A mitre saw (sometimes referred to as a compound mitre saw for its ability to cut both bevelled and mitred angles simultaneously) is designed for making precise crosscuts on lumber. However, supporting long boards on the relatively narrow table of a mitre saw can be cumbersome. To solve this dilemma, you can make your own mitre saw stands that will support both the infeed and outfeed sides of your mitre saw, to hold these long boards in place while you make your cut.
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Things you need
- 1 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of 3/4-inch plywood
- 2 sawhorses
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- 2 8-foot-long 2-inch by 6-inch boards
- Table saw
- Power drill with bits
- Box of 2-inch deck screws
Place a 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of 3/4-inch-thick plywood on a pair of stable sawhorses.
Measure 12 inches in on each end of the plywood along one long 8-foot side, and make pencil marks. Cut a 12-inch-wide by 8-foot-long strip of plywood at these marks using a circular saw. Then, cut that 12-inch-wide, 8-foot-long strip in half, yielding two 4-foot-long sections.
Place your mitre saw onto the remaining 3-foot by 8-foot section of plywood. The mitre saw should be centred along the front, 8-foot edge of the plywood.
Measure the distance from the top of the plywood sheet up to the mitre saw's table. Subtract 3/4 inch from this distance.
Set up your table saw's fence so that the fence is the distance you determined in the previous step away from the saw blade. Rip two 8-foot-long 2-inch by 6-inch boards to this width. Then, cut these two 8-foot boards into 4-foot-long sections using either your mitre saw or circular saw.
Stand two of the ripped 2-by-6 boards on edge, parallel to one another about 8 inches apart, onto the plywood to the left of the mitre saw. The rearward of these two boards should be parallel and in line with the mitre saw's back fence. In this position, the two boards will cantilever off the plywood to the left of the mitre saw. Connect these two boards to the plywood from underneath with a deck screw every 12 inches along the boards.
Repeat the previous step with the other two ripped 2-by-6 boards on the plywood to the right of the mitre saw.
Mount one of the 12-inch by 4-foot strips of plywood onto the two parallel boards to the left of the mitre saw. Connect the plywood strip to the boards using a deck screw every 12 inches along the joint. Repeat with the other strip on the right side of the mitre saw.
Tips and warnings
- To use your mitre saw stand, position the board to be cut onto the mitre saw table. The plywood extensions to either side of the saw table will help support the wood, allowing you to slide it into position for the cut as needed.
- When using power tools such as a mitre saw, circular saw or power drill, use appropriate safety equipment such as safety glasses to protect your eyes.
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