailed down.
I trimmed the center piece of plywood to 24″ w x 24″ w and secured it with 2″ screws from the bottom.
I trimmed two more pieces of 3/4 plywood to 18″ w x 24″ l .
I temporarily placed the plywood on top of the mobile miter saw stand and checked for level.
I secured the plywood with glue and nails. To prevent splinters, I gave all the edges a quick sanding with 150 sandpaper and sealed the plywood with a few coats of polyurethane.
And just so you know, here are my finished dimensions prior to adding the casters.
I’m a sucker for color, I spray painted some utility handles and empty tin cans red and attached them to the stand. If I knew how to make galvanized steel paintable, I would have sprayed the connectors red too.
I added 4″ locking casters to my miter saw stand to make it mobile.
Screws and nails do not hold well in the end grain of wood. So I added two pieces of laminated plywood to the bottom of the stand and screwed the casters into that.
Between the casters and the piece of laminated plywood, the height of the mobile miter saw stand is 36-1/4″ . The perfect working height for my 5′ 10″ frame.
The tin cans place pencils, measuring devices and safety goggles within quick reach.
To avoid potential tip-over, the saw can be bolted to the stand.
The handles make maneuvering the stand a piece of cake.
This kit is so versatile that the possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to tackle my garage and build a workbench and the small shed I mentioned here.
So what do you think? Do you like? Do you want /need to build one of your own? If so then you’re in luck.
The friendly folks over at Simpson Strong -Tie® provided me with an extra Workbench Hardware Kit and a $50 Home Depot gift card to give away so that you too can build something awesome.
Update: The Winner of the Simpson Strong-Tie Hardware Kit and $50 Home Depot Gift Card is
Entry #47 Liz W.
I love this! Much more functional than our current setup for our miter saw. Wish I had known about these kits earlier. I would totally build the exact same thing, red handles and all.
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