Easy and Cheap Miter Saw Table Tutorial

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miter saw table or work bench 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

workbench sketch up model

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.

mdf and wood posts

Step 1:

  • 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.

countersunk holes drilled with a Dewalt drill

Step 2:

  • 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.

where to put screws on miter saw table

 

cat using Dewalt drill

These are my minions. Garage Cat despises manual labor.

 

 Step 3:

  • Attach the center cross beam.

miter saw table cross beam

Step 4:

  • 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.

Kreg Jig pocket holes

Step 5:

  • Flip it over and add your castors.

Step 6:

  • 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.

Step 7:

  • Add you miter saw or just do something awesome on your new work bench!

Simple miter saw table with Ridgid 12" compound miter saw

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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14 comments

  • Elisabeth

    Hi!!
    Oh my goodness was this post ever meant for me!!! What a day to rejoice and be exceedingly glad! I have literally just been out and bought my very first Bosch Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, and then I walk in, open up your email and BINGO!!!!! There is my very first project and my own bench to complement my new toy! How good can this day get!!!??? Yay!!! Thanks so much! Cheers, Liz in Australia. :)

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Liz, That is so AMAZING!! Great minds think alike, even if we are so far away!! Wow, I love Bosch products- my Dad has a jigsaw that puts my little one to shame! I would love to see your finished table when your done. Drop me a line and a share a pic!

  • http://www.housekaboodle.com Sue Pekarek

    I am in love too. We just bought a little saw and table to get the beadboard hallway project done. Love your elephant table though and will show to husband for sure. Way too cute on the garage cat.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      I wanted something super substantial so that no matter what, it wasn’t going to topple over. Even though we have strict rules about my tools, I still have 3 rambunctious kids. Using posts instead of 2 x 4’s did the trick. I love it and I love bead board! Good luck on your project!! xoxo

  • Christie

    This is such a great idea, and I need to make one for my miter saw. This post is one of my features from last week’s Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party. Be sure to stop by tonight to see your feature! Thanks for sharing it with us, Erica! :)

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      That is so awesome! Thanks Christie!! I’ll be there, I love a good party 😉

  • chellie schmitz

    I said to my husband… “hey need a miter saw table?” He was looking over my shoulder and said ‘pin it’! LOL. Great work, once again!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Haha, thanks Chellie! I’m not sure which part I like better- the part where the hubs likes my table, or the part where he said “pin it!” Hilarious! xoxo

  • Hillary Cole

    My husband is definitely the handy one in our house but he would love this for his miter saw!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      You can be handy to Hillary! Once you use that miter saw once, you’ll be hooked!

  • Holly Hauck

    You are so creative! I don’t know how you have time to do all these awesome projects!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Holly! I’m lucky my kids like playing in the sprinkler in the front yard and are not afraid of the sounds of power tools 😉

  • Dava McCall

    Love your posts…wanted to add something to this tutorial. I ran into this the past weekend, while using my miter saw on its “repurposed kitchen table” that is now the miter saw table aka Charles the King Cats throne when the saw is not in use…I kept having to have some help with some 8 ft boards I was cutting because of the length. I loved your table design, and thought to add some hinges and MDF to that supply list and give it “drop-leaves” on each side for those times when you are needing more workspace. Same footprint, barely more weight, and your table could handle it. Just a suggestion that I thought you might like. Happy sawing! 😉

  • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

    Hi Dava,
    Thanks so much for your input!. Honestly, that had been my idea from the beginning, but you got to it first!. It seems like I always have another project queued up. Right now I’m using roller stands… Thanks again and happy building!!