My workbenches are finished, and embarrassingly, all I’ve done since their completion is stare at them. I haven’t thought up a new project or pulled together something exciting. I need to change this quickly. The whole point of my workbenches was to be able to easily have somewhere to tackle projects! While I think up my next project, I figured I should at least share with you how I made these workbenches. I’ll tackle them in two posts; I’ll start with making your mitre saw station. I’ll link the table saw station here once it’s done. Also, if you’re looking for the incredible doors I have on these stations – yes, I did compliment myself because they look so good – look no further than this post. Mitre saw station here we come!
Don’t be intimidated by this mitre saw station’s beauty. The mitre saw station is a simple DIY that will save you a lot of prep time in the future – you know when you get to tackle your next project. I started tackling this along with a version I saw on the internet that complicated things. Luckily, my stepdad came for a visit, and I put him straight to work. He helped me streamline the design of the mitre station and, most importantly, helped my brain stop hurting. Let’s see how we ended up where we did.
What You Need to Make A Mitre Saw Station
You’ll need to measure how tall, wide, and deep you want to mitre saw station to be. The way that I have built mine, the legs add depth and width to your mitre saw station – so bear that in mind when coming up with your measurements.
- A mitre saw (or a circular saw, but, I’m assuming if you’re building this you have the mitre saw
- A circular saw
- A drill
- 2.5 inch screws
- Kreg kig + screws (optional)
- 2x4s for the frames
- 8 pieces that are the height you want – for the legs
- 4 pieces that are the width you want – for the base (2) and top (2) (top width pieces need to be the full width you want the mitre station to be)
- 6 pieces that are the depth you want – for the base (3) and top (4) (top depth pieces need to be the full depth that you want the mitre station to be)
- 4 pieces that are the width of the mitre saw station less the space you need for your mitre saw, divided by 2 (I’m calling these pieces “width divided by two”)
- plywood for the base/tops/sides
- Casters – if you want this mitre saw station on wheels
- Paint for the doors/sides/tops
How to Build A Mitre Saw Station
- Build your base. Take 2 of your width pieces and three of your depth pieces. Build a rectangle and add one of the depth pieces in the middle for support. I used my Kreg jig to make pocket holes for these. They will be covered so it is not at all necessary. Add wood glue if you want extra stability
- Using your circular saw, cut a piece of plywood that is the same width/depth as your base. Secure this piece in place (above the base, using your drill and screws.
- Add your legs. You’re going to have two legs butt up against each other on each corner. Secure them using screws and a level.
- Determine the height you want your mitre saw to be sitting at. At this height, attach a width piece and secure it across to both sides of the legs. It just so happened that the height I wanted mine at was exactly the height of a 2×4 on its side. So, I lowered the width pieces that much from the top. Repeat this on the backside.
- Your depth pieces then go on top of your width pieces and you secure these to the legs. These pieces should now be the same height as the top of your legs. Repeat on the other side.
- Cut a piece of plywood that your mitre saw will sit on. Place it on top of your top width pieces and secure it using screws.
- Take your other top-depth pieces and place them right next to the plywood that your mitre saw will sit on. The easiest way to secure these was using a Kreg jig.
- Take your “width divided by two” pieces and secure them between the front and the back of the depth pieces
- Cut two pieces of plywood to cover the top of these counter spaces. Secure with screws
- Cut plywood to cover the sides and back. Secure with screws or nails.
- Make your doors using this shaker door tutorial
- Then paint and you have yourself a mitre saw station!
PS I clearly added beadboard to mine – I had leftover material. Given the cost of lumber, I wouldn’t have normally done this but it does make the mitre saw station look on so pretty.