I can now put a big check mark next to something on the garage to-do list! I finished building my miter saw bench this weekend.
If you don’t do too much woodworking, this project may seem kind of boring. But since I use my miter saw on nearly every project I do, it is a big deal for me.
I started out by building the legs and frame for the top and bottom shelves, shown below.
Once that was done, I connected the legs to the frame according to the instructions and then flipped it over so I could attach the casters.
Then I flipped it back over. This is always a phase of a project I enjoy, because when it starts to resemble the final product, I know I’m getting somewhere.
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Next, I cut the 3/4″ plywood for the shelves. I used my Ryobi Circular Saw attached to my Kreg Circular Saw Guide. Both of these tools are key for me when cutting plywood. The circular saw is cordless and uses the same battery as my drill and nail gun, which is very convenient. The Kreg Circular Saw Guide attaches to the circular saw and is easily adjustable to help ensure an accurate cut.
After that, I placed the plywood on the braces I had made for the shelves. At this point, you could stop and have a rolling workbench.
But I continued to build the guides and fence for my miter saw. For the rest of the pieces I attached, I chose not to glue before screwing them in because I am hoping at some point to upgrade my miter saw. I currently have a Hitachi 10″ Single Bevel Compound Saw, which I love and feel like it is an excellent and affordable starter saw. In the future, I’d like to upgrade to a more advance saw, which means my measurements may differ.
I used a 1×8, like the instructions said, to attach perpendicular as a fence on either side of the saw. My saw is smaller than the one used in the plans, so it ended up being about 48″ on the left side of the saw and 18″ on the right side. The cutting surface of my saw was 3 1/4″ high, so I subjected 3/4″ off of that to account for the top board I was using, a 1×10, and six pieces of plywood that I cut to around 11″x2 3/4″.
After this, I cut my 1×10 to fit across the top, and I was done! I did cut a slight angle on either side of the saw.
Now I have a much more reliable method to cut down lumber for projects!
The plans on the Home Depot Blog were clear and easy to follow, and I would definitely recommend these plans if you’d like to build a miter saw bench!
Now, if I can keep the momentum going and get some more projects done, I will be in good shape.