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Winter 2013-2014

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Mobile Miter Saw Stand

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Mobile Miter Saw Stand

Get more from your miter saw with a stand that handles everything.

By Richard Tendick


This stand has everything you could want. With the wings up, it can handle 8-ft.-long boards on either side. With wings down, the stand is only 5-1/2 ft. long. It’s on casters, so you can move it anywhere. When the casters are locked, the stand won’t budge.

You can make exact, repeatable cuts with a cursor mounted on a flip stop. For jobs outside the shop, just pick up the saw and go. It’s mounted to a notched plywood platform that automatically aligns with the fence.

Most sawdust goes through a hose connected to an on-board vacuum. Dust missed by the vacuum bounces against a back stop and drops into a collection box. The vacuum is plugged into a tool-actuated switch. When you turn the saw on, the vacuum comes on, too. When you’re done sawing, the vacuum automatically stops.

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Multi-Position Fences

You can move the fences on this stand to three different positions, depending on the job. The fences are clamped to the stand’s tables by threaded knobs. A pair of steel locating pins pass through a support behind each fence and into a series of holes drilled into the stand’s top. This automatically indexes the fence to two of the three positions.


For most cuts, you can line up each of the extension fences with the saw’s fence.


For making cuts with no tear-out on the back side or for cutting very short pieces, you can move the extension fence forward to align with a zero-clearance fence.


When you make a compound miter cut,
push the extension fences back so you can slide the saw’s fence to the left. It’s also a good idea to push the fences back for cutting slightly bent or crooked stock.










This story originally appeared in American Woodworker July 2006, issue #122.


July 2006, issue #122

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