This step by step diy woodworking project is about miter saw table plans. The project features instructions for building a basic worktable for your miter saw. Make sure you take a look over the rest of the related projects to see alternatives and more projects for your workshop, as well as for your backyard. Remember that you might need to adjust the size of the table according to you miter saw. Don’t make the cuts before checking if it fits into place properly.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Miter Saw Table Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 34″ long LEGS
- B – 4 piece of 1×4 lumber – 30 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 16 1/2″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 80″ long, 5 pieces – 12″ long FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 16 1/2″x32″ long TABLETOP
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 6″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 3″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 3″ long 2xEXTENTION
- F – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 24″ long 2xEXTENSION
Building a miter saw stand
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the miter saw table. Cut the components from 1×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the side components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention for a professional result.
Next, attach the 1×4 legs to the frame. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws, otherwise they won’t be plumb.
Attach the 1×4 supports to the top of the legs, as shown in the plans. Use a spirit level to make sure the supports are horizontal and a carpentry square to check if the corners are square.
Building the frame for the tabletop is a straight-forward process. Therefore, cut all the components from 1×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the 12″ long slat. Check if the corners are square before inserting the screws. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Attach the frame to the top of the table, as shown in the plans. Use a spirit level to check if the frame of the table is horizontal, before inserting the screws into the legs. In addition, check if all the corners are square. Align everything with attention, otherwise the other components won’t fit into place.
Build the tabletop from 3/4″ plywood. Fit the panel to the frame and secure it into place with 1 1/4″ screws.
Continue the project by assembling the other components for the extensions. Build the vertical supports from 1×4 slats, making sure you adjust their width to 3″. Drill pocket holes along the top edge and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the horizontal 1×6 slat. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Next, attach a 1×4 slat to the back of the extension. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock it into place, after drilling pilot holes.
Enhance the rigidity of the extensions by attaching the braces. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails and glue to lock the braces into place.
Next, you need to attach 1×2 supports to the frame of the tabletop. These supports will guide the vertical arms of the extensions and lock them into place vertically. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame.
Slide the extensions between the supports, as shown in the diagram.
Adjust the height of the extensions according to the deck of the miter saw you have. It is essential to create a horizontal surface for accurate cuts. Drill pilot holes through the vertical support and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame to lock the extensions into place tightly.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design of the miter saw table to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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