Miter Saw Cart

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 11:02
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Beginner
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Make a miter saw cart from a single sheet of plywood! Has folding wings to stow away in tight spaces.

miter saw cart
miter saw cart
miter saw cart
miter saw cart
miter saw cart
miter saw cart

Hi everyone! Great news - we were able to set all the trusses last night! Thank you for all the well wishes, everything went well! I will share all the details with you in a Momplex post tomorrow.

 

Today I am pretty excited to share this new project plan with you!

 

Remember when Gina built this cedar shed to store her tools and work from?

 

Well, this gives her about 18 square feet to store all of her tools and work from.  We thought the best way to use this space for storing a mitersaw would be with a cart with extending leaves. 

 

So together we came up with this plan, and this is what Gina made.

 

We took extra measures to get it all in a single sheet of plywood to save us all money building.

Here's from Gina:

This was a super super quick build. I had the base built in under an hour, and got all the hardware attached the next day while dinner was cooking. I definitely included the use of pocket hole screws in the shelves for added stability, and really recommend that they're used consistently. The caster wheels I used are from Harbor Freight (I got 3 without breaks, and one with a break that is at the front right corner of the table) found here and here. They work fine. They're not bad, but you might have to swivel the cart for a sec to get it to go in the direction you want. No big deal. The support hinges (mentioned in the shopping list) are amazing.

Thank you Gina!  Gina has also kindly put together a longer post with more details right here, so make sure you check it out for lots more tips and photos.

 

 

NOTE: The hinges used in this plan have not been tested for weight limits and are designed to be used to support boards being cut.  Use and build at your own risk.

Dimensions
miter saw cart
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 1 – sheet 3/4" plywood cut in half lengthwise into 24” x 96” strips.
  • 1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1x3 @ 12 feet long – or (2) 8 footers
  • 4 – plate mount caster wheels with locking brakes
  • 2 – shelf hinge supports http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2001690/3177/12-shelf-width.aspx NOTE: For use as an assembly table we recommend a locking support as well
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood @ 24” x 36” (sides)
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood @ 24” x 30” (shelves)
  • 2 – 3/4" plywood @ 24” x 29 3/4" (leaves)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 24” (cleats)
  • 4 – 1x3 @ 31 1/2" (supports)
Cutting Instructions

Cut plywood into two strips 24" wide x 8 feet long. From these strips, cut one each 36", 30" and then the remainder for leaves to get all cuts from a single sheet of plywood.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

It is very important to place the cleat the distance down from the top of plywood edge equal to your saw deck height. Measure carefully.

Step 2

I'd also recommend attaching the shelves with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue, or brackets just to provide a little extra support.

NOTE: You can add extra shelves as well.

Step 3

These will reinforce the joint. Another idea is to add more lower down, like a crate, and you could use the bottom shelf for scrap wood storage. Note that the bottom trim is mounted flush to bottom.

Step 4

Mount your caster wheels to the bottom.

Step 5

Step 6

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

vireoes

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:47

I built this cart attaching the wings using the brackets suggested. The brackets don't seem strong enough and the screws have ripped out of the plywood dropping the wings to the ground several times. Anyone else have a simple plan they could outline to secure the wings a different way.

M Harlicker

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:49

I would love to see a workbench modified to include a "dropped shelf" to hold my miter saw that I could close or cover while not using it. I've seen an awesome workbench, but just can't remember where--been searching so many blogs I can't keep them straight! I'll have to think on it more and see if I can come up with a plan...

froman1960

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:57

I saw one with a top cover too and one attaching the shop vac to it from the back.  But when I finally buy a house I'm going to make one of those flip tops so I can rotate it and have a flat surface to work on.  It will also have the table saw attached and maybe my router.  Big dreamer that I am.

EmH-C

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:00

This is going to be my first proper project (not just adapting stuff I bought). It's going to enable me to make all the other stuff I want to make comfortably and safely. I've adjusted some measurements to customise it to fit my small miter saw and fit into my new little workshop. I've had to adjust to metric lumber and what's available in B&Q (I'm a Brit). I'm starting tomorrow. Will let you know how I get on.

Thanks ever so much for the plans and inspiration. 

EmH-C

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 06:30

I finally got my miter saw table done. It took a bit longer than I would've liked and it's far from perfect, but to me it is a thing of beauty.

Well, maybe not beauty exactly, but I'm so pleased with it!

I want to say a huge thank you Ana. This is going to enable me to make stuff comfortably and safely. It's a big deal because I have MS and being enabled to do new things, rather than being disabled by the symptoms of my MS feels terrific. It's part of me fighting back.

Thank you Ana, for the plans and the inspiration.

Em 

froman1960

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:41

Is that hard or soft plywood?

The new measurements are 23/32.  Some are 3/4" but that 23/32 messed me up for a bit.