Turn an Old Chair Into a Portable Miter Saw Stand




I'm gonna turn this old chair into a portable stand for my miter saw here. ( as shown in picture #1)

Step 1: Removing the Seat From the Frame of the Chair

First i will need to flip the chair upside down to access the screws holding it to the frame of the chair. (as shown in picture #1) Remove the four screws and set aside for attaching saw to chair. Remove the seat cushion and flip chair right side up. (picture #2)

Step 2: Remove the Arms From the Chair

In order to remove the arms from this particular chair i will need to cut the straps holding them to the frame of the chair. ( as shown in picture #1) The arms are now removed from the frame. ( as shown in picture #2)

Step 3: Making the Arms Out-rollers for Holding Long Boards Flat on the Saw .

After removing the arms i will use them  for out-rollers to hold long boards that i cut on the saw. I will drive a screw through the end of each arm ( as shown in picture #1)  so it wont pull out from under the saw when its slid into position. These screws need to be drove parallel with the upright of the arm ( as shown in picture #2)

Step 4: Mounting the Saw to the Chair With the Arms (outrollers) Positioned Under the Saw.

Position the arms under the saw before mounting the saw to the chair.( as shown in picture #1 & 2) Once the arms and saw are in position, i will use washers and the screws i set aside earlier to mount the saw to the chair.( as shown in picture #3) Tighten screws so saw is firmly attached to chair.( as shown in picture #4)

Step 5: Marking and Cutting the Arms to Be Level Outrollers

Once the saw is tightened to the chair and the  out-rollers are in position, ( as shown in picture #1) lay a straight edge on the saw base extending to the out-roller and make a mark underneath straight edge( as shown in picture #2 & 3). This is where i will cut the out-roller so it is level with the saws cutting base.

Step 6: Cut Out-rollers Level

After cutting my outrollers level with my saw base, ( as shown in picture) the last step is to make it portable.

Step 7: Making It Portable

Making the saw portable requires mounting rollers to the back legs.( as shown in picture #1) They need to be mounted so when the chair is tipped back the wheels can be used to move the saw around easily. I drilled a hole in the back legs just high enough that the rollers wont touch the ground until the chair is tipped backwards.( as shown in picture #2) With these particular rollers i had to drill a small hole and insert a screw( as shown in picture #3)  to keep the roller from moving. Now when the chair is tipped back, ( as shown in picture #4) the roller is now used to move the saw around to wherever you need it.  



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7 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

Very creative! Great use of an otherwise useless chair. Being able to grab the chair back and roll that thing where you need it in your shop is awesome and it is "ready to roll"! I have mounted my miter saw in many places just to keep it steady while I worked on a quickie project. Having something like this would make setup quicker and easier. Great job!

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Tex Arcana

5 years ago

very nice idea, but I think I'd consider mounting the saw to the arms (to get it higher and at an easier-to-use level), which also allows the seat of the chair to be used for tool and saw blade storage.

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radbroTex Arcana

Reply 5 years ago

thats a good idea too but on this particular chair the arms were crap. they were just held in place by leather straps. thanks for looking tho.

Tex Arcanaantioch

Reply 5 years ago

to support longer work that would ordinarily hang past the baseplate.