Folding, Rolling Chop-Saw Stand
Added construction drawings & material lists below per numerous requests from readers.
This post was featured by Kreg on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kregjig) which led to 30+ shares across the world — even some in Russian & Spanish — and more traffic than this blog has ever seen.
There were lots of great comments and lots and lots of folks asking for shop drawings. I’m going to work on some, but don’t have anything to put up immediately as I just built this as I went.
I posted this project and a link to the blog at the BT3central’s finished project forum (http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=58769). Some interesting Q&A and discussion there. The folks on BT3central.com are always such a great resource!
I don’t have a lot of room in my garage for tools — certainly not enough space for a full-length chop saw setup. Accordingly, I built this rolling solution which has folding wings. It doesn’t take up a lot of space when its not in use, but if I fold out the wings, I have about 3′ of fence on each side of the saw. I also mounted the fence on t-tracks using a slot. This way, if I get a different saw, I can adjust the fence to match and I can slide the fences extra wide if I need additional length.
I mounted the saw on a plywood tool bed which is on adjustable bolts. This way, I can adjust the height of the saw to be exactly level with the wings (even if I get a different saw).
I built the fence using the Kreg KMS8000 Precision Trak and Stops Kit (amazon). The stops which come with the kit are extremely stout. Even after crashing multiple pieces of heavy wood into the stops, they don’t move. The measuring tapes are accurate to at least 1/64th once you’ve dialed them in with the adjustable vernier windows.
Front View of Folding, Rolling Chop Saw Stand with Bosch 12″ Miter Saw mounted on top
Front Right View of Folding, Rolling Chop Saw Stand
Front Right View of Folding, Rolling Chop Saw Stand with Wings Folded
Rear Detail View showing the fold-in Wing Support in Raised Position
Rear Detail View showing the fold-in Wing Support in Lowered, Folded Position
Detail of Fence Assembly on Folding Wing
Detail View of Tool Bed Height Adjustment Screws
These bolts allow the height of the chopsaw tool bed to be adjusted level with the wings
Detail View of Folding Wing Height Adjustment Screw
These bolts allow the height of the wings to be adjusted level
Wood Cutting Layout Diagrams
(1) 8’ long piece of 1×6 or 1×8 hardwood is required
(2) 4’x8′ pieces of 3/4″ plywood is required
Step 1: Build the Case
Illustrated Isometric View of Case
Illustrated Front View of Case
The top, bottom & back are set into ¼” deep x ¾” wide dados for strength. Here is a view of the left side’s dados:
Here’s a detail view of the mounting of the tool platform.
Step 2: Build the Wings
Illustrated Isometric View of Wing from Underneath
I built my wings using wood covered in laminate. However, regular plywood is fine too.
I used a Kreg pockethole jig to mount the trim to the underside of the wing.
Wait to mount the routed block which catches the adjustment bolt until the end of the build.
Step 3: Build & Mount the Wing Riser
Illustrated Front View of Wing Riser
Illustrated Isometric View of Wing Riser Mounted on Case
Step 4: Build the Hinged Wing Support
Illustrated Isometric View of Hinged Wing Support
Step 5: Build the Fence
The fence is simply 2 pieces of wood joined with a glued & screwed butt joint. I mounted my fence using a wooden slot with adjustable knobs which slide in T-track. This lets me adjust it if I get a different saw and it lets me adjust the width of the fence. I can slide the fences away from the saw if I need to cut something extra long.
I installed a Kreg KMS8000 Precision Trak and Stops Kit on my fence which provides exceptional accuracy.