Miter Saw Stand Features

Miter saw stands and tables, whether stationary or portable, serve to make your miter saw safer and more accurate by raising the saw to a comfortable operating height, stabilizing both saw and work stock, providing support on both sides of the saw for long stock, allowing easy alignment of stock, and even helping to minimize vibration to some degree.

miter saw stand features

The design of stationary miter saw mounts, tables, or stands in a workshop depend on the space available, shop configuration, and features desired. They are beyond the scope of this discussion, since many are custom/home made, or built from a variety of available plans which are likely modified to fit the owner’s needs, presenting an almost infinite number of variables.

Commercially available portable miter saw stands, which can handle everything from a chop saw to a dual bevel sliding compound miter saw, include a large (but finite!) number of configurations and features. Of course, even these portable stands can be used in your workshop, providing greater flexibility for your shop layout, the ability to be moved for cleaning purposes, and folded up to save space when not in use.

Get The Right Type Of Stand For The Way You Work

Most commercial miter saw stands can be divided into three basic categories:

  • sawhorse configuration, where some type of central rail system is supported by folding a-frame legs at each end, much like a single sawhorse. Sliding, adjustable extension rails/bars on both ends of the stand support the stock being worked, and can be adjusted to length. The best miter saw itself is mounted to crossbars that clamp quickly and positively to the central rail by a variety of means. The crossbars have feet (some are rubber padded), which means the saw can easily be removed from the stand and used on any flat surface, so the saw does not have to be dedicated to just that stand.
  • The tabletop design features a deck to which the saw is bolted. This means that the saw is pretty much dedicated to the stand, requiring you to unbolt it for use elsewhere. These stands have a variety of leg designs, some taking several steps to unfold the legs, others simply popping up into place with a single movement. Extendable/adjustable work supports at each end of the table are standard.
  • Several stands, which provide features of both the sawhorse and table designs, form a third category, which I will call the extendable leg/rail design. These have the saw bolted to crossbars (also serving as feet and clamping to a main rail), allowing it to be easily removed from the stand, and feature legs that extend easily (some, again, in one move) as found on tabletop designs.
  • There are also several unique miter saw stands, which seem to be better suited to cutting extra long stock. These tend to have fewer of the features, options, and accessories available on the other stand configurations.

Miter Saw Stand Features And Options To Make Your Life Easier

Features – In addition to the design features common to a particular category, here are also a wide variety of other features available on miter saw stands, some unique, some just variations, but those variations can be important. These features can make all the difference in the in the effective use of your saw:

  • Wheels – Usually not found on the sawhorse designs, since their light weight and compact size allows you to carry them to the jobsite easily. Wheels are common on tabletop and extendable leg/rail designs, but they vary greatly in size, which makes a big difference, depending on whether you just need to move your saw around the shop, take it on a rough jobsite, or even up a flight of stairs. Pneumatic tires or hard rubber wheels are also a consideration.
  • Leg Extension Method – Is speed of setup important, or the amount of effort required to get the stand up on its legs (if, for example, you have a bad back). Quick release saw mounts could mean setting up a lighter stand and then attaching the saw. Some offer pneumatic assisted raising and lowering.
  • Weight/Durability/Stability – This could be a case of portability versus durability, but most modern miter saw stands are quite durable, so think stability instead, with the size of your miter saw being a consideration (a 10″ compound vs. a 12″ slider for example), as well as the lateral motion of the slider.
  • Extensions And Supports – Do you want support rollers or bars, and do you need a stop? If you plan on cutting long heavy stock, some sort of direct support under the work support extensions may be important.
  • Adjustable Leveling – If you set up on uneven surfaces, adjustable legs will provide a level work support.
  • Space – For the shop or truck bed, space can be an issue. If you plan on storing your saw on the stand, how much room do you need, will it fit through your bed cap door, and will it be stable when stored?
  • Optional Accessories – There are a great number of additional accessories available depending on the stand manufacturer: fences, extensions, stops, clamps, scales, work lights, and more. Keep in mind that many manufacturers design their accessories for their stands, so be sure your must-have accessory is available for your particular stand.

Depending on how particular you may be, how broad or narrow your projected use, or the importance a certain feature, option or accessory, your decision could be as simple as getting a miter saw and stand of the same brand. In any case, getting a comfortable, stable, convenient mounting platform for you miter saw will make your work safer, more accurate, and vastly more enjoyable than bending over a saw standing unsecured on the ground, using makeshift work supports, and hoping nothing shifts during the cut.

Constructing a Queen-Sized Bed with Woodworking Bed Plans

How good would it feel if you could use woodworking bed plans to create a sleeping masterpiece for any room in the house. Anybody who has ever been out to buy furniture will know that certain items cost a lot of money, especially large pieces that have been made skilfully from wood. Usually when you want a nice large, fashionable bed for one of your rooms, you have to pay top dollar.

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Woodworking plans are freeing people from the burden of expense in this matter and putting the tools to success firmly in their hands. By utilizing a good set of plans and using the appropriate tools you too can create a beautiful bespoke wooden bed.

To ensure the robustness of your new bed we would recommend using medium density fibreboards (MDF). Tool wise you will be using elementary equipment, but including a normal saw, jigsaw, tape measure and nail gun. This will allow you flexibility in your approach to building the bed especially if you want to cut fancy shapes or curved surfaces.

Add to the tools your material list which should include finishing nails, filler material, spackle for any cracks left over, wood glue and emery paper or sand paper for fine finishing the wood and removing imperfections.

Now the queen-sized bed measures eight by four feet, but the first thing you want to build is the headboard. This should be four feet in length and also made from MDF.

Next you should complete the outer parts of the bed, so create a footboard and sideboards also from MDF. Use the jigsaw to reproduce curved edges easily and sand down with the sand paper. Attach these pieces to the main frame using small screws and wood adhesive. Like previous projects we have talked about, be careful when using screws in thin pieces of wood, that you do not crack or splinter the wood. MDF is generally much softer than other types and should not split unless you use excessively large screws, of which there is no need.

Once the outer parts are completed and attached move on to the lower trims which should match the bed and measure eight feet in length. Attach these trims to the side panels and headboard.

To improve the sturdiness of your bed you need to add slats. For an eight foot queen-sized bed, twelve slats should do the trick. Make sure these are spaced at even intervals and then use the small screws to fasten them to the lower trims. Once secure you can fill any cracks or seals with the wood adhesive, spackle or filler materials you have bought.

As the slats take the majority of the load bearing weight, eg, the sleeping person, these must be secured and in perfect condition. If you see any cracks at any stage in this process, remove and replace. If screws used for fastening are not long, strong or suitable enough for purpose, find correct alternatives even if you have to go to a hardware shop for advice.

Remember that the bed is only as strong as its weakest part. Due to the interconnected nature of the structure, if any stage has been poorly made or improperly attached the whole bed could collapse as soon as you drop the duvet on it.

So the final word is professionalism. Choose the right plans, follow them to the letter, not necessarily the diagram and apply the principles you have learnt. Do not ‘make do’ or decide something ‘should’ hold. Always test with something before you get on the bed yourself. If you follow the woodworking bed plans as instructed you will do fine, create a majestic bed and save a lot of money.

Woodworking Bench Plans – For A Beautiful Garden Seat

If you have ever wandered around a garden centre you will most likely have seen bamboo covered furniture and maybe even asked yourself how it was created. Well, believe it or not, the actual process is not that difficult and lends itself perfectly to a first project for a newbie woodworker. If you follow a set of woodworking bench plans you will be up and away with your first project in no time at all.

The beauty of woodworking as a hobby is the basics which surround it. Once you master one type of project you will find that the skills you have learned building that first item are ultimately transferable over to the next project, giving you a firm grounding in the craft and allowing you to build upon this experience as you progress on to more demanding pieces.

Woodworking plans very often follow the same set of guidelines, so building a bench will not differ massively from building a bed, table or set of dining room chairs.

Once you have your woodwork plans in place or your online guide, you need to gather your materials list which incorporates the wood for the project, the sundries and the tools to use. For the bamboo bench you will need a quantity of bamboo flooring (as you will not be using the real bamboo wood), wood adhesive, large and small MDF sheets (medium density fibreboard) and some pine board for the bench, which handily is a useful material for first time woodworkers.

By now you should have an idea of your tools and sundries list as they will never change much for the simple projects right through to more demanding ones. A saw, hammer and screwdriver will be required, but you should start to think about investing in some power tools to save time and effort making your woodworked pieces. A nail gun, power screwdriver and electric mitre saw should be at the top of this list.

Now that you have everything to get started lets do just that. First of all you need to make a box which is what you will eventually cover to make the seat. Make sure that two sides are short and two long and make these from the MDF sheets.

The length you choose for the long sides will match the length of the bench seat. Next, attach using nails, two stringers for support connecting the long sides together making sure that they are spaced equal distances apart. In the corners you should nail small cut pieces of board to create square shapes and these should run at right angles to the stringers.

These newly formed squares should match the length x width measurements of your legs as this is where you will attach them. You will also need a central leg square for added support.

The next step is to create the legs by taking the same dimensions as we just used for the square leg holders. Use the MDF sheets to make the legs and simply attach them into the holders, keeping them in place with the wood adhesive.

The final step in your new build is to place the bamboo sheets on the bench to create the seat. Cut the pieces to fit and place these on the bench base after you have smeared a thin layer of the adhesive over the surface. This will hold the bamboo in place and you now have a completed bamboo bench.

The woodworking bench plans will not only have allowed you to build a new bamboo bench from scratch, they will have also increased your carpentry skills so that you can tackle even more woodworking projects in the future.

An Introduction To Woodworking Plans & Designs

Now that you have decided your new hobby will be woodworking, the next step is to choose the best possible plans to build out your wooden fantasies. If you get this stage right you will find that there is nothing more satisfying than creating something out of raw materials, using your own skills and hard work.

Let us not forget the added advantage of woodworking as well – that you have the potential to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that you would otherwise have spent buying these products from a store. All it will take is a good set of woodworking plans or designs, the correct tools for the project and you too could knock together a King sized bed for under $100. Sheets not included!

The beauty of working with wood is its inherent cost. Wood in itself is not
necessarily expensive, but when you buy a wooden piece of furniture you are
paying for the skill and craft that has gone into making it, as well as any
treatments applied post build. You cut out these first two steps when you make your own pieces by doing this yourself, saving you plenty of money.

If you choose the right woodworking designs, you will find that you can copy,
imitate and even better standard pieces of furniture already out there, maybe
even adapt your skills in the future and create bespoke items. One of the
reasons for this is that professional woodwork plans are created by actual
woodworkers themselves and they have designed these plans to enable even
novices to recreate the steps and projects laid down on the blueprints.

Any plans worth their salt should included two sub-lists. The first sub-list
should detail the amount and type of wood required to build out the plan. The
second sub-list should make you aware of which tools and extra you will require for the job. So this list should go into saws, hammers, planers etc as well as any adhesives.

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Using glue is something to get your head around, the chances are you will be
using glue on your projects. You might have been thinking that you would create  finely crafted interlocking wooden joints that hold together by the power of sheer will! But certainly in the beginning you will be using adhesives to cover
over small cracks and joints in the framework. The artistry of glue free joints
awaits you further down the line. That is not to say that you will always be
using glue, it will merely be an accompaniment to the nails, screws and hinges
which hold everything together.

On occasion it will be possible to gather three-dimensional plans for a
project. Now this is a good idea for getting a ‘feel’ for the design, but is
not something that should be followed religiously. What you should be doing is
following closely the text in the instructions so that you do not go wrong.
Images if not recreated accurately can be misleading, whereas text measurements should give a more accurate portrayal of the dimensions.

Before you purchase or download your woodworking plans, check for any updates or amendments, sometimes the author will improve on an old set of designs that could end up also saving you time and money.

Finally, if you do go down the digital route, be sure to print out these plans
on to paper format, you really need something you can scribble on and move
around without problem. The last thing you want to do is save hundreds of
dollars building a new wooden table and chairs set, but drop a hammer on your
flashy iPad, because you were following the woodworking plans on it!

Woodworking Plans Information – An Introduction to Woodworking

The popularity of woodworking has risen astronomically over the past few years with thousands of people now taking up the tools to build their own beautiful pieces of wooden furniture. People who have more advanced handicraft skills can even create their own bespoke items.

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The growing universal appeal of woodworking is creating a demand for woodworking plans which in turn means you will have plenty of options to choose from, but this also means you will need to know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. While anybody can pick up the saw and the plane, some people have more natural ability in the manual arts than others and as such, you will need to choose woodworking plans which will balance with your level of craftsmanship.

To start with you are going to need quality detailed woodworking plans, these can be from a variety of sources, but with everything now available on the internet and with video support also rising in popularity, it would seem the web
is a good place to start your quest.

When choosing the ideal woodworking plans you need to take a few things into consideration, the detail that the plans go into, whether or not diagrams are included which show you how to fit pieces of wood together to build your furniture, the type and style of the raw materials and how to source these and tools required for the project. More advanced plans may even publish 3-D diagrams or run through the whole building process via simple to follow videos.

If this is to be your first attempt at constructing something from wood, you will be best served with simple, reliable, detailed plans, ideally with a support network in place from the vendor, so that you can smooth out any splinters you may come across when you are building that table, chair, bed or set of shelves.

In keeping with a beginner’s mentality, you should choose a fairly small project to start with, to sharpen your skills and build your confidence. You do not want to attempt the Noah’s Ark of woodworking, because the chances are you will take on too much and the hobby will quickly lose its appeal if you are not enjoying it. Think small and simple, with the plan to build bigger in the future.

You should look upon your first woodworking project as a bit of fun, build something you do not really need in the comfort of your own garage or workshop, that way if it all goes wrong, your other half will not be screaming at you to finish the ‘new’ dining room table or spice rack. Grow it as a hobby, so that when you get good after a few successful woodworking projects, you can then move on and build items that will save you hundreds if not thousands of
dollars that you would have had to spend if you bought them in a store.

As you progress into your woodworking hobby/career, you will get a feel for the projects which suit you best and which you garner the most satisfaction from building. You will also hone the skills needed to finish that left on the shelf project that didn’t really work the first time round or you will have an understanding to dismantle it, write off the project and recycle that wood into your new project.

So you see, woodworking plans will help you plan your projects and save time, money and effort by placing you on the correct path from the beginning.