My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #9: Assemblying the Miter Saw Stand

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 07-06-2013 04:43 AM 20418 reads 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: New Miter Saw Station - Construction Details Part 9 of My Garage/Work Shop Makeover series Part 10: Kreg Precision Measuring System Installation »

As promised, here are some pics of the construction of the miter saw stand. If you remember from the first entry, I am using the plans from Ron Paulk to go by. However, I have made some changes to fit my situation. So this stand is kind of a cross between his workbench and his miter saw stand.

Onward and upward…

In my last entry, I made a couple of templates out of mdf to use when cutting and routing the parts for the stand. I forgot to include pics of them, so here are the pics of the templates after they had been fabricated.

To make them, I laid out the dimensions and cut a 5 inch hole on each end with a hole saw. Then I used a straight edge to mark in between the circles. I cut just inside the line with a jig saw, then attached the guides with double stick tape and ran the router along the edges with a flush trim bit attached. They actually turned out pretty good.

With all of my parts cut, I started the assembly by building each side of the stand. I turned the top upside down and attached the front, back and side pieces with pocket screws. I used some glue but pretty much abandoned it after slicing my finger wide open when I was in a hurry (glue setting up) to drive the screws and literally drove the screw past my index finger on my left hand. Dang that hurt…and I bled like a stuck hog. First Aid to the rescue. Thank goodness for a caring wife.

I managed to get both pieces of the top together without further incident.

I sat them aside and concentrated on the base of the stand. It is a single piece of 3/4 plywood 80 inches long by 22 1/4 wide. I positioned it on top of the two lower cabinets and bolted it to them with 8ea 5/16 inch bolts.

Next, I glued and screwed the two frame stiffners to the bottom. I scrounged up some 2×4’s to make some simple caulls.

I gave the glue about an hour and a half to dry then turned the bottom over and drove the rest of the screws.

With the bottom complete, I turned it over on top of the two top pieces and screwed through the bottom into the frame members of the two tops. I used a lot of drywall screws for this operation.

These pics show the stand completely assembled and bolted together.
Yep… it’s dead level. Guess I lucked out this time.

My next entry will cover the construction of the fences and the installation of the Kreg Precision Trak System.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 07-06-2013 10:15 AM

Love it!

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 10:49 AM

nice build you have used alot of ply wood on this one.

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#3 posted 07-06-2013 11:04 AM

This is a nice crosscut table and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-06-2013 11:40 AM

very nice,can’t wait till the next one.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 01:24 PM

Looking beter and beter
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 12:40 PM

I just discovered your blog, and am enjoying it.

Being a Texan who currently lives in Florida because of an aging set of in-laws, I always enjoying hearing TEXAS come through when I am reading something.
Some of your expressions sound just like me, and I often draw a laugh when I blurt them out.

” Dang that hurt…and I bled like a stuck hog.”
I have had to explain that more often than I could count!

Nice work! I am sure that you are enjoying your shop.
Thanks for taking the time to document the process.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#7 posted 06-25-2017 02:23 PM

Nice build, What grade of plywood did you use?

-- Fantail, Kentwood La.

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#8 posted 06-25-2017 05:50 PM

Nice build, What grade of plywood did you use?

- Robert Cheramie

3/4 inch Birch from the big orange box store.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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