How to build a portable miter saw table DIY with extendable wings and shop vac shelf.
Since moving into our home, we’ve done a lot more DIY projects. Slowly you add to the tool collection or make due with what you have.
But finally! Now we have a miter saw to make these home projects even easier! Only one problem. It wouldn’t fit on our workbench.
Oh well, guess we’ll have to DIY project our DIY project tool.
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Last year we built garage shelving and workbench combo and even though it’s 8 feet long, it’s not built for a miter saw. Since we still pull our car into the garage, we were going to need to make the best use out of a small space. A rolling miter saw table with collapsible wings that allowed for a shop vac to be stored underneath.
MITER SAW TABLE WITH SHOP VAC SHELF
- Miter saw
- Circular saw or table saw
- Impact driver
- Speed square
- Tape measure
- Safety glasses
- 4- 3 inch caster wheels with locks
- 4- folding shelf brackets 12 inches
- 6- 2×4’s
- 3-2×4 plywood
- Screws 1 ¼” (plywood table top)
- Screws 2 ½” (2×4 box frames)
- Washers (for the caster wheels)
This is our own personal experience. Be sure to measure properly for your own miter saw and shop vac storage. Always seek professional guidance. Always follow your manual and practice tool safety.
BUILD THE TOP, BOTTOM AND TWO SIDE WING BOXES
Our top table measures 30″x24″
The bottom shop vac shelf measures 27″x24″ (to account for the attached legs)
Each wing is 30″x24″
Measure and cut your boards. Be sure to use your 2×4’s wisely or you will come up short.
Pre drill holes to avoid splitting.
- 4-30 inch for the wings
- 8-21 inch for the wings, table top and bottom shelf, sides
- 4-27 inch for the front and back of the table top and shop vac shelf
- 4-35 inch for the table/shop vac legs. (measure for your own personal shop vac height)
We bought 3-2×4′ plywood boards. Using the left overs to make the bottom shop vac shelf-saving us a bit of money.
Miter saw table plywood- 30″x24″ (measure, cut and secure AFTER attaching the table legs.)
Extendable wings- 2- 30″x24″
Use the left overs to build your bottom shop vac shelf.
Since we do not have a table saw, we used clamps and scrap wood to act as a guide.
SECURE CASTER WHEELS
Mark and secure the caster wheels to the bottom shelf 2×4’s with screws and washers. (Again, we pre drill our holes to avoid splitting)
ATTACH TABLE LEGS TO THE TOP AND BOTTOM SHELF
Flip the boxes on the side and attach all four table legs to the top and bottom shelf.
SECURE PLYWOOD TABLE TOP
Now that the center is complete, lock the wheels, measure and cut the plywood table top.
ATTACHING THE WINGS
The wings are going to be raised on either side to be level with the deck of the miter saw. Be sure to do the math and measure a couple of times before attaching the shelf brackets.
The deck of our miter saw is 3 and 9/16 inches (just over of 3 ½) off the table top. The wings are 4 inches thick, which means we needed to drop our bracket down 7/16 (just shy of ½) of an inch for it to be level with the miter saw deck.
Your measurements will be different than ours. The miter saw and thickness of plywood you choose will play a part in deciding where your bracket needs to go.
Measure from the bottom of the miter saw to the miter saw deck. Measure the thickness of your extendable wings. Subtract the difference and attach the brackets there. Good enough is not good enough, be precise.
Mark where the shelf brackets will attach on both sides before attaching the brackets.
Flip the table upright and secure the miter saw.
MITER SAW TABLE DIY WITH EXTENDABLE WINGS AND SHOP VAC SHELF
This miter saw table is fairly tall sitting at 39 inches where the saw sits. For a tall person and a tall shop vac, everything is comfortable. But keep that in mind when making your own miter saw table. The plywood and caster wheels each add to the overall height of workbench.
HOW MUCH DID THIS PROJECT COST
It depends on how much you have on hand. We purchased the 2x4s, plywood, caster wheels and brackets making our total a little over $200. Prices may very in your area. We found and purchased everything local besides the brackets. We bought those from amazon.
Best of luck,