Dresser Turned Miter Saw Stand

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As a frequent DIYer I use and abuse my miter saw. It takes up a big chunk of my garage work bench and delivers a constant snow of sawdust all over the area. I discovered a better way! Read along for all the details on how this dresser turned miter saw stand!

HOW The Dresser Turned Miter Saw Stand

First, I had my husband help me flip this baby upside-down to add 3″ casters. I wanted to be able to roll this dresser towards the front of the garage for better sawdust ventilation. My husband joked that it was going to go flying down the driveway into a neighbors car so I made sure the wheels were able to lock.

Here, you can see WHY a miter saw stand is necessary. When cutting a large piece of wood, it doesn’t sit level on the saw’s surface. Typically I have to stack scraps under one end. The solution is to build up the surface of the dresser to create a level work top. I measured the height of my Ryobi sliding miter saw and subtracted the 1/2′ MDF I planned on using for my new surface. This gave me a measurement of 3″ and 1/8 to cut my supports.

After cutting some scrap 2x4s at 3″ and 1/8, I screwed them onto the top of the dresser. Then, I set my 1/2″ MDF on top, glued, and screwed down into the supports. Now I had a level work surface with my saw! You can see in the above images how my saw sits on the original dresser top. I decided to box it all in, knowing that leaving it open would just collect dust. I was in luck that a 1×5 board fit perfectly so I nailed that around the outsides. Then, ripped the same board down for the shorter/inside pieces that sit next to my saw.

Finally, I painted the dresser “Waterscape” by Sherwin Williams with my paint sprayer and added some fun little accessories! The pencil holders are PVC pipe that I sprayed gold. The sheets of paper are my project planning printables (FREE for blog subscribers). I have also linked my favorite safety glasses and dresser knobs. This dresser turned miter saw stand has been so convenient and I love using something “pretty” to create more pretty things!

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  • Ramona Ramona on Oct 06, 2021

    Can u tell us how you did that sunburst???? It’s awesome!!!

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  • Vickie Vickie on Oct 08, 2022

    Absolutely wonderful! Great idea

  • Leslie Leslie on Oct 12, 2022

    Hi Kelsey, This is the best idea I have seen so far for this kind of project. I am wondering If you will be using part of the inside of the dresser to make a catch all for the sawdust. I have seen different ways of doing this but thinking that taking two of the bottom drawers out to make a doorway to slide in a sawdust bin might work or if you just vacuum up the dust after use? I was thinking to save space you could rig up some kind of curtain that attaches to the back of the built up side boxes and dumps the dust into a bag or if you decide to use part of the inside of the dresser, a closed bin. With the cost of wood and storage , I think this is the perfect solution to make workbenches and tool storage bins. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. ♥️👍️