Make a Homemade Portable Miter Saw Table

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Everyone has his opinion of how a portable miter saw table should look like. Here is my version of portable miter saw table with the features that I find helpful. You can set it permanently in your workshop or take it out to a job site. Although you can purchase saw stands, they are a bit expensive and honestly, most of them are not versatile as the following homemade version.

The following miter saw table does not only support long board but also features a divider fence fitted stops that allow you to make cuts that are identical. The table also holds the miter saw in place so that it does not move bulge or move back or forward. Additionally we are also going to add cubbyholes that enable you to store the tools and little parts you need when working on a project.

We know how hard it can be to work with a miter saw when outside your workshop. With this model you can simply toss it on a pickup truck whenever you want to work with the compound saw in the outdoor. 

What you need

Here are the things you need to get you started

  • Circular saw [See the top listed cirular saw by sawreviewed ]
  • Cordless drill
  • Clamps
  • Framing square
  • Drill bit set
  • Miter saw [See the top listed Miter saw by sawreviewed ]
  • So​​​​cket/ratchet set
  • Safety glasses
  • Table saw [See the top listed Table saw by sawreviewed ]
  • Tape Measur
  • Hanger Bolts
  • Wing Nuts and Acorn Nuts

Materials to purchase

Before starting to build anything, you should begin by measuring the width of the mounting holes of your miter saw. The next thing is to purchase hanger bolts that match wing nuts that have the similar size to the holes. This will enable a secure fit. To get the right length of the bolt, measure the saw table height and add 2.5 inches.

Step 1: Cutting the parts

The first step is to determine the height of the divider. To do this, take the measurement from plywood scrap to the saw bed surface

Rip the plywood to get a 15.625 wide strip for the bottom and 16 inch for top part. Next is to cut 1x6s into 15.625( 6 pieces) long chunks. To do this you can make use of a table saw. However, if the table saw doesn't have the capability of ripping a piece that wide you can use a circular saw. Similar to using a Jigsaw you can make a straight line with a circular saw provided that you mark the lead lines and stabilize the piece.

These will be the dividers. Remember to put a 0.375-inch piece of plywood under the 1x6 piece as you mark. This will allow for the top thickness. After ripping one divider stand it adjacent to the saw and check its height using straightedge that rests on the saw table. 

Step 2: Assembling the table

Assembling the table is simple. You should begin by attaching the dividers and then screwing the runners to the table. The next step is to screw the back and top of the plywood. 

Lay the divider position. You will do this by starting from the right side of the saw where you will leave a space of 22 inches in length from the edge. The next step is to size the bay of the miter saw. You can do this by measuring the miter saw. To ensure that you have panned a bay that is broad enough to ensure that all the moving part of the saw do so freely, pivot the saw left and right.

After this, beginning from the left side make sure that the other dividers are spaced evenly. Ensure that the dividers are attached to the base by screwing them in place now you can flip the assembly over and attaché the bottom to the 2 by 4 runners. Take note of the tables final height without the top and then cut the plywood pieces that fit the length. Attach them on the top and back of the divider.

Step 3: Mounting the saw

Start by clamping the saw in place. Next, Drill small holes, this will mark where you will place the hanger bolts.

To do this, you need to clamp the saw at the bay. Make 0,125-inch drill holes to indicate where to place the hanger bolt. Take away the saw from the base, make lead holes and put the bolts in place. To drive in the bolts make use of arcon nuts at the machine thread top. Place the saw on the bolt and secure it with the wingnuts.

Step 4: Create and mount the fence

Now place the extension in the alignment of the fence of the miter saw with use of a straightedge. Attach the fence that acts as the extension on top of the dividers.

To do this simply cut 1x4s that has the identical length similar to the top left side. Then cut 4 triangle braces from the waste. While spacing the braces evenly, attach the 1x4s jointly and screw them to the braces. Use a straightedge that is aligned with the fence of the saw to make the alignment. After this attach the divider to the divider using screws. 
Although the fence will give you a useful railing for stop blocks especially when cutting pieces of equal length sometime you will find it better to have it removed since the boars are straight rarely. Additionally, when cutting longboard that leans towards you it prevents the board from fitting against the saw fence. This means that it will prevent you from making a perfect square cut. To avoid this do not use it for daily tasks and use it only when needed. 

Similar to a Sawzall table that enables you to use your reciprocating saw with ease, this miter saw table will make it easier to use the miter saw. Additionally, this homemade portable miter saw table will give you the convenience needed during outdoor activities. You can also use it in your workshop. 

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