Workshops have diverse ways to teach this, but they all have one thing in common: the saw is a specific brand whose specific features make the lesson easier to understand. We are going to use a similar approach and take the help of the Dewalt DW715 to build a miter saw table for it.
This is of course DIY friendly, meaning you can do it yourself as long as you have a good enough idea and experience with handling power tools.
Why The Dewalt DW715?
Not only can it be placed on two sawhorses as you see fit, its simplicity and versatility do not give you much to fuss over the saw as much as setting your attention on making the saw table.
What Are The Tools Needed?
- Square (Speed or Combination)
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw (even a hand saw will pass muster)
- Safety goggles, work gloves, ear plugs
- Pencil, tape measure, clamps (this last one is optional)
- Panel Saw (if you do not own one or do not know how to use one, you can approach the same people you buy wood from to help you with this tool-piece)
- Drill, including bits
- 2x4x8 wood studs (2-3 pieces)
- 1x6x10 wood board
- ¼ inch plywood of 4x8 (3/8 inch is also usable)
- Screws and nails to help with fastening
- Hanger bolts and nuts (4 pieces). Use only the size that fits your miter saw.
DIY Miter Saw Table – Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1 – Miter Saw Measurement
This is fairly straightforward, if not incredibly simple for anyone with a rudimentary knowlege of crafting. You are going to measure the depth, width, and height of the miter saw.
- Depth – This pertains to the minimum depth of the table. It should be deep enough for the saw’s base to find good firm seating. 18 inches sounds about right; this is of course using the Dewalt DW715.
- Width – This is obvious enough, namely the saw’s width. Make a little extar space for this measurement to help with saw movement when taking it out and putting it in. 24.5 inches was good for the DW715.
- Height – Touted to be the most important measurement of the three, make sure you start at the flat surface on the base and go all the way to the saw’s surface top where the material you need cut is going to be placed.
As for the divider height, simply calculate twice the plywood thickness and subtract it; you can also use scrap material to directly figure out the divider height.
Step 2 – Plywood Cutting
To quote the measure used by a DIY expert, your table is going to be 18 inches deep, 8 feet wide, with a 24.5-inch region dedicated to the miter saw. Then you have 46.5 inches of space on the left side and 25 inches on the right.
With this measure, you can more efficiently cut the plywood needed for the table.
- For the bottom and top of the table, make 18-inch and 17.75-inch plywood strips respectively.
- Make allowance for the back piece by rendering one plywood strip thinner than the other.
- Since a ¼” plywood was used (refer tools needed above), the top piece will become ¼” thinner.
- The back has to be cut to suit the miter saw’s height. Do not forget to consider the thickness of the bottom. You can figure all this out on the table saw itself.
- The shorter plywood piece (the top one) has to be cut to make room for your miter saw. The width of the plywood will determine whether you can perform the cut on a circular saw or panel saw.
- The cut section has to mirror the exact width of the miter saw. Use the saw to cut the back piece in the same fashion.
Step 3 – Divider Making
You can now get to that table or hand saw and rip the 1x6 wood to match the miter saw’s height. Consider also the table’s top and bottom.
- Take a measure of the table top’s width (17.75 inches, as mentioned in the user-inspired choice).
- You are next going to create a stop block by clamping a scrap piece to make cutting 6 dividers quick and simple. If you have space constraints, you will need to measure each divider individually.
- Use the tape measure to mark the ripped 1x6.
- Use the square to draw a demarcation line.
- Cut the 6 dividers you are going to use as support for your table.
Step 4 – Table Assembling
We come at last to the final step in the process. Here, you are basically going to assemble all the components into one whole. Start nailing (followed by screwing) only when you are certain all the heights and measures are proper.
A user-inspired approach...
- Nail the bottom piece to the studs.
- Nail the dividers to the top piece.
- Flip the ensemble over, and nail the top piece to the bottom.
- Nail the back.
- Fasten the miter saw.
Once the miter saw is in position, you mark and then drill the holes needed for the machine to sit steady. Hanger bolts come in mighty handy to hold the saw in place during this process.
Soften all woodwork using rough grit sandpaper. Voila! You have yourself a table saw, made by you.