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Project by SplashMaster posted 01-04-2020 03:27 PM 2264 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having a miter saw for a few years I decided to make a dedicated cart for it, as I was growing weary of having to move it around by hand all the time.

This stand is just a basic ply wood box with hinged support wings on either side. The wing can be adjusted to be level with the saw bed via adjustment screws and it is the same height as my thickness planer stand, so I can use the two stands together for cutting boards over 8’ long. As with most of my shop furniture I used 5” locking caster wheels on this cart. Over the years these larger casters have proven useful to me, by allowing the cart to roll over uneven surfaces and the increased height makes vacuuming under the cart easier.

It took me a couple of years to get around to making the drawers, but after acquiring some drawer slides and handle hardware out of an old office desk that had been trashed and I tore out an old plywood work bench, I decided to get it done. (Can’t beat free hardware and wood!) The drawers measure 26 ½” X 20” X 8 ½” for plenty of storage space. The saw is the Craftsman 10” Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw. I chose this saw mainly for its compact design as the rails are fixed in place and do not slide out beyond the back of the saw and cart when stored, allowing for a narrower profile than a standard Compound Miter Saw. The saw overall is nothing special, as with most miter saws it needs to be checked for square often.

The decision to build vs. buying a stand was hard since the price was virtually the same, but the added storage space and function of the folding wings as extra horizontal space really make up for the extra effort!

Constructed in spring of 2018 Finished January 1, 2020

Thanks for stopping by,

Matthew Stillwell





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#1 posted 01-04-2020 06:14 PM

That’s a great looking design. I could sure use something like that in my small shop.

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#2 posted 01-04-2020 06:45 PM

Matthew,

That’s really a great design! Great use of recycled products, too.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 01-04-2020 09:53 PM

Nicely done.

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#4 posted 01-04-2020 11:56 PM

I really need to do this. Mine won’t be as pretty but the design is perfect for my existing cart.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 01-05-2020 01:49 PM

great looking stand/cart

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-05-2020 01:56 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments!

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#7 posted 01-05-2020 02:23 PM

Congrats! Nice looking and useful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 01-05-2020 03:28 PM

Good job!

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#9 posted 01-05-2020 07:30 PM

That is my strategy for a miter saw as well. Put it on a rolling cart, so when I bring in a load of wood I can do the rough cuts outside of the barn, and then storage for the smaller pieces is an easier pile to make, and maintain.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 01-09-2020 04:57 PM

Great work! I’ve been considering making one myself. I’d like to hear more and see how you make the wings height-adjustable.

One thing you could add pretty easily is t-tracks to the wings for accessories like hold downs and stop blocks. I’ve seen this recently from the Wood Whisper and Making Something guys on YT recently.

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#11 posted 01-10-2020 12:24 PM

Thank You AM420,
When I set the wings in place they were pretty close to level, but to adjust the height I just placed a screw into the end of the support arm that can be raise and lower the wing (simple, quick, and inexpensive). Another idea would be to find out how much the wing needs to be raised by and then glue a block of wood that size to the underside of the wing where the support arm sits. For me t-track sounds cool but cost too much to justify for my shop. For stop blocks I just clamp a board to the wing, since I mainly use the miter saw for rough cutting procedures (it’s not pretty but it works lol). There is a ton of instruction videos on YT that I watched looking for ideas going all the way back to a Norm Abram episode, it’s a really great resource. For me the stand definitely makes using the saw more convention (especial if shop space is limited) and the storage sure is a nice addition. (I added a few more pictures to the post of the wing parts)

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#12 posted 02-03-2020 10:48 AM

Great portable design…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 02-03-2020 08:37 PM

Thank You


Great portable design…

- crowie


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