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Making a Wooden Miter Saw Stand

After watching the video and using the drawings included in this article, if you have trouble making a wooden miter saw stand….you probably shouldn’t be using a miter saw. :-)

I’ve been using an old Ryobi miter saw stand for about thirty-five years. Yes it lasted THAT LONG! But Ryobi doesn’t make it anymore—maybe that’s why, it was indestructible. Before I found that stand, I lugged around the most awful things, beasts with two heads and four legs, some I loaded on my lumber racks and left outdoors in the rain. It wasn’t until I found the Ryobi stand that I could effortlessly set up my saw and extension wings quickly, and move my saw just as fast, either up or down a flight of stairs, or back out to my truck at the end of the long hard day.

Gary Katz Chopsaw Stand

I always wanted to make one entirely out of wood, a little like Lamar Horton did in his TiC article back in June 2010. But the Ryobi design impressed me most because the tops press together and that compression adds to the rigidity of the whole stand.

After studying the confusing design for years—especially the legs and strange top supports, I knew the project was going to be a challenge and planned on encountering a few hitches, after all, the thing unfolds like an origami sculpture. With perseverance, along with moral and graphic support from Todd Murdock,  I managed to make three stands, but not one without some do-overs.

TiC Miter Saw Stand Plan

But you don’t have to worry about all those mistakes. I made them for you! Along the way, I learned a lot of lessons about this design. At first, I thought the measurements—the length of the legs, the location of the pivot point—were critical. But they are not. Rather, the five most critical elements are:

  1. The leg sets or pairs must mirror or oppose each other.
  2. The miters on the top supports must oppose the miters on the legs (all miters must oppose adjoining miters)
  3. The long stretcher is attached to the outer legs, and on the same edge as the long point at the bottom of the legs.
  4. The short stretcher is attached to the inner legs, and on the same edge as the long point at the bottom of the legs.
  5. The tops are attached to the top supports on the same edge as the long point of the miters. (If you layout the location of the stretchers and the tops by hooking your tape measure on the long point of the miters, you’ll be good!)

Here’s a video of the whole process.

And here’s a TiC Miter Saw Stand Plan, with dimensions and a material list!

For those of you who may want to build a stand with a custom height or width, or out of alternative material, we’ve also included the Sketchup drawing here for download or you can visit the SketchUp 3D Warehouse here, so you can alter any dimension you wish.

Comments/Discussion

9 Responses to “Making a Wooden Miter Saw Stand”

  1. Jeremy Langston

    Happy to see you back creating content for this website. Looking forward to the extension wing video.

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  2. Cody

    Thank you for this article. I built this design on a Sunday afternoon watching the video. The video and plans are absolutely clear— though trying to wrap my mind around the build steps was not always so clear. I can not imagine designing this origami table!

    This was the most satisfying project I’ve built for myself recently. I use it as a work table. I used scrap fir and 1/2” plywood.

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    • Gary Katz

      Cody,
      GOOD FOR YOU!!! I know, I know, it’s mind-twisting project. But the results are definitely satisfying! Glad you enjoyed the process and the using the table.
      Gary

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  3. nigel

    Why not provide the file in commonly used pdf format. i’ve been trying to find a way to view the file and ended up in a nightmare of dodgy shareware software and companies trying to charge me a fortune. I’ll just try to work it out from your youtube and this article. btw. looks like a great project thanks for that.

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    • Gary Katz

      Nigel,
      WE DID! You must have missed the link, it’s right at the end of the article, in this sentence:
      “And here’s a TiC Miter Saw Stand Plan, with dimensions and a material list!”
      Take another look and you’ll find it. We provided BOTH the PDF and the Sketchup drawing because some folks, like you, might want to build it exactly as we did, so the PDF is available for FREE. But other people may want to change the dimensions, and the Sketchup drawing is provided FREE for that purpose.
      Gary

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  4. Keith

    My Mom and Dad had a version of this table sized as a TV tray table. When I first looked at them I thought they were simple but never built one. This turned out to be deceptively complicated. I built a ummmm…. prototype before this one! Lots of up/down, left/right and inside/outside issues to make you just a little crazy. Thanks for the great plans!

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  5. Keith

    I altered the dimensions to make a smaller table for TV watching. Table is 16″Wx20″L x26″H. Legs are 28-1/2 inches. the pivot point is the same. Measure from the top of the leg 12-7/16″ to locate the pivot point, rather than 24-13/16″ from the bottom.

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  6. KASPER

    Great article, very helpful! I look forward to building my own.

    When do we get the side supports?

    Thanks,

    Kasper

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