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Workshop Wednesday - Miter Saw Stand with Extra Storage

Take advantage of every inch of space in your miter saw stand! These simple shelves create so much storage!

Welcome back to another Workshop Wednesday! If you're joining me for the first time, you can see all my posts in the series here. This week, I'm building a new home for one of my most used tools: the miter saw. This miter saw stand can also be used as a workbench, and is easy to customize to fit your space. Plus, I added even more storage for less frequently used tools!

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UPDATE:  I built a new miter saw station that's even better than this one! It will fit four major tools into one space while keeping the work surface clear for assembly or finishing projects. But keep reading to see how I built the old miter saw stand!

new miter saw station

My old miter saw stand just wasn't cutting it anymore. I couldn't mount the saw to it, so it slid around on the plastic surface. It was hard to support longer boards, which came crashing down when I finished a cut. In general, it wasn't the safest set up, and it wasn't very functional either.

I need to build a new miter saw stand to replace this little worktable I'm currently using.

I thought about replacing it with a store-bought miter saw stand. All the bells and whistles like infeed and outfeed supports, pneumatic height adjustment and heavy-duty wheels are tempting. But I knew I could build my own for a fraction of the price, and add some storage to my small workshop too!


I started with the base, which was inspired by this one created by Shanty 2 Chic for Home Depot.

This miter saw bench, with some customized storage, will be perfect in my quest for workshop organization!

Other than shortening the length to 6 feet, I didn't make any changes to the base. You can see the excellent tutorial I used here. But if you want to get even more storage out of your miter saw stand, read on!

This miter saw stand is easy to build, and offers plenty of storage space!

I couldn't wait to load up the bottom shelf! These power tools have been underfoot for a while, and I was excited to finally give them a home. The shop vacuum fits perfectly in between to provide dust collection for the miter saw.

My miter saw stand had lots of wasted space above the tool storage. Time for some new shelves!

But I wasn't happy with all that wasted space above the tile saw and scroll saw. I need all the storage I can get in my small workshop!

So I started digging around in my scrap wood pile to see what I could cobble together. Here's what I came up with.

Cut List for Miter Saw Stand Storage

  • 4 - 2x2 cut to 27 ½"
  • 2 - 1x2 cut to 20 ½"
  • 2 - 1x2 cut to 17 ½"
  • ¾" plywood cut to 17 ½" x 22 ¼" and 17 ½" x 27"

Instructions for Building Miter Saw Stand Storage

Don't forget your safety gear when woodworking! Here are my recommendations for safety glasses and ear protection. No excuses!

Everything was cut to fit around my tile saw and scroll saw. I gave each one about ½" of wiggle room so there's enough space to remove them easily.

I started with the 2x2 pieces left over from my stacked wood headboard and the stuffed animal zoo I built for my son. There was just enough to create the uprights for the middle of the miter saw stand. Love it when that happens! I installed the 2x2's with 3" screws, making sure they were square.

Make sure the uprights of the shelving are square and straight!

Next, I cut down a 1x2 that I messed up when building my first woodworking project, the floating shelves in our family room. You can see where I predrilled all the holes in the wrong places! 🙂 I don't know why I kept this holey 1x2, but it came in handy today!

These pieces create the supports for the plywood shelves, and are installed just above the height of the tools. The 20 ½" long ones attach to the 2x2 uprights, and the 17 ½" ones go on the miter saw stand legs. I used 1 ¾" long screws for these.

These simple shelf supports are attached to the legs of the miter saw stand.

Finally, I cut down a piece of ¾" plywood to fit on top of the supports. I left them loose rather than nail them down, so the shelves will be easier to change if necessary.

The plywood shelves rest loosely on the supports in the miter saw stand to make it easier to change later.

These plastic bins fit perfectly on the shelves! I can't wait to load them up with all the random stuff I find around the workshop.

Extra shelving in my miter saw stand lets me store plastic bins in the previously unused space.

I feel so much better now that my miter saw, tile saw and scroll saw all have homes in one compact spot! Even though this miter saw stand is bigger than my old one, the additional storage frees up a lot of floor space.

This tutorial gives you a simple way to add shelving to your miter saw stand to take advantage of every inch of storage space!

The custom shelves of this miter saw stand take advantage of every inch of space!

Next time on Workshop Wednesday, I'll be building supports on either side of my miter saw for longer pieces of lumber. I'm also adding the Kreg Stop Track to help with all those repetitive cuts. Soon I'll have the perfect miter saw stand!

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Greg Nowak

Monday 27th of March 2017

Hi Vineta. I am first time visitor here on hour beautiful site. I was searching for stand ideas for my own little workshop. I have to say I liked the original stand, but with thise added shelves you pimped it up even better. I am going to give it a try, although I have to admit that I am not yet as skilled as you and hope that I won't be disappointed with my result :) anyway thank you and happy cutting

Anika

Friday 10th of February 2017

Great idea Vineta!! I have a very similar workbench that holds the miter saw... it has a lot of wasted vertical space between the shelves... I should do this soon too... thanks for the idea!!

Janice@sawdustsisters

Friday 10th of February 2017

Vineta this is amazing! Shared on FB too!

Susanne

Friday 10th of February 2017

I am impressed with your skill Veneta!!! Boy I wish my hubby would let me use the power tools, lol

Toni | Small Home Soul

Thursday 9th of February 2017

This is brilliant! I need to get something like this in our garage so we can leave the saws out for easy access. I bet you will be even more productive than you already are. Great job, you continue to inspire me!

Vineta

Friday 10th of February 2017

Aw, thanks Toni! I'm looking forward to building more projects without those extra tools underfoot all the time!

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