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Jay Bates Inspired Miter Saw Workstation

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Project by BRef posted 05-16-2016 11:51 PM 2733 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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at anchor in Orlando

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#1 posted 05-17-2016 12:20 AM

I sketched up my miter saw station today, but shelved it for the day so I could work with a grandson school project. Mine will be 6’ long and have storage in the pillar cabinets for a benchtop drill press and a mortising machine. I’ll put the two tools on slidout shelves. The center area under the miter will have room for my benchtop planer and I’ll put that on a low rolling cart.
yours looks good, but I’ll stick to the boring birch ply with a clear finish to match the rest of the garshop.

-- Jack "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (Helmuth von Moltke the Elder)... In my case, the enemy is often my lumber rack

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-17-2016 01:35 AM

Very nice and great use of space!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodchuckerNJ

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 02:22 AM

Looks like a yellow jacket..
Man that’s a lot of yellow and black ..

Looks usable, I certainly would want something easier on the eyes.
The space looks like you crammed a lot of storage in there.
I hope you have space to put your cutoffs around the saw. Load, cut , offload to waiting area, or use carts..

-- Jeff NJ

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pottz

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 03:25 AM

man you did a killer job on this putting a lot in the space you have.and the color is great jazz up the shop a lttle i say,my wife and i art afraid of using color.i wish i had the space for a chop saw station like yours im still trying to squeeze one in somewhere.great job,love it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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bushmaster

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#5 posted 05-17-2016 04:59 AM

Wow, thats more than a station, its a its, well I don’t really know but impressive

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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sepeck

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 02:39 PM



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.

- BRef

Add color.. just because it’s wood doesn’t mean it can’t have color. That’s such a Steve Ramsey thing. :)
It’s also why my recent shop cabinets project is red and white. I figured a bit of color on construction grade timber can help wake things up in the shop. It’s not like pine 2×4 is picked for grain pattern. Nice cabinets.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 05-17-2016 04:46 PM

That is a fine workstation and organizational piece. It has a lot of great storage room in it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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gargey

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#8 posted 05-17-2016 05:38 PM

Ugh, Steelers fans…

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RCHarvey

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#9 posted 05-17-2016 05:53 PM

What a great project.

What is the device to the left of the belt sander?
How high is the primary surface? (36”? 41”?)
Dust collection, can we see some picutures from behind the saws?
What did you do about repetitive cuts? I don’t see a tape or stop block system. Is that in your future plans.
I love what you’ve done. I’m getting ready to build my own version, and soaking up ideas.

-- - many trees died so that I may create the perfect breadboard. Someday. Probably not soon.

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ravensrock

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#10 posted 05-17-2016 08:09 PM

Looks like you’ve built yourself a very useful work space. If you had to paint it football colors though I think it would have looked better in purple and gold…just sayin’...

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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majuvla

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#11 posted 05-18-2016 12:15 PM

’’ Beautiful monster ’’

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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BRef

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#12 posted 05-19-2016 10:33 AM



What a great project.

What is the device to the left of the belt sander?
How high is the primary surface? (36”? 41”?)
What did you do about repetitive cuts? I don t see a tape or stop block system. Is that in your future plans.
- RCHarvey

Nothing is to the left of the sander, just some misc junk. I’m still deciding what to do there.
The height is 40”, I made it a height that is comfortable for me.
As I stated before the stop block will be added.

Thanks for the kind words.

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MrNorwood

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#13 posted 05-19-2016 03:15 PM

whoa!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 05-19-2016 03:30 PM

Excellent build it should serve you well for years to come.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BRef

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#15 posted 05-23-2016 10:59 AM

I am wanting something to line all these drawers with, any suggestions?

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