When I built the shed, I knew that I would have to build something to put my miter saw on so that I could easily pull it out of the shed (it's 80lbs... I'm sorry, but I just can't deal with that). I googled "miter saw table," and some seriously awesome options came up (try it for yourself! After you finish reading this, of course!), and I think I threw every. single. option. at Ana White, asking her to help a girl out (have I told you guys how annoying I can be when I'm indecisive? It's probably not something you want to experience first-hand). Then Ana responded with this perfectly simple cart... and I was astonished. Of course, right?! Because she always knows the easiest way to do something, and still have it be perfect!
And the plan she came up with resulted in this
Did the heavens part, and did you get a beaming face? Because this is perfect.
If you have a miter saw, you KNOW how hard it is to cut a short piece off of a long board. This table holds the boards at the height of your miter saw base, so that you can cut whatever length you want without having to squeeze the board down, make sure it stays flush to the fence and at the right measurement. You know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you?!
But I do want to mention that this build wasn't all grins and giggles.
I used 2x2s for cleats, and then used the type of caster wheel that you screw into the board (not the one with the plate that you screw through), and that really affected the integrity of the cleat. Mr. Goats helped me put my saw onto the table, and the board snapped (breaking the brake on the caster wheel!). The cleat on the other side got a pretty hefty crack in it, too. SO! If you want to build this, beef up your support if you want to use the screw-in casters. I'm sure it'd be fine if you use the ones with the plates...
Now... I want to talk about glue... I've been using the red Titebond glue since my second-ever woodworking project. LOVED the stuff. I ran out the other day, and decided to use Gorilla Wood Glue for whatever reason. Now, I've successfully taken glued boards apart before using either a chisel or screw driver + rubber mallet... but it was almost impossible to get the wood apart when I used Gorilla glue! The board split before the glued joint came apart. So I am now a convert!
I'm also loving the hinges used for the drop-leaves on this table! I used the ones called for in the plans, and they make putting the table away really simple, and are super-duper sturdy!
Here, it's tucked nicely in my "shop" with plenty of room to spare.
Here it is pulled out, nicely holding my drill, bits, circular saw and scraps (the caddy next to it is my Ayana Caddy - plans from Ry at The Design Confidential - and it holds my nails, screws, sanding discs, face mask, and tons of tools I use frequently - that thing's gotten around!).
I can use it as an assembly table!
And, in case you were wondering, the hinges'll hold... a LOT.
They even hold a Gina (awkward!).
With this, I'm almost completely moved into my new workspace! There are going to be some more storage options (utilizing door space!) and I'll have to rig up some lighting and a few outlets! Are we excited?! (uh, YEAH!)
Make sure you check out the plans on Ana's site here!