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Miter Saw Station #1: Cabinet Construction

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 172 days ago 1391 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In Fine Woodworking magazine’s Winter 2014 Tool & Shops annual issue, Robert O’Brien shared his various shop work stations, including a chop saw station. As I studied it, I came to really like it, and decided to build one identical to it. It incorporates a shelf for the miter saw, flanked by a set of two base cabinets. There is a lot of work involved in this build and after a good start; I decided to post this as a blog series. If done timely, the first post would have shown cabinet construction. Since I am already past that, I will provide a brief description of how it played out.

I made four base cabinets from ¾” birch plywood. The boxes have two sides with a rabbet at the top and bottom to receive those elements and the back is set into a dado milled on all four pieces. Glue and screws hold everything together. The face frames are solid maple milled to about 2 inches wide and joined via glue and pocket screws. The face frames are attached to the carcasses (carcases if you prefer) with glue and biscuits. Each cabinet has an opening for a drawer and a door beneath it. Two cabinets were screwed to each other making the two sets.

Next, I built a base for each set of cabinets. I used pressure treated 2×6 and faced it with poplar. I leveled the cabinets with shims and screwed them into wall studs. The cabinets and the base received two coats of oil-based polyurethane. Here are a few photos. Next, the shelf and counter tops.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI



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SPalm

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#1 posted 172 days ago

Nice job Lenny.
I recently did a wall like this. Best thing about it is the amount of storage that you get.

You really seem to do a nice job with these.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 172 days ago

Lenny; That is looking awesome. Makes me want to redo my current set up.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 172 days ago

Lookin good from here ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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ellen35

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#4 posted 172 days ago

Great work, Lenny. This kind of cabinet makes the miter saw cuts so much easier.
I like your miter saw too ;-)
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Lenny

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#5 posted 172 days ago

Thanks everyone. Steve, the additional storage space is all part of a larger scheme. I’m looking forward to getting several items in a proper drawer or cabinet tray. Ellen, you wouldn’t have a biased perspective on the saw would you?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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grizzman

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#6 posted 172 days ago

you did a really nice job here lenny, your cabinet building skills are top notch and im glad to see this is a digital free project..:)..and as ellen has said, the saw is really nice too.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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NormG

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#7 posted 172 days ago

Looks great, I agree it makes using the saw so much easier

-- Norman

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Napaman

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#8 posted 172 days ago

really nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 172 days ago

Great build on a very useful project. The cabinets and face frames came out great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#10 posted 172 days ago

Nice Level surfaces….you probably used angle iron with tapped set screws to do the leveling…am I right?
I’ll be bringing over all my projects for my cuts now that you have that great station!!!!!

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 172 days ago

So how do you like that Bosch Glide?

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Lenny

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#12 posted 172 days ago

Thanks guys. Paul, how did you ever guess? runwithscissors, I haven’t used the saw a lot yet but it seems to be a dream miter saw. I threw in a 90-tooth Forrest blade and it cuts beautifully. The chopping and sliding actions are flawless and leave wonderfully smooth end grain. So far, no regrets…just smiles.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Roger

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#13 posted 172 days ago

Nice setup Lenny.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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moonls

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#14 posted 171 days ago

You’re off to a great start Lenny! You’ll have a lot of storage space as well as in feed & Out feed tables for your miter saw.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Lenny

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#15 posted 171 days ago

Thanks Lorna.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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