I recently bought a miter saw made by Rigid. Although it wasn’t the cheapest one (or the most expensive), I think the quality of the build was worth it. I’ve been very happy with it, as in addition to being well built, it includes a laser to help you align where the blade will cut. The only problem is that with this tool and a mill on my workbench, I had no room to actually work on any projects. Fortunately, I had saved the pallet than my mill came on – a Grizzly model # G0619, as it just seemed too useful to throw away. After $4 worth of 2 x 4s and some nails, I had some extra space for my saw.
There really wasn’t much to this. I cut four 2 x 4s to 34″ in length and nailed them to the already-existing supports on the bottom (the three horizontal pieces of wood below the plywood). I also put a nail through the plywood “table” vertically into the new 2 x 4s to try to keep it from rocking too much. This didn’t work too well, so I took one of the extra pieces and nailed it across the beams as shown to the right.
It seemed somewhat unstable without any other supports, so I put another support across the bottom on the two front legs. Even this seemed like it could be better so I put another support across the back legs and put a 1/2 inch piece of plywood across it making a nice shelf to keep tools or extra wood or whatever. (thanks Olly for the suggestion!)
I do find it interesting that I was using my miter saw to make a permanent place for itself. Kind of hints at “self-replication.”
As always, try anything you see here at your own risk! Saws are pretty dangerous so always use your best judgment and read the manual when using them.