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Blog entry by John's Woodshop posted 12-01-2009 07:50 PM 8048 reads 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey All,

I use to have my woodshop in the basement of our home but that didn’t work out too well after I finshed the Family room. I have since taken over the 22’x22’ Garage and that is home for the shop. I have been working on getting it organized. I am currently working on my Miter Saw / Storage Bench based loosely on the one that Norm Built on the NYW. I am using Birch Ply from Home Depot ($23.00 a sheet) for the case and the drawer fronts. And 1/2” birch ply for the drawer boxes and bottoms. The top is 2×4’s on the flat and I used pocket screws instead of half laps and they work Great! Sheeted with 3/4” CDX ply and then topped with 1/4” hardboard. It will be trimmed out with maple. This is what I have got done so far….

Cases

Top Frame

Top Sheeted

Some Drawers Done

I will finish it up once I get back from a trip I have to make. I can hardly wait to get this done. I really need the storage! This is the first time I have ever tried to build shop cabinets and I am learning a lot. I made a ton of mistakes already, but I guess that is how we learn. Working on a garage floor is fun trying to get everything to line up and get it plum and square. One of the lessons that i learned on this projects (and there have been many lessons learned) is to pay attention and not get in a hurry. I got in a hurry and lost my focus and missed my grain match on my draw fronts by about three inches :( No harm done, lesson learned.

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"



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#1 posted 12-01-2009 08:05 PM

Looks like you have made some nice progress. I liked the project the Norm did so much I bought the plans and dvd. The one thing that I didnt like was to have the miter saw on top of the bench. I would have rather seen it lowered so the saw table was flush with the bench surface. I think it makes the bench more user friendly for other uses. I am planning on rebuilding mine shop in the near future and will be using the plans and tweaking them slightly for me. Good job and good luck with the rest of the build

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 08:21 PM

Thanks MedicKen!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 08:48 PM

John looks really good, you’ll definitely have some serious storage room. The big opening under the window to roll a machine under for storage?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 09:00 PM

John, this looks like you have a good start on the bench. sIKE and I both have built this bench. One thing I would recommend, as sIKE did with his, is that if you are going to run dust collection now would be the time to run it behind the bench. You can see it in sIKE’s version. This is one thing, looking back, I wish I had done. I also find that the cutoff storage area does not get used in my shop. I simply fill up the cutoff storage cart and then have to find someplace else to store my offcuts. This space probably would be better served by incorporating drawer storage, in my case at least.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 10:12 PM

Wait a second… I thought the curtains were supposed to go along with that beautiful BT3000 setup you had.

If your or your LOYL are good with a sewing machine, try a Mossy Oak pattern for the curtains… :-)...

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 10:20 PM

Curt,

Yes, I left that space open thinking I would put my Compressor there, but the plan has changed. I am going to put two shop vacs under there. One will be for the miter saw, and the other will be for the ROS. At least that is the plan right now.

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 10:24 PM

Scott,

Thanks for that heads up! I will give that some thought before I proceed any further.

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 10:26 PM

dbhost,

YEP, I am going to keep those :) They give the place a bit of civility :)

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 11:10 PM

Since I haven’t done this yet, I am assuming your garage floor is like mine, where it slopes just a hair toward the door to facilitate drainage if the garage gets water in it… How did you deal with that slope? I would imagine cutting a taper along the bottom to deal with that would be almost unworkable… Am I safe in assuming you cut / installed shims of some sort?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 12-01-2009 11:42 PM

I cut all the cabinet parts the same. Snapped a level line, and then shimmed all the cabinets. It was truly a pain in the neck! The shims were glued to the bottom of the cabinets and then trimmed flush.

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#11 posted 12-01-2009 11:45 PM

Excellent, I just received Norms plans myself, along with the video, are you going to cut out a hole under the chop saw like he did for dust collection? Let us know how you like his setup.

-- Davo in Texas

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#12 posted 12-01-2009 11:50 PM

Davo,

Yes, I will be cutting a hole for dust collection for the miter saw. Just with the few “drahs” that I have completed, I know that I am really going to like this set up. I will finally be able to have everything organized and in one place.

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#13 posted 12-10-2009 10:39 PM

It’s looking really good! Any progress?

-- I am always trying to find that straight edge

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 02:32 AM

Here’s what we got done today: 12 Drahs :) I’ll face em tomorrow and put the hardware on.

They are from the bottom to the top: 10”, 7 1/2”, 6 1/4”, 4”

I also put my rubber shop mat in. It sure is nice on the dogs :biggrin:

Miter Saw Bench Drawers

The 1/2” CDX ply on the floor is what I used for the Drawer Bottoms. $8.00 a sheet verses $34.00 seemed like a no brainer.

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#15 posted 12-23-2009 03:32 AM

And here shes is today:

Miter Saw Bench

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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