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Project by smitty22 posted 05-22-2010 06:46 AM 3843 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, First Project, more or less successful for a beginner –

This CMS bench was born of necessity, see second picture. It was also an opportunity to learn more about my new Craftsman table saw (more about that later).
Anyway, it’s not fine furniture, sort of a hybrid of other much nicer benches, but seems like it will serve my needs very well, so I’m happy with it! Objective was to have the CMS table at the same height as my TS. I don’t cut much long stock so that will do until I can build some wings for it.

As with most projects, it’s always fun to look back and see what has been learned, here’s a couple:

I don’t own enough clamps. Bought some, faked some, borrowed some, ordered some… (Conclusion: you never have enough clamps.)
Don’t drop the workpiece on the dado blade. (see right hand sideboard. 22”x33”x3/4” chunk of ply makes an interesting frisbee.)
3/4” plywood ain’t really 3/4”. (See, told ya I was a beginner.)
Cut all pieces to size first. Next cut all dado’s at once with one setup. (Another fundamental.)
Hinges and doors are tricky.
A dust collection system now seems a good idea.
Hot glue edge bands do make the plywood edges look better, but very fiddly to get right.
The Benchdog ply caster brackets are great.
The Woodcraft 3” casters are even better, actually make this project a winner for my shop.

Project costs are at least 3x the estimate. (or more).

Craftsman miter gauge is essentially useless. Fixed that with an Incra. Rip fence worked pretty well.

Craftsman TS alignment proved to be way off. Blade alignment shifts with height. WTH?

Zero clearance TS insert probably worth the trouble for ply.

More time is spent in setup than actual cutting.
DAP wood filler still good stuff, been using it for decades.

Fun!!

-- Smitty





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 06:50 AM

This came out well

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 08:09 AM

Nice cabinet. If I used my miter saw more I would make one like this. I just never use it.
Nice work!

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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Eagle1

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#3 posted 05-22-2010 09:53 AM

Nice looking cabinet. I just got the same table saw that you have. I really like it. Also bought a freud dado set with it. It cuts real nice and clean.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Belg1960

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#4 posted 05-22-2010 01:54 PM

Working on drawing mine the old fashioned way with graph paper and pencil. Which program did you use to make your plan? What is the length of the threaded stud on the casters I could not find this info on the Wood craft site? I like the facts of the build and that you were able to learn from them. I think thats key!! Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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smitty22

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 04:13 PM

Thanks for all the ‘positives’ guys/gals, encouraging!
Tim, The Craftsman 21833 TS works well, seems a good value for the $$, but I’ve got to get the blade/arbor alignment problem worked out or otherwise it’s not very precise. I used the Freud SD508 set too, nice tool!

Pat, I use Microsoft Visio 2007 for plans. Not sure it’s the best for woodworking plans, but I’m familiar with it from much use in the electronics field.
The stud on those casters is right at 1 1/4”. Although a bit pricey, the 4 swiveling casters provide the mobility I need in my ‘one-wall’ garage workshop. The belt/disc sander, TS, CMS, and sometimes the drill press have to move from the wall to a clear work area, then back without a lot of trouble.

-- Smitty

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Bricofleur

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#6 posted 05-22-2010 04:46 PM

This is a very nice stand, and well made. I like seeing a woodworker building a nice environment to work in. And of course, there’s something to learn on each project, good or bad. I’m sure sooner or later you will add hinged extension wings. You will also wonder how you lived withou them!

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 11:49 PM

is that all plywood?! If so, how did you finish it so nicely?

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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smitty22

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 04:31 AM

Serge, Thanks, I’m trying to create that environment, little bit at a time! The CMS bench wings are on the drawing board, phase 2 of this project. Enjoyed looking at your birdhouse project too.

Hi Lis, yes, all plywood and Thanks! It’s birch ply with one good side, used that on the most visible surfaces.
the backside isn’t quite as pretty, but only the wall knows. Here’s a ‘rear view’, and the rear panel with all dado cuts done:
[IMG]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d134/Tex223/Woodworking-1/1-dadodadodado.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d134/Tex223/Woodworking-1/11-lookslikeabackside.jpg[/IMG]

Finish is 3 brushed coats of Deft Satin Wood finish sanded with random orbital 240 grit between coats, no stain, this ply if you get a good sheet has very nice ‘character’. The ply edges are concealed with Rockler hot melt veneer edge banding, used almost 50ft on this project.

-- Smitty

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smitty22

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 04:35 AM

Serge, Thanks, I’m trying to create that environment, little bit at a time! The CMS bench wings are on the drawing board, phase 2 of this project. Enjoyed looking at your birdhouse project too.

Hi Lis, yes, all plywood and Thanks! It’s birch ply with one good side, used that on the most visible surfaces.
the backside isn’t quite as pretty, but only the wall knows. Here’s a ‘rear view’, and the rear panel with all dado cuts done:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d134/Tex223/Woodworking-1/1-dadodadodado.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d134/Tex223/Woodworking-1/11-lookslikeabackside.jpg

Finish is 3 brushed coats of Deft Satin Wood finish (good ol’ lacquer) sanded with random orbital 240 grit between coats, no stain, this ply if you get a good sheet has very nice ‘character’. The ply edges are concealed with Rockler hot melt veneer edge banding, used almost 50ft on this project.

-- Smitty

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Robsshop

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 05:43 PM

That is a good looking upgrade for Your work space. It’s always a great feeling putting something together that wil make life easier in the shop. Sounds like You gained some good wood working knowledge along the way as well, also a nice feeling! Once again nice job and stay safe.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 06:07 AM

Very nice and also much needed in my shop : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 03:43 PM

Dale, thanks for the follow to my questions. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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smitty22

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#13 posted 06-02-2010 04:55 AM

Pat, An updated version of the full plan is available for the asking.
Just email and I will reply with the pdf file.

-- Smitty

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Boogie

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#14 posted 11-30-2011 05:20 PM

Nice Job Smitty

-- Boogie, Hou Tex - Life is to short for Bad Wine

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smitty22

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#15 posted 11-30-2011 07:11 PM

Thanks Boogie, the CMS cabinet has proved to be a really valuable addition to my garage workshop..

threw a comment at your ‘chisel’ post, I’ve been down the same road as you!
Dale

-- Smitty

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