Workshop Development #93: Miter saw dust hood plumbing installed, workbench mods, and a new tool!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-02-2014 12:50 AM 1929 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 92: SCMS Dust hood completed and installed. Part 93 of Workshop Development series Part 94: Rolling clamp cart mostly done, except for the rolling part. »

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Quick summary though. The ducting for the miter saw dust hood is done, tied into the original system. With that part of the bench done,

I have started moving hand held power tools off of the workbench, and no to the miter saw bench cubby. I spent some time reorganizing some items, and finally am able to at least give you a peek at the plywood scrap shelf on the base of the main workbench. It’s not fancy, it is literally made up of scraps I sources out of the cutoff bin, but it really solidifies the bench, and provides the storage I so desperately need!

And lastly, Harbor Freight strikes again, and this time it is a home run with the variable speed oscillating multifunction tool. Not a fine woodworking tool, not something I will use a lot, but it is helping me do a job I was not having any luck getting done!

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 01:29 AM

Wow, lot of work, looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 01:52 AM

You’re coming down the home stretch. I believe you’ll make it just in time to start the Spring yard work.
The effort you’ve put into your shop has to be very rewarding.

Thanks for sharing your journey and I’m gonna hang out and watch you finish up.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

EDIT: I bet that saw dust won’t stick around long enough to realize the your vertical lift isn’t plumb. ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 02:24 AM

LOL… I bet not! I tested it already cleaning up the dust made doing the plumbing work, and it works quite admirably…

I am at the point now I need to finish with the miter saw bench drawers, get them populated, and get the non powered wall insulated, but the shop, while not fully done, is quite functional at this time! I will be celebrating with a cold one tomorrow.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 06:35 PM

Think you will ever be done? :-) I have some HF tools to serve that same purpose. Some excellent, others well when I have the money. LOL!

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 09:53 PM

One hell-of-a-blog. Lotsa nice pipe work for your dust collection also.

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 04:00 PM

You are coming along nicely. In particular, the work you have put into the ducting should pay off. If I ever get totally settled as to where everything is going to be, I think I will substitute hard stuff for the flexible stuff. When I first put in my system it had to cross a lot of places where things were stored, and the flexible stuff allowed more gerrymandering of the course. Actually, my air flow is acceptable even the way it is, so I haven’t been in a hurry to change things. But I like your use of off the shelf pipe.

As I work in the shop there are a few things I have noticed. Some power tools are best placed on a shelf, and kept plugged in because they are used so frequently. Since my work flow revolves largely around my multi-purpose bench, that is where I keep things.

My oscillating tool doubles as a detail sander, so it actually stays out and plugged in. It is temporarily on a shelf on my old built in bench that was here when I bought the house. It is plugged into the multipurpose bench, though, since it is immediately adjacent.

My goto sander, the PC 394 low profile random orbital sander stays plugged in and on a shelf in the multipurpose bench, along side my custom wooden box of nails for the nailers.

My pin, brad, and finishing nailers are all plugged into air and on shelves in the multipurpose bench as is a blower nozzle. The compressor is housed in the multipurpose bench and ready to go. I just put together an bunch of fittings so they could all stay plugged in.

My impact drivers and screwdrivers are out by their charger, and ready for use.

I put some near junk plywood shelves into my old workbench, and into the built in bench years ago, just like you have. It is quick, cheap, and easy to do…........a no brainer.

This particular arrangement works for me because I have a dedicated work area, the multipurpose bench, that is out in the open, electrified, with compressed air, attached to the DC, and the top doubles as a downdraft table. I would love to have a duplicate of that bench in La Conner, but it is never going to happen, due to space requirements there, and the amount of work that went into that bench. It was worth it, but I will never do it again in this life time…......

I will have to revisit that bench in a blog at some time, because it has mutated slightly over time and is a unique piece of gear…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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