DIY Mobile Miter Saw Stand (Plans & Video)

Make the most of your workshop space with this clever DIY miter saw stand. It folds and rolls, and it’s easy to build with these free step-by-step plans.

Raising a support wing on a DIY mobile miter saw stand

If you’re looking for a solution to make your miter saw mobile and save on workshop space, look no further than this DIY miter saw stand. The folding design can be set up or taken down in just a few seconds, and it fits most popular miter saws. It may look complex, but it’s easy to make with just a few simple tools.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the free step-by-step plan, which includes all of the measurements, easy-to-follow instructions, and detailed diagrams, and get started now!

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Table of Contents

  • What is a Mobile Miter Saw Stand?
  • What Tools Do You Need?
  • What Wood Should You Use?
  • Miter Saw Dust Collection
  • How to Make a DIY Miter Saw Stand: Video
  • How to Make a DIY Miter Saw Stand: Tutorial
  • Get the Free Printed Plan

What is a Mobile Miter Saw Stand?

This mobile miter saw stand is loaded with smart features to save space, time, and improve your accuracy.

The collapsible support wings increase the size of your miter saw’s small footprint to nearly 91 inches, providing you with plenty of space when it’s time to tackle a big job. The wings also fold for storage, making it ideal for any small workshop, garage, or shed.

Four casters mounted at the bottom allow you to pull the miter saw cart out when it’s time to work and push it back when you’re done.

A DIY miter saw stand with the folding wings extended

My buddy told me the folding arms of this miter saw station reminds him of a robot. So I’m nicknaming this project the “Miter-Bot”!

Locking the folding arm of a mobile miter saw stand

📝 NOTE: The arms could be a pinch point. Please use caution when folding the support wings.

The folding support wings also have a stop for repeatable cuts. Using the stop saves time and improves the accuracy of your DIY projects.

Hand adjusting the stop for repeatable cuts on the support wing of mobile DIY miter saw stand

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What Tools Do You Need?

I wanted to make sure that everyone, from beginners to advanced DIYers, could build this stand with only a few basic woodworking tools. You’ll see in the video that I used a few tools to simplify the process. In many situations, you may use another type of tool or simply skip that step.

For example, in Step 9, I rounded the corners to give the arm anchors a finished look. I used a disc sander to round the corners, but I understand not every DIYer has one. I think these pieces are too small to cut with a jigsaw, but you could use a palm sander to round the corners instead. Or you could just leave the corners square.

The folding arms of this DIY miter saw stand pivot on wooden anchors

Nearly all of the cuts for this project can be made with a miter saw. The exception is the plywood top, which will need to be cut with either a circular saw or a table saw.

Related: 4 Ways to Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

The parts of this mobile stand were joined with pocket hole joinery. You may use any pocket hole jig that you have. I used my Kreg Jig K5, which was discontinued since I built this project.

Related: Which Kreg Jig Should You Buy?


What Wood Should You Use?

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted this project to be easy to build for DIYers of all skill levels. I also wanted it to be easy to make for DIYers with a small workshop.

Related: My 12×13 Small Woodshop Layout

Plywood is often a popular material for building DIY miter saw stands, but working with plywood has some drawbacks. For example, it can be tough to maneuver plywood sheets in a small workshop.

If you have a small car, it might be challenging to transport the plywood back to your shop. Many big box home improvement stores provide free wood cutting; however, the cuts are frequently not precise.

Instead of plywood, this mobile miter saw stand was made almost entirely with 1×4 lumber and only two small sheets of plywood. In my experience, it’s easier for do-it-yourselfers with small shops to work with these materials.

Mobile miter saw stand with the support wings folded in the closed position

Another note about the wood. I planned to paint the base of the stand to give it a store-bought appearance. So, rather than using raw wood, I tried something new and used pre-primed lumber.

I figured using pre-primed lumber would save time and steps because the sanding and priming were already done. It was a good idea, but it didn’t work out that way.

The primer was rough and bumpy in some areas, and I had to sand to make it smooth. Also, when I got the boards home, I noticed that they were made in two different countries and that the edges were finished differently. Some of the boards had square edges, while others had rounded edges similar to a 2×4. To my eye, attaching square edges to rounded edges would have made this piece look unprofessional.

The most significant thing I noticed was that the wood itself seemed weaker than the pine that I usually buy for my projects. While driving screws, some of the pieces split, while others simply broke in half. I doubt I’ll use primed wood again to build a project like this.

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Miter Saw Dust Collection

A miter saw is a useful tool, but it produces a lot of sawdust. One way to control the dust is with a miter saw dust hood.

A miter saw hood is a simple device that sits behind a miter saw and captures most of the dust. The hood connects to a shop vacuum or dust collection system and prevents the dust from spreading throughout the workshop, making your workspace quicker and easier to clean.

I made this dust hood behind the miter saw in my workshop. In the bottom of the hood is a 4″ fitting that connects to my dust collector with a flexible hose.

Related: How to Make a DIY Miter Saw Dust Hood

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How to Make a DIY Miter Saw Stand: Video

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How to Make a DIY Miter Saw Stand

Printed Plan

  • Get the FREE plan here (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips).

Supplies

  • Wood (per the printed plan)
  • 1-¼” Pocket Screws
  • ¾” Wood Screws
  • 1-¼” Wood Screws
  • 1-½” Wood Screws
  • 2” Wood Screws
  • (2) ¼”×3-½” Lag Bolts
  • (2) ¼”×2” Lag Bolts
  • (5) ¼”×1-¼” Lag Bolts
  • (12) 1-½” Lag Screws
  • (56) ¼” Washers
  • (8) ¼” Lock Nuts
  • (1) ¼” Wing Nut
  • (2) 12” Piano Hinges
  • (4) 2” Casters
  • T-Track

Tools

Step 1. Make the Sides

Cut 4 pieces of 1×4 for the stiles. Cut 6 pieces of 1×4 for the rails and drill pocket holes in each end. 4 of these pieces will be used in this step and 2 pieces will be used in Step 2.

Related: How to Use a Kreg Jig

Apply glue to the ends of 2 rails, position on 2 stiles and clamp. Attach using pocket screws. Repeat for the other side.

Sketch showing how to assemble the sides of mobile DIY miter saw stand

Step 2. Make the Bottom

Cut 6 pieces of 1×4 and drill pocket holes in each end. 2 of these pieces will be used in this step and 4 pieces will be used in Step 4.

Apply glue to the ends of the pieces from Step 1, position on 2 of the pieces from this step and clamp. Attach using pocket screws.

Sketch showing how to make the bottom of a miter saw stand

Step 3. Attach the Bottom

Apply glue to the edges of the bottom and clamp to the sides. Attach using pocket screws. Also, drill several countersink holes in the bottom rails of the sides and attach using wood screws.

Related: How to Use a Countersink Bit

Joining the sides to the bottom of a DIY miter saw stand

Step 4. Attach the Rails

Apply glue to the rails (from Step 2), position on the sides and clamp. Attach using pocket screws.

Joining the sides to the bottom of a DIY miter saw stand

Step 5. Make the Top Supports

Cut 4 pieces of 1×4. Measure in at the top and bottom. Connect the marks and cut an angle with a DIY circular saw crosscut guide. Then drill pocket holes in each support. Be sure to make 2 right supports and 2 left supports. This way the pocket holes will face inward rather than outward.

Making the top supports of a DIY mobile miter saw stand

Attach the top supports to the base with wood screws and pocket screws.

Installing the top supports on a mobile DIY miter saw stand

Step 6. Make the Wing Frames

Cut 4 long pieces of 1×4. Cut 4 short pieces of 1×4 and drill pocket holes in each end. Apply glue to the ends of 2 short pieces, position on the long pieces and clamp. Attach using pocket screws. Repeat for the other frame.

Making the support wings for a folding miter saw stand

Cut 4 pieces of 1×2. Drill several countersink holes on the edge of each piece. Also, drill 3 holes in the side of each piece.

Apply glue to the edge, position on the inside of the wing frame and clamp. Attach using wood screws. Repeat for the other pieces.

Attaching the cleats to the support wing for a DIY miter saw stand

Step 7. Paint (Optional)

I painted the base and wings of the miter saw cart because I wanted it to look like a store-bought piece of workshop furniture. I lightly sanded all of the parts and sprayed a coat of primer. When the primer was dry I sprayed the stand with two coats of “Casual Gray” Behr High Gloss paint.

Step 8. Make the Top

Cut a ¾” piece of plywood. Position the top on the stand and clamp. Attach the top supports using pocket screws.

Related: 4 Ways to Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

Measure in on the front and back and drill several countersink holes. Attach using wood screws.

Attaching the top to a mobile miter saw stand

Step 9. Make the Arm Anchors

Cut 8 pieces of 1×4. Measure in on each corner and use a compass to draw an arc. I used a disc sander to round off the corners.

Next, I used a ⅞” Forstner bit and a ¼” Forstner bit to drill holes that will connect the anchors to the arms.

Making the arm anchors for a miter saw cart

Step 10. Make the Lower Arms

Cut 4 pieces of 1×3. Measure in on each corner and use a compass to draw an arc. I used a disc sander to round off the corners.

Next, I used a ⅞” Forstner bit and a ¼” Forstner bit to drill holes on the opposite side of each arm. The holes will connect the arms to the anchors.

Make the arms for a DIY mobile miter saw cart

Step 11. Make the Upper Arms

Cut 2 pieces of 1×3. Cut 4 pieces of 1×3. I used a ¼” Forstner bit to drill through the end of each piece.

Apply glue to 2 small pieces, position on the end of an arm (I used a spare bolt to align the holes) and clamp. Repeat for the other arm.

When the glue is dry measure in on each corner and use a compass to draw an arc. I used a disc sander to round off the corners.

Building the upper arms for a DIY mobile miter saw stand

Next, I marked the location for the arm locks on the top and bottom side of the arm. I’ll use these marks to attach the arm locks in Step 13.

Marking the locations for arm locks on a DIY miter saw stand

Step 12. Make the Arm Locks

Cut 4 pieces of 1×2. The locks will be held in place with screws. First I drilled countersink holes in the center of each piece. Then I drilled a hole inside the countersink hole. This will allow the lock to spin freely on the screw. Measure in on each corner and use a compass to draw an arc. I used a disc sander to round off the corners.

Making the arm locks for a mobile DIY miter saw stand

Step 13. Assemble the Arms

Layout 2 lower arms and 1 upper arm. Insert a bolt with a washer into the middle hole in the arms. Then place a washer on both sides of the upper arm. Attach using another washer and a lock nut. Tighten the nut but leave it loose enough so the arms can move freely. Repeat for the other set of arms.

Assembling the arms for a DIY folding miter saw cart

Attach 2 anchors to the upper arm. Insert a bolt with a washer into the upper arm hole and attach using another washer and a lock nut. Tighten the nut but leave it loose enough so the arms can move freely. Repeat for the other set of arms.

Attach 1 anchor to each lower arm. Insert a bolt with a washer (I needed to use three washers to prevent the nut from protruding beyond the back of the assembly) into the lower arm hole and attach using another washer and a lock nut. Tighten the nut but leave it loose enough so the arms can move freely. Repeat for the remaining anchors.

Assembling the arms for a DIY folding miter saw cart

Attach the arm locks using wood screws.

Installing the arm locks on a DIY mobile miter saw cart

Step 14. Attach the Lower Anchors

Position an arm assembly on the base and flip the upper arms in between the lower arms. I inserted a few playing cards in between the upper arms and lower arms to act as spacers. This will ensure the arms will move freely later on.

Center the assembly on the base and clamp in position. Attach the anchors using pocket screws.

Next, I temporarily removed the arms. I need to flip the base in the next step and this will prevent the arms from flopping around.

Attaching the lower arm anchors on a DIY mobile miter saw stand

Step 15. Attach the Casters

Flip the base and attach one caster to each corner.

Attaching casters to DIY miter saw stand

Step 16. Attach the Folding Wings

Center a wing on each side of the top. Attach the wing to the top with a 12” piano hinge.

Installing the support wings on mobile DIY miter saw stand

Step 17. Attach the Upper Anchors

Reattach the arms to the lower anchors. Center the upper anchors on the wing and clamp in position. Attach using pocket screws.

Installing the upper arm anchors on a miter saw cart

I attached 1 piece of 1×2 to the back of the upper anchor with a wood screw. This will help push the arm in the upright position when the wing is closed.

Screwing a stop block on a mobile miter saw stand

Step 18. Attach the Miter Saw

Center the miter saw from side to side and front to back. Drill holes in the top to match the mounting holes in the miter saw. Attach using bolts, washers, and nuts.

Bolting a miter saw to a mobile miter saw cart

Step 19. Make the Wing Tables

The dimension of each miter saw is a little different. The length of the wing tables is based on the distance from the end of the wing table to the side of the miter saw base. This means the length of the wing tables will be different for each saw.

To determine the length of your wing table raise the wings and measure from the end of the wing to the side of the miter saw. Then, subtract 1″ from this measurement.

Use a circular saw or table saw to rip two pieces of ¾” plywood to 8” and cut to your dimension.

Related: 4 Ways to Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

Cut 4 pieces of 1×6. These pieces need to fit inside the wing frames. They should be snug, but not too tight. Otherwise, it will be difficult to install the wing tables in the wing frames. Adjust to fit if necessary.

Position 2 pieces from the end of the wing tabletop and set in from each edge. Clamp in position, drill several countersink holes and attach using wood screws.

Building the support wing tables for a DIY mobile miter saw stand

The wing table supports are based on the length of the wing table. Measure from the side of the wing table that will extend over the base of the stand to the outside edge of the 1×6. Then, subtract a ¼” from this measurement.

Cut 4 pieces of 1×2 to your dimension. I placed the supports on the underside of the wing tables. I used some scrap 1x material as spacers between the 1×6s and the 1×2s. Drill several countersink holes in the supports and attach using wood screws.

Attaching wing table supports for a DIY miter saw stand

Step 20. Install the Wing Tables

Insert a wing table into the wing. Place a straight edge (I used a 6′ level) across the miter saw table and adjust the wing until it’s level with the miter saw table. Clamp the wing table to the wing and attach using washers and lag screws. Repeat for the other wing table.

Installing the wing tables in a mobile DIY miter saw stand

Step 21. Attach the T-Track

Cut 2 pieces of T-Track to match the length of the wing table. Position on the back of the wing table and clamp. Attach using wood screws.

Attaching t-track to a miter saw cart

Step 22. Make the Stop

Cut 1 piece of 1×3 and drill a hole in the center. Insert a bolt, washer and wing nut. Slide the assembly onto the t-track.

Cut 1 piece of 1×2 and drill two pocket holes on one end. Place on the wing table and center on the back of the stop. Clamp in position, flip over and attach using pocket screws.

I sanded a bevel on the bottom edge of the stop. This will prevent sawdust from building up in front of the stop.

Building a stop for mobile miter saw stand


Final Thoughts

A mobile miter saw stand increases your work area, has smart features to save time and improve accuracy. It’s portable and saves space in a small workshop, garage or shed.

Get the free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!

Thank you for stopping by. If you found this information helpful, would you please pin it to Pinterest? Other DIYers would appreciate it and I would too! Thank you – Scott


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26 Comments

  1. I wish you would update the plan by adding slotted holes to make the arms adjustable. I did and it works really well

  2. Scott, dude, this is exactly wha I’ve been looking for! Your plans and instructions are super easy to follow and totally thorough, I can’t thank you enough for posting. You posts about organizing you workshop and the process you followed is exceptional! Let me know if yours available for professional consultations on client projects.

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