The mitre saw is one of the most useful tools in a workshop. However, since they are large bulky tools they can be difficult to handle and hard to move around. Building a portable mitre saw table makes this tool easy to move, frees up works space and keeps the saw at a perfect working height all the time. This project takes a few steps but is a simple project.
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Things you need
- 2 2-inch by 4-inch by 4-feet boards
- 1 4-foot by 8-foot by 3/4-inch plywood
- Tape measure
- Carpenter's Square or protractor
- Mitre Saw
- Circular saw or table saw
- 0.454kg box of 1 5/8-inch screws
- Phillips head drill bit
- 1/8-inch drill bit for predrilling (optional)
- 2 Swiveling casters
- 2 straight locking casters
- 3/8-inch drill bit
- 4 2 1/2-inch by 3/8-inch carriage bolts, with washers and nuts
- 9/16-inch ratchet and socket or wrench
Cut four 2-inch by 4-inch boards 32 inches long at a 15 degree angle on both ends using the mitre saw. Find the 15 degree angle using the protractor or carpenter's square.
Cut plywood a minimum of 3 inches wider and deeper then the mitre saw bolt holes using the circular saw or table saw. This dimension is will vary depending on your desires.
Line the outside edges of the plywood with the edges of the legs and attach them with 1 5/8 screws, drill and Phillips head bit.
Cut 4 strips of plywood 4 inches wide. Two strips will be rectangles the width of the table top the other two will be trapezoids with a top width the same as table width and the bottom width 15 degrees wider on each side.
Attach plywood strips to the table flush to the bottom of the table top with 1 5/8 screws using a minimum of two screws per side.
Measure from the bottom of the legs up with the measuring tape 8 inches and make a line parallel to the floor on each outside face of the leg.
Measure the width at the line height from the outside edge of a leg to the other.
Cut four more strips of plywood 4 inches wide using a circular saw or table saw. As with the other plywood strips there will be two rectangles and two trapezoids; however the longer widths will be the new measurements from step seven.
Attach these strips with a minimum of two 1 5/8 screws on each face. Start the bottom edge of each strip flush with the line and keep in mind that you may have to work the legs in and out as you attach the plywood.
Turn the table upside down and place the casters on legs of the table. Depending on the style of casters mark holes for predrilling for screws and then attach with screws or directly attach casters with screws.
Return the table to upright position. Place the saw centred on the table top and mark for bolts.
Remove the saw and drill the bolt hole marks with a 3/8-inch drill bit. Be sure to ream holes out a little.
Line the holes up. Push bolts up from the underneath to let the carriage head grab into the wood and lock bolts down with a washer andnut using a 9/16 wrench.
Tips and warnings
- Draw all screws tight and sink screw heads.
- Double check angles of plywood prior to cutting them by holding them in place to see if the lines will match.
- Always use safety glasses and ear protection when using any power saw.
- Make sure all legs are the same length to make the table as sturdy as possible.
- Keep the area clean as you work to avoid tripping.
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