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Portable Miter Saw Stand

Portable Miter Saw Stand

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The compound miter saw, occasionally referred to as a chop saw, is the tool of choice when woodworking projects call for compound angles and precise cross-cuts. When working with a compound miter saw in a wood shop, there is typically a long table to the left and right of the miter saw to keep the stock in line with and level with the table of the miter saw.

However, when away from the wood shop, the best way to accommodate a compound miter saw is with a portable miter saw stand. There are numerous versions of compound miter saw stands commercially available. Even so, in my honest opinion, each model that I've encountered has some drawbacks. Sometimes, they are too difficult to set up or don't have proper supports for long pieces of stock. Many models are quite expensive, as well.

After researching the numerous choices of miter stands available, I decided to build one of my own. I used pressure treated stock for nearly the entire piece (except the table holding the saw) for longevity. In my case, nearly all of the stock for the stand was left over from previous projects.

When all was said and done, I had a very strong twelve-foot long stand that could be easily disassembled into six easily-transportable pieces, and set back up in seconds. Want to build one of your own? Download the free Miter Saw Stand Plans to build a Portable Miter Saw Stand (PDF).
Difficulty Level
  • Woodworking: Moderate to Difficult
  • Finishing: None Required

  • Time to Complete

  • 4-5 Hours

  • Recommended Tools

  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Power Drill

  • Materials Needed
  • 1 - 2x6 x 12' Treated lumber
  • 2 - 2x6 x 8' Treated lumber
  • 5 - 2x4 x 8' Treated lumber
  • 1 - 2' x 3' Piece of 3/4" Melamine-covered Particle Board
  • 4 - 3" long, 1/2" diameter Bolts each with 2 washers, a lock washer and nut
  • 2-1/2" deck screws
  • 1-5/8" deck screws
  • Tape Measure
  • Combination Square
  • Chisel
  • Hand Saw
  • Pencil
  • Compass
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