A few weeks ago I got an email from a woodworker who saw my miter saw workbench (aka chop saw station) on my website. He asked if I could supply the drawings I used to build it. I explained that I didn’t use a drawing, but rather built it from mental drawings, but said I would reconstruct a model in SketchUp for his use. That gave me the idea for this blog article – if one person was interested, maybe others would be.

Chop Saw StationWhen I moved into my current home with attached workshop, all I had was a contractor’s table saw, a miter saw, hand tools and routers. No benches, not even an extension on the table saw. My shop is two stories, 30 feet by 30 feet. So my workbench was my shop floor. I had an idea in my mind for my first bench, a miter saw bench. I bought some plywood and set to work. If you have ever built something this large, without a workbench – not even saw horses – then you know what a physical and crafting challenge it is. I made a few mistakes, largely due to the working environment, but I ended up with a very workable miter saw bench pictured at left. The overall dimensions are 97 1/2” long, 25 1/2” deep and 36 1/16” high. If you plan to build this for your shop and have a sliding miter saw, be sure to leave enough room behind it for the slide.

SketchUp Model Of Miter Saw Bench - ISO View At the end of this post I will supply a link to the SketchUp model (see right) and Cut List (CutList Plus file, CSV File & Excel File)which you can download and modify for your needs. The recessed area of the top was designed to work with a DeWalt Model DW708 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw. If you have a different brand or model you will want to customize this area, including the depth of the recessed area. In this particular configuration I left the recessed depth just slightly deeper than the height of the saw and used washers to raise the saw to the exact height. The shape of the recess was designed to allow full swing of the miter arm both left and right. This will also be unique to the brand and model.

Chop Saw Station Pull Out Shelves The drawers on the right and left are graduated and the bottom drawers are designed for file folders. I keep all my power and hand tool manuals in a file drawer for easy and organized access. The tall doors on either side open to expose adjustable shelves. The middle short doors pull out to expose shelves that may be accessed from either side as shown at left. The middle shelf is adjustable. Note that the pull out extends all the way out. The bottom slides are Accuride, model 9301. You can get them from most woodworking supply catalogs.

Chop Saw Station Fence & Adjustable Stop I added a homemade fence with built-in tape measures and moveable stop for accurate cut settings. However, the fence and tape measure do not support pieces shorter than one foot. For that reason I keep an accurately cut “One Foot Stick” which I stick between the stop and the piece I am cutting, and set the fence for one foot longer than the desired cut. This works really well. If I had it to do over I would buy a commercial metal fence with T-tracks. Mine is made with two pieces of 3/4” plywood and trimmed in oak. I have noticed some warping over the years even though the fences are screwed tightly to the top. The top is finished with Formica and trimmed in oak. This makes for easy cleaning and a hard durable surface.

Chop Saw Station Sliders The pull out shelves are supported by two slides on the bottom and one on the top. The top slide is a normal heavy duty drawer slide laid on its side to keep the push/pull travel stable and centered. The bottom slides are heavy duty pantry pull out slides. See the close-up at left. The adjustable shelf is supported by vertical holes spaced 1” apart, two rows on each of the front and back.

I used birch banding on all exposed edges of the plywood. This is an easy process and dresses up the plywood quite nicely.

I should say a few words about the SketchUp model and the joinery. The model does not show joinery such as pocket hole screws and biscuits. I leave it to the woodworker to decide which type of joinery he/she prefers. I also have not included all the cleats, brackets, braces etc., though some are shown. Again, the woodworker can decide how much reinforcement is necessary. The model is largely dimensioned, though not completely. Most of the dimensions that are missing are obvious ones, e.g. 3/4” thickness of the primary plywood. I assume that anyone using the SketchUp model knows how to use SketchUp and can fill in the details. If you are not a SketchUp user but would like to learn, see my Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorials on my Google SketchUp Page.

Lastly, I offer this model and cut list free. I accept no responsibility for its completeness or correctness. Travel at your own risk and check carefully all documents. My lawyer made me say this. Have fun with this, and if you make significant modifications I would appreciate an Email with the SketchUp file attached and pictures.

Downloadable Files:

Miter Saw Bench SketchUp Model

CutList Plus File

Cut List CSV File

Cut List Excel File

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11 Responses to “A Stationary Miter Saw Bench For Your Workshop”


  1. Gary Mastolier says:

    Wow, Joe. How do you make time to do such a detailed drawing with all the cut lists, etc.

    One question: Why do you do your drawings in Parallel Projection instead of Prospective? I do all of mine in the latter. Am I missing something?

    I have learned from you how to take advantage of layers and scenes. Previous to seeing your drawings I was not using layers in my scenes and ended up with several copies of various parts all over the page.

    Gary


  2. Virgil Mullins says:

    I cannot open the Cutlist Plus file.


  3. Joe says:

    Hi Gary,

    Time? Easy. This is what I enjoy and I have lots of time since I retired. My shop, woodworking, photography and SketchUp are my primary hobbies. Flying and motorcycling were once my major hobbies, but I am too old for that now.

    Only two people have asked me this second question and both in the last week. Whether to draw in perspective or parallel projection, in my opinion, is a personal choice. Some people believe there is only one correct way to draw. Not me. But that said, parallel projection has many advantages that I believe outweigh the one flaw that it doesn’t represent the drawing as the eye sees it.

    For example, in parallel projection equal length lines are always equal length in the rendering. Parallel lines are always parallel. When you print a scaled drawing you can make measurements on the working drawing, not so perspective.

    I find that parallel projection is less confusing and most helpful while drawing and if you wish to view things in perspective view it is a simple matter of a mouse click to switch between them. I am so use to parallel projection for drawing that I never switch to perspective for viewing, but maybe I should for the readers.

    I may also write a post on this topic too because I am not doing a good job in pointing out the strengths of parallel projection in this response. Stay tuned.

    Joe….


  4. Joe says:

    Virgil,

    What version of CutList Plus do you have? Mine is version 2009.5.5.

    If yours is older I may be able to sae it in an older version.

    Joe…..


  5. miter saw reivews, best miter saw says:

    F*ckin? amazing things here. I?m very glad to see your article. Thank you a lot and i’m looking ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?


  6. Ronald Mabe says:

    Thank you for your design for the miter saw bench.


  7. Joe says:

    Hi Ron,

    You are welcome.

    Joe…


  8. danny dixon says:

    I saw your miter saw bench and i really like it but i couldnt get the plans or cut list or any of the files to come up could you please e-mail those to me please thank you very much


  9. Joe says:

    Hi Danny,

    I sent them via email.

    Joe….


  10. Steve Willer says:

    Please send me stationary miter box stand plans please as they won’t download for me thnx.


  11. Joe says:

    Hi Steve,

    I assume you want the SketchUp model, is that correct? I will send it via email. BTW, I was able to download everything so I don’t know what the problem is. But I will get it to you via email.

    Joe…..