Shop Projects: Table Saw Stand and Miter Saw Station

 

Table Saw Mobile Base

This past week I decided that the Craftsman table saw that was donated to MakerFX needed a new stand so the saw would be at the same height as the big work bench. We received the saw mounted onto some form of network rack with wheels, the saw was about 12″ taller than the work bench, which is not an ideal height for using it or a safe working height.

 

It’s a simple base, joined together with pocket holes and deck screws. I think I may want to rotate the lower pieces to the base so they are not laying flat, but I was able to put 200 lbs on it without an issue. The other thing I do not care for are the casters I used. It is difficult to lock them in place, so hopefully I can find a set of casters with better locks.

 

 

But the table saw top is where it should be, 1/16″ above the work bench. I will need to add miter slots to the work bench so using jigs  or not. If using a miter sled you do not need to be up against the work bench. This is one of those things that will get modified as its used.

 

Miter Saw Work Station Part 1

I’ve been using the miter saw without any form of work station since we received it and it works, but its  annoying to have to balance long pieces of lumber on the tiny miter saw base and the better way of doing it is to have a set of wings on either saw level with the metal table of the saw. I spent some time searching through Pinterest ( yes I use the pinterest and its very useful for organizing shop and project ideas you find online) but could not find a design I liked. I then found the following set of videos on youtube that was essentially two work benches with a shelf in the middle.Watch the youtube video here: Happy Wife Happy Life: Miter Saw Station.  With a quick trip to Lowes for plywood and lumber I began working on one side of the station

I usually sketch out my builds so I can create my cut list and get enough lumber to build the thing I am building, the plans from the youtube video were great, but all in metric. If only we we’re one of, what, two countries in the world still using the Imperial system I wouldn’t have an issue. So I converted the plans to freedom units and modified the sizes to better fit a 96″ 2×4.

 

After I got my cut list sorted out I began cutting out what I needed for the first bench.

 

laying out the cut lumber to check dimensions and final checks before assembly. I like to do this because it does make assembling go faster. Check out the sweet Paulk style work bench, read about its build here,Paulk Style Workbench Build

 

 

Kreg Jig for the win! Pocket hole joinery works out great for shop projects. Simple and effective.

 

This pocket hole clamp worked out great when assembling the top and bases since it would clamp the two pieces of wood together and after checking square I would add a screw and remove the clamp. I also clamped the edge pieces down to the work bench to help keep everything from twisting as it was assembled.

 

clamps are your friend.

 

after assembling the top , the bottom went together quickly as well. I would estimate to this point I was only an hour into cutting and assembling. The next step was ripping the plywood to the width needed for the top and bottom and screwing to the bench.

 

 

With a little help from another MakerFX member I drilled and counter sunk the holes and Ian used 1 1/4″ drywall screws to mound the top to the base.

 

Base 1 completed, its 8′ long, 34.5″ tall and 26″ deep. The second base will be identical to the first, the idea being is the base to the left of the saw will have a fence for using the miter saw and the other saw will have tools that can slide out of the way when doing long cuts on the saw.

 

Pending any weather events this week I plan on finishing up the other side of the bench and mounting the saw shelf. Part three will be building the fence and stop block system for the station which will be also covered here. Lastly, Part four will cover the build of the dust hood for the saw.

 

Stay tuned for more!