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My recent miter station build

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Blog entry by Eyedoc posted 11-17-2012 11:40 PM 2975 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just wanted to say hello and share a project I recently wrapped up that has been a great learning experience. About 2 years ago I moved into a new home and my wife agreed that the downstairs would be my workshop/display room. The rest of the house belonged to her :) Therefore, I set about to convert the area into the woodshop that I have wanted for awhile. I am a hobbiest and love the craft but it is a hobby and therefore has to be treated as such. The newest and greatest machines such as Festool are fantastic and, I admit, I drool over them weekly but, for what my projects consist of, its not financially feasible to start spending that sort of money. Perhaps someday if I stike it rich! Anyway, back to my miter station. Since space in most shops is limited I wanted a space that was usable but incorporated all areas without waste. The design I chose is not my idea and I must attribute that to Patrick Jaromin from Naperville, IL. Patrick appears to be a superb craftsman who runs a site called Tenon and Spline which I enjoy reading. (However, for the past few months there have been no updates. This, I suspect , is because he has at least 4 growing children and time is likely limited) Anyway, I actually designed my shop after his which always appears organized yet usable. His shop is larger than mine but I’ve tried to incorporate all the necessary aspects. His most notable in my opinion was a bank of drawers and countertop that also acts as his miter station. Although there were no exact dimensions I worked out a drawing using sketch up for my space. What I came up with was an area that gave me 14 large sturdy drawers and a cabinet with a sliding keyboard drawer. In addition, like his, my jointer is able to slide underneath the cabinetry on a design he had made available from another fellow lumberjock. The cabinet will hold a computer for downloading projects on line. The drawers were constructed from scratch using 3/4 birch ply sides and 1/2” bottoms. I didn’t want to spend too much time with dovetailing since this is for my shop so I went with the Kreg system which I happen to love and has actually revolutionized my projects. (I actually can’t remember the last time I took out my buscuit joiner) Anyway, I thought I’d upload a few pics of the project and hope to post more of both the shop in progress and other projects coming.



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tedtodd

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 01:29 AM

Great job looks like you done everything perfect full extention drawer slides. The question is for me what did you do with the table saw it looks like it is on some kind of slides

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Eyedoc

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 01:53 AM

If you’re referring to the miter saw it’s on a “floating” adjustable table I made. Allows for precise adjustment to line up with the tables. The jointer is on a self made roller slide. Works great with just one finger to pull it out or push it in. Has locking wheels. I love this rigid jointer. I actually got rid of my grizzly in favor of this after using it. I only paid $100 on craigslist.

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 05:36 AM

Great addition!! Keeping it organized….........................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 05:30 PM

A real beauty! I’m Jealous.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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