|Project by BRef||posted 05-16-2016 11:51 PM||3437 views||14 times favorited||17 comments|
I was wanting to build a miter saw workstation for some time. Jay’s miter saw workstation build inspired me as I used his ideas (I wanted a lot of drawers) and changed things up a bit to put my personal touches on it.
While I was looking on the internet for ideas I would show my wife different photos and she said one day, “why do they all look the same?” I asked her what she meant?, they all shared a few things but they didn’t look the same. She said “they are all the same color so they look alike, it’s all just wood; people need to spice it up” That got me thinking and soon after that I saw Jay’s miter station build and I was off.
I hate to admit it but the wife was right, so I decided to add some color and flair to my workshop. I decided on a sports team theme color. My choices were my favorite college team the West Virginia Mountaineers (Gold and Blue) and my favorite pro team the Steelers (Gold and Black). After the Mountaineers laid an egg in the NCAA Basketball Tournament I decided on the Steelers. So Gold and Black it was.
I used 3/4 inch pine plywood for the build as I knew the paint would cover up imperfections. I bought the plywood at a small local lumber store and it was the best plywood I have used for some time. I trimmed everything (the black pieces) with cherry. I wanted a harder wood and have plenty to spare. The workstation is 16 ft long.
The painting stretched this job much longer than I initially planned. I used Rustoleum Gloss Black enamel, and Glidden Porch and Floor Gloss Poly Enamel. I find the Poly enamel works great on wood that will be used and abused. Once it dries it has a rock hard finish. After a two week wait for the paint to set I followed up with a coat of Johnsons wax.
The number of drawers is 27. I also made my own pulls (I used Jay’s router lift plans that I purchased and it worked well for this)
I have my Rigid Sander, Miter Saw, Kreg Foreman and Radial arm saw using the same bench and fence. I have the Foreman on it’s own drawer pulls so I can pull it out for large items.
I made several drawers in the box under the RAS. The notable drawer here is the top right. I find I needed a drawer to put my owners manuals and paperwork so I made it into a hanging file drawer.
Another thing I think I am going to like after I finish populating it is storage for jigs for my table saw and other equipment. I used a drawer pull between drawer boxes and will use hooks to hang the jigs from. I can pull out the drawer for easy access to them.
After I am all said and done I must say if I never build another drawer again it will be too soon. I plan to also add a stop block and I still have to decide on how to finish the left corner of the workstation.
I give Jay Bates at jayscustomcreations.com 100% credit for the idea and inspiration.