The one tool in my shop that I use by far more than anything else is my miter saw. For the last four years I have had my miter saw set up on a contractor type stand. It’s a really nice stand but it’s more suited for a job site scenario than it is for a woodworking shop. A few years ago I picked up a copy of Fine Woodworking Issue Number 209. In that issue they had a really cool modular type miter saw stand. I’ve been wanting to build this thing for a while but just never found the time. Finally, with the arrival of my CNC machine imminent, I realized I had to make the time to build it so I could free up some space.
I like having the ability to fold the table up and shuttle the cart around to wherever I need it. I incorporated the Kreg fence/stop system on my table. I am a big Kreg fan and really like almost all of their products. I am really excited to have the Kreg stops. I use stops all of the time in my projects, but until now, a stop to me has been a block of wood and a clamp. The Kreg stops will allow me to have much more precision and confidence in the knowing I am cutting identical and repeatable parts.
The entire project can be built with two sheets of 4X8 3/4″ plywood. I used a cabinet grade maple plywood for mine so it would look a little more polished and nice. The plans called for assembly with drywall and wood screws. I prefer using pocket screws because I think they make a better and stronger assembly, so I broke out the Kreg Jig and went to town.
In my research leading up to the project I found a couple of guys who are smarter than me who had taken the time to write the project up and post it on their own blogs. I am not going to re-invent the wheel here because they have documented the project in words and pictures much better than I could. Rather, I am going to send you to their website for that (links below). The one guy, Jeff Branch, made a Sketchup drawing of the project. He did a bang up job! You could build this project from his Sketchup drawing and using my video (below) as a companion. You won’t even need the Fine Woodworking plans! I’ll put the Sketchup download link below also.
This was a fun project and I am very pleased with how it turned out. It’s not the kind of project you can build in a day. It’s definitely an entire weekend project. I’ve put Amazon product links below to the various components I used so take a look at those. If you take a notion to build this then look at my video series too. And be sure to lemme know how yours turns out. I’d love to see a picture of your finished project. Good luck!
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND SKETCHUP MODEL: