Easy and Cheap Miter Saw Table Tutorial
Hi Everyone! Happy Monday and happy first day of summer vacation! Yes, today will probably be spent playing in the sprinkler, doing underdogs on the swing and eating lemonade popsicles until we throw up. That’s how we break in vacation On Bliss Street.
But, let’s talk about yesterday… Yes, a sleepy, quiet Sunday when I finally built a table for my miter saw!
“Is that the one you got for Mother’s Day, like three weeks ago?” you ask… Why yes it is and I realize that is a crazy amount of time to go having this amaze-balls Ridgid Miter Saw in your garage without using it… Well, your right, but if you follow me on Instagram you know that last weekend was spent building a giant play set for my nephew. This weekend was all mine…well and the kids’… and Tyler’s, well, you get the picture.
So today, I’m going to share a super easy and cheap miter saw table tutorial so you can build one like mine, but it will also work really great just as a work bench. Either way, it’s cheap, easy and so strong an elephant could do a head stand on it.
Supply List for a 24″ x 48″ table that is 35″ tall including 2 1/2″ castors, 39 1/2″ tall including a 4 1/2″ tall saw deck-
- 1- 2′ x 4′ piece of 3/4″ MDF (top)
- 4- 4″ x 4″ posts cut to 31 3/4″ (Legs)- Turquoise
- 4- 4″ x 4″ posts cut to 17″ (side supports)- Red
- 1- 4″ x4″ post cut to 41″ (center support)- Yellow
- 2- 2″ x 4″ cut to 41″ (front and back table support)- Green
- 4- 2 1/2″ castors. I used 2 straight rolling for the front and 2 swivel/locking for the back.
- 20- 5″ lag screws (here’s a little tip- I got all of mine at Farm and Fleet for about $7 because they charge by weight. At the “other” stores, they wanted me to pay $0.95 each. Not happening.)
- 8- 2 1/2″ kreg screws
- 8- 1 1/2″ wood screws
My posts were reclaimed on Craigslist for $15 (thanks Dad!) for a bundle of them- so this project cost me about $15 for the MDF and the lag screws.
- Lay out your pieces for each side so you know where to drill your holes. I drilled a countersunk hole first so that the head of the lag screws with be set inside the wood, then drilled the pilot hole through.
- Drill holes for 2 lag screws per joint where your posts will meet.
- Red circles are the joints where you will drill from the outside in.
- This is one side- the the 2 holes in the middle will support your cross beam.
- Build each side this way.
- Attach the center cross beam.
- Using my Kreg Jig, I drilled 2 pocket holes into the ends of my 2″ x 4″s and attached to the legs with the 2 1/2″ wood screws.
- Then jump on it and pose just to ensure that it surely is as strong as you think it is.
- Flip it over and add your castors.
- Put the MDF on top and secure using the 1 1/2″ wood screws. I countersunk mine a bit so they wouldn’t stick up.
- Add you miter saw or just do something awesome on your new work bench!
Remember when I said and elephant could do a headstand on it, well, I meant it. This thing is super sturdy, movable, and fits my saw like a dream. I’m in love…..
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