How to put wheels on your mitre saw

Mitre cart. Illustration by George Retseck
Date:21 May 2012 Tags:, ,

Randy Dean runs a tight workshop in his home in Ignace, a town of 1 700 people – many of them loggers – in Ontario, Canada. Dean’s work space is well outfitted for everything from welding to woodworking. He has always owned a mitre saw, but something about it bugged him. It just sat there. Putting the saw on wheels would improve its utility – almost anything is better on wheels – and it would be easy to do. Dean started with an old braai cart and ended up with a rolling mitre saw. Now, that’s a mobile device.

Strip off the braai body, its plumbing, and the control panel. Rip and crosscut 12-mm and 15-mm plywood panels to make a base and extension wings to ‡flank the saw.

The top of the saw’s table should be ‡flush with the extension wings, so you’ll need to cut wood blocks to position under the saw to raise it up. Cut the blocks to size, place them beneath the saw, mark and drill the mounting holes in the blocks,
and bolt the saw through the table to the cart. You may also need to cut a rebate in the wings to let them fit neatly over
any projections in the saw body.

Next, attach the wings to the cart’s sheet-metal tubing using 40-mm wood screws. If your cart is equipped with a slatted
shelf on the front, you might opt to keep it. Dean screwed a piece of plywood over the slats to provide an additional work surface.

Illustration by George Retseck

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