Miter - RAS - Drum - Wall #1: The rough in.....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 02-23-2012 03:52 AM 10062 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Traded with my brother for his radial arm saw, which just happens to closely match my drum sander (RAS) and I have wanted to find a home for the miter saw that is actually functional – so I decided to roll them into one wall.

The trick here is my drum sander operates with a sliding table, so needed to incorporate that without limiting the other two saws. The finished product should allow cross-cutting 10’ or 11’ foot stock without much hassle…...(I think).

The project is still in the works….The top is not fastened and the fence, dust collection and storage are still in the works….

The base(s) start with REALLY rough red oak, I mean rough…..

After a wee bit of planing:

Decided to start with a dedicated base for each tool and build out from there:

Next – some mock-up of the bench tops – Maple bowling lane + Jatoba stripes (look familar?):

Glued up the bench tops using the new clamping frames (here)

Gluing two lams together here:

First mock up:

My brother came up with the idea of mounting the table irons for the RAS on the outside of the base for easy(er) adjustment…...I like the idea…..

For the drum sander – used oak rails to hold the 80/20 extruded aluminum rails for the sliding table:

Built some free floating shelves out of oak:

Here is a shot with the sliding table on the outboard side of the drum:

And a parting shot:

More to come…......thanks for looking!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 06:19 AM

Whenever you can have multiple machines the same height & utilizing the same table, “Go For IT”.

Looks like I will enjoy watching your build. Keep posting!! PLEASE!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 12:12 PM

very kool. gr8 layout

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 12:31 PM

It really looks like a great system.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 12:32 PM

Nice setup, the top came out great

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 01:13 PM

Man, I need to have you stop over some week and help me out. This is great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 08:30 PM

Jeff I dare say I bet your shop counter tops look better than your kitchen. JK
Very nice lay out. Keep us informed. I do like that jataba racing stripe.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 12:58 AM

Hey Randy – I’ll try to keep posting…..hopefully I will actually finish this one… bench project never quite gets finished…..I’m easily distracted…..:)

Roger – great comment from a guy with an impeccable shop – this thing here is rustic – which is kind of the plan, rustic base with a nice top…...hopefully….

Tim and Martin – Appreciate the comments….....

Steve – If I’m ever out east, I would love to stop over, but only to learn from the master…..:) You have no need of my “no planning ahead” skills…....

SuperDave – you are correct – the kitchen counters are really tired looking….I’ve been kicking around the idea of updating the kitchen cupboards, not sure what to do with the counters…...considered wood counters but would be a bunch to maintain…..and i don’t spend much time in the kitchen…....

Appreciate all the comments!!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 02-24-2012 04:49 AM

Well, that is becoming a stripped shop. You´ll need to include also some stars somewhere to match the stripes.

You have a never ending supply of maple & jatoba, don´t you? Great set up there.

I envy your capabilities of working and simultaneously blogging.

I´´ll get my camera to shoot some latest projects.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 02-24-2012 12:46 PM

Hello Fernando – good idea on the stars – I’ll work on that! The jatoba supply is not endless, starting to run low, but still have access to more bowling alley wood :). Bought a whole bunch of it for $45 at auction…...It’s alot of work to pull the nails and re-glue so you have to factor some time into that cost…....

Can’t wait to see your projects – you haven’t posted for awhile so you are either building something big or spending too much time sailing….....which is it?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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