Storage Bench & Stand for Radial Arm Saw

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Project by FJPetruso posted 06-20-2010 07:20 AM 23702 views 26 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last project was a storage & work bench using unfinished kitchen type cabinets from Home Depot. I liked the Home Depot cabinets so much I decided to use them for an 8 foot long stand for my radial arm saw. I used one 24” cabinet sandwitched between two 36” cabinets. The 24” center cabinet needed to be modified a bit to make room for the elevation crank handle on the saw. I removed the drawer & top rail of the cabinet & made a shelf in it’s place. For the top I used an 8 foot long by 26 inch deep piece of sanded plywood. Again I made cleats to go around the top of the cabinets to more securely mount the top to. After mounting the saw in the center of the bench I made two wing extensions to support long stock on both sides of the saw table. I used “I” beam type of construction so I could clamp them to the edge of the bench. The extensions can also be moved out for longer stock & can also be pushed to the back of the bench to make that area available for other uses. The top of the saw table ended up about 2” higher off of the floor & I considered lowering the saw into the cabinet but it isn’t any harder to use so I left it alone. The additional storage space is “GRAND”! All that’s left is a couple of coats of paint.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 06-20-2010 07:27 AM

Looks really good

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 07:52 AM

I love the extensions. Simple but effective and out of the way if not needed. Great work, keep it up. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 07:54 PM

Nice job Frank.
Now you are going to have to update your shop photos too.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 11:13 PM

Good to see you improving that beautiful shop of yours.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-05-2011 09:52 PM

You painted that beautiful job? Oh noes!

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 05:29 AM

Yeah, I got some flack from some friends who noticed that it was made of oak. But with my eyes getting older, I wanted to keep a light color scheme in my shop. Even just putting a clear coat on the oak would darken up the wood too much for me. I have all the trim painted the same color too. It’s a color called “Gunsmoke Gray”, a real light shade of gray. My shop is pretty bright inside.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 03:36 AM

Neat idea.

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