|Project by smitty22||posted 05-22-2010 06:46 AM||4086 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
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.