I wanted to build a miter saw station, but I wanted it to be really easy, not very time consuming, and not too expensive. Here’s what I came up with!
Step 1: Cutting and Assembling the Legs
Using the miter saw, I cut 16 pieces of 2x4 to 33 inches. This will result in an overall bench height of approximately 33 3/4 inches, so adjust the leg height up or down according to your preferences.
After cutting, I used 2-1/2 inch construction screws to attach the short end of one leg piece to the face of another. This will result in 8 90-degree leg pieces.
Step 2: Cutting and Assembly the Side Braces
I cut 8 pieces of 2x4 to 24 inches. I was careful to make the sides just under 24 inches so that half of a 4x8 sheet of plywood would be enough to cover both benches. If the benches are deeper than 24 inches, more than one sheet of plywood will be needed to complete the project.
I made sure everything was flush and square, then attached 2 side pieces to each pair of legs, making 4 leg assemblies as shown in the picture. The lower side pieces are about 8 inches from the bottom of the legs.
Step 3: Attaching Leveling Feet
Depending on how flat the floor is in your workshop, you may want to add leveling feet to the workbench since a level surface is so important to making cuts with the miter saw. My garage is very far from flat, so I installed these leveling feet that I bought on Amazon. The needed hardware was included.
Step 4: Cutting and Assembling the Front and Back Braces
The length of the back and front braces will depend on your specific space and layout. I cut mine to 6 feet. After cutting them to length, I attached them to the leg assemblies with construction screws.
I also used a spacer to add front and back bracing pieces 8 inches off the ground.
At this point I had a pair or workbenches without tops on them.
Step 5: Cutting and Attaching the Plywood Tops
I used a track saw to cut a 3/4 inch thick sheet of plywood to 2 foot wide, 6 foot long tops for the benches. I also cut a piece that was 23 inches wide for the miter saw to rest on.
You could simply screw the tops into the frames of the benches from the top, but to avoid the screw heads being exposed, I drill pocket holes into the frame to attach the tops.
Step 6: Attaching the Miter Saw Section
I installed a front and back piece to attach the two workbenches. I made sure that I installed these pieces at the height of my miter saw plus 3/4 of an inch— in other words, once I add the plywood on top of these braces, my miter saw will be exactly flush with the tops of the workbenches. This height will vary depending on the make/model of your miter saw.
Step 7: Positioning and Securing the Miter Saw
Lastly, I set the miter saw in place and used the track from my track saw to ensure that the miter saw was 90 degrees perpendicular to the workbenches. I did this by placing the track up against the miter saw fence and measuring from the front of the workbenches to the track saw and adjusting until the measurements were equal. Then I used construction screws to attach the miter saw to the plywood underneath it.
Step 8: Done!
That’s it! Easy, right? Check out the video for clarification, it’s a really simple process. I hope this was helpful— check out my YouTube channel for other projects.