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DIY Table Saw Stand with Plans

Add an outfeed table and tons of storage to your jobsite table saw with this amazing DIY table saw stand! Get the plans to build your own table saw workbench!

DIY table saw stand with plans

The table saw is the heart of the workshop, and I use mine for almost every project. But I only have a small jobsite table saw, which makes it hard to cut wider sheets of plywood or use some jigs and sleds properly.

crosscut sled too big for jobsite table saw

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As you can see above, this crosscut sled needs a lot more surface area to the left of the blade. Half the base falls off the edge, and the roller stand I was using isn't really ideal.

table saw stand with support to the left of the blade for crosscut sleds

I designed this DIY table saw stand to fully support the crosscut sled, and made the top out of melamine so it can slide smoothly. Grooves in the outfeed table line up with the miter slots on the saw, and the stand is juuuust high enough to clear the top of my Kreg workbench behind it.

table saw sled runners clearing workbench top

This small extension added a TON of storage space! I managed to squeeze five drawers and four shelves into the same footprint as the folding stand I had before. Now all the push sticks, featherboards and other table saw related gadgets are right where I need them!

drawer open with table saw push sticks and blocks inside

I've also improved the table saw dust collection! There's a dust port attached to the side, so I can hook up my wall mount dust collector hose easily. There's also a tray underneath to collect sawdust that falls through the bottom. I just vacuum it out every once in a while, then slide it back into place!

table saw stand with dust port and dust tray

All my sleds and jigs are stored on shelves under the tray, instead of leaning up against the wall where they constantly fell over.

DIY table saw stand with outfeed, drawers and shelves

Ready to build your own? Here's how!

Materials needed for DIY table saw stand

How to make a table saw stand with storage

Download the plans

You can download the DIY table saw stand plans by clicking the button below! The printable plans include a detailed cut list and plywood cut diagram, step by step instructions with 3D models, and a handy checklist to keep you on track.

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Measure your table saw

It's crucial that the top of the saw and the top of the outfeed table are exactly the same height. Otherwise, boards will catch on the higher edge and potentially kick back.

To measure the height accurately, place a board on top of the saw sticking out over the edge. Then measure the distance from the bottom of the board straight down to the floor. Then measure from the top of the stand (where the saw feet rest) to the floor, and subtract it from the overall height to get the exact height of the saw (ewwww, math!)

measuring height of table saw

All the dimensions in the plans are for the SawStop Jobsite table saw (which is an amazing saw, by the way, and it won't chop off your fingers! 🙂 ) You'll need to adjust the size to fit your own saw according to your measurements.

Assemble the table saw base

Usually I would recommend using wood glue in all the joints, but not for this project. You won't know for sure if your measurements are correct until later on in the build, and you won't be able to take it apart to fix it if you use glue! Plus, I'll need to take the entire thing apart if we ever move, since my workshop is in the basement and it won't fit through the door.

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I used a track saw to cut the bigger pieces of plywood for the base, back and center panels, then drilled pocket holes as indicated in the plans to join everything together.

drilling pocket holes in one board of the table saw table

These bigger pieces can get a little unwieldy, especially when you're working alone. Assembly squares and a few clamps act as another set of hands to hold the parts at a perfect 90 degree angle while you screw everything into place!

assembly squares holding table saw stand pieces upright

I used up a lot of scrap plywood for this project, which is why you'll see various types throughout the build. I tried to hide the ugly ones whenever possible, like this spot under the saw. The gap between the two boards will allow sawdust to fall through to the tray below.

DIY table saw stand base

Once the base is assembled, you can place the saw on top and use it for the rest of the build!

table saw stand base complete with saw on top

Install the top

The left side top and the back outfeed top are made from two separate pieces of melamine, to make it easier to cut the grooves. The scrap melamine I had for the left side was slightly too short, so I added a strip of preprimed trim to the end to make up the difference.

DIY table saw stand left side outfeed
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The back outfeed needed a bit more support, so I added end pieces to close up the sides, then drilled a 3" hole for the dust collection hose.

table saw stand with dust collection hose

Mark the position of the miter slots onto the outfeed table piece. I used the runners of my crosscut sled to line them up perfectly, then cut the grooves on the table saw. You could also use a router for this step.

marking placement of grooves for outfeed section of table saw stand

Make sure that the sled can move smoothly all the way through the groove. My workbench was already set to the right height to clear the runners. Then attach the top to the base with pocket holes (from the outside) and countersink screws, so it's easy to remove in case you need to access that space.

crosscut sled slides smoothly into grooves in outfeed section of table saw stand

Add dust tray and shelf underneath the saw

The dust tray is just a plastic food storage container that you would normally find in a commercial kitchen. It's wide enough to span the entire underside of the table saw, but shallow so I can have enough space for two shelves underneath.

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I created a bracket similar to the ones I used on my wall mount storage bins. It's just a 2x4 with a scrap of plywood attached to the bottom. Adjust the width of the plywood lip so that it holds the tray on both sides.

bracket for dust tray under table saw

I didn't want the tray to slide all the way to the back, so I installed a stop that keeps it at the perfect spot for catching all that sawdust.

stop block at end of table saw dust tray bracket

Attach the 2x4 side of the bracket to the sides of the table saw stand base (this also gives the saw a little more support to prevent the plywood from sagging over time). Then slide the tray into the bracket!

dust tray in table saw stand

The shelf underneath is supported by two scraps of plywood nailed to the sides. I left it loose so I can slide the shelf out to clean it or retrieve anything that gets pushed too far back.

shelf under table saw for sleds and jigs

Add shelves and drawers

You can customize the drawers and shelves to fit your needs, so I won't get into the specifics too much. I have a full tutorial on how to build drawers three different ways here if you're interested in learning more.

I used a shelf pin jig to drill holes for adjustable shelves first.

shelf pin jig

I had a leftover scrap of OSB from building my garage shelves that ended up being a perfect fit! These bins are great for keeping similar items together, like my dowel jig and dowels. The width is just right for Festool systainer boxes too!

woodworking tools stored on shelves in table saw stand
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The drawers were made from all the narrow plywood cutoff pieces I keep in my lumber cart. Some are only three inches deep and some are six. Some are made with 1/2" plywood and others are 3/4". It's shop furniture, and no one is going to notice but me! I just slapped drawer boxes together with wood glue and brad nails.

using scrap plywood to make drawer boxes for table saw stand

I kept all the drawer fronts the same height and width, so they overlay the front edge of the table saw stand. The drawer pulls are super low profile, so I don't injure myself when I inevitably bump into them while I'm busy working! They just hook onto the top edge of the drawer front and screw into place from the inside.

installing low profile drawer pulls on plywood drawer front

Enjoy your new table saw table!

My new table saw table has totally changed the functionality of my workshop! I can make safer, more accurate cuts with proper support, and I'm more likely to use my table saw for crosscuts instead of the miter saw.

table saw stand with sled storage and drawers

In a small workshop, every inch of space counts! I'm loving all the drawers and shelves for smaller items.

DIY table saw stand with drawers open

If I ever need to move the table saw stand, I can just slide the casters into these brackets and roll it away!

removable casters for table saw table

I can't wait to get started on my next build with this new set up! This is one of those projects that you'll wish you had made sooner. Download the plans with all the dimensions, a cut list and plywood cut diagram, and step by step instructions by clicking the box below!

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DIY table saw stand with drawers
Yield: 1 table saw stand with storage and outfeed table

DIY Table Saw Stand with Tons of Storage

table saw stand with storage

How to build your own DIY table saw stand with storage and outfeed table.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Download the plans.
  2. Measure your table saw.
  3. Assemble the table saw base.
  4. Install the top.
  5. Add dust tray and shelf underneath the saw.
  6. Add shelves and drawers.
  7. Enjoy your new table saw table!

James Rawlings

Sunday 10th of January 2021

Veneta, I have your table saw plans and I have some questions. First, why are there 2 parts for the saw bottom (Parts D & E)? Next, why is the Top Back (Part M) 8 11/16" wide. Assuming that the Back (Part B) is 3/4", there will be a 1/16" gap along Part M. I suggest for future projects, you include an "exploded" view with parts labels. I use Sketchup to model all projects so that I can catch any project errors before I cut anything. An "exploded" view would be extremely helpful. To save space, I plan on eliminating the drawer cabinet on the left. The Top Left (Part U) will be foldable like on drop leaf table. Lastly, I love your plans!

Vineta

Monday 11th of January 2021

The table saw bottom has two parts to allow space between them for the sawdust to fall into the tray below. One piece is wider than the other to account for the dust collection hose behind the saw. You can certainly make the bottom out of one piece, but you'll end up with sawdust collecting underneath the saw that you'll have to suck up with a shop vac every once in a while.

For Piece M, you want a 1/16" gap between the saw and the top to allow the sliding fence to move freely. On the SawStop Jobsite saw, there are two bars on the front and back of the table that slide out to make wider cuts. I had to trim the top slightly to allow it to move. If you're using a different saw, your fence may work differently. 

I love your drop leaf table idea for the left side! I'll also consider making an exploded view for more complicated builds like this one in the future. I use SketchUp to make my plans, so I should be able to do that pretty easily.

Barbara

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I like the design. Am considering the build for my Dewalt jobsite saw, currently on scissor stand. However, I'm curious how easy it is to access the back of the saw. Once in awhile I have to make adjustments from the back of the saw to realign my blade to the miter slot. Also, I'm curious where the electrical cord comes out?

Vineta

Friday 1st of January 2021

The outfeed area behind the saw blade is attached with countersunk screws, so I can remove them and access the area behind the saw if necessary. There's 6-8 inches behind the saw, so it's not too difficult to reach in and make adjustments. The cord comes out through the same hole as the dust collection hose.

Greg

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Best table saw cart I have seen. done lots of research

Bucky

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Great write up! Just curious what kind of table saw do you have. Still not sure if I’m ready to add a table saw but a job site one seems like it may be a good route to go. Thanks!

Vineta

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

I have the SawStop Jobsite table saw. It's a great saw, and the safest one out there!

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