|Project by Gator||posted 12-24-2010 10:16 PM||4633 views||16 times favorited||14 comments|
Lately I have been moving one thing in order to get to another, and just got tired of all the “clutter” so I started surfing pictures of everyone’s work shops looking for ideas on how to get the most out of the area in my shop. My shop is 16’ x 24’ and seems a lot smaller somedays. I wanted to incorporate a bench for my mortiser & miter saw so searched a lot of benches, and saw a lot of great ideas. We have a lot of talented members here. I had them on rolling stands, but was always moving around them.
I really liked what Tom (ND2ELK) did in his shop, so I borrowed ( “stole” ) his design .. Thanks Tom..
I wanted to incorporate the mortiser & miter saw, so it is a bit different ( helps me sleep at night ) and the mortiser is over 100 lbs so I needed to really beef up this section. The drawers were an after thought ( a result of design on the fly ) but turned out not to bad considering I had never built any that required slides before. The frame of the bench is 2×4 bolted to the wall studs with steel angle brackets for support & 3/4” birch ply on top, and for the drawer case I used some 3/4 oak ply I had left over. 1/2” birch ply for the bottoms and false fronts. I used 1/8” hard board on top of the bench and poplar trim to save the edges. I picked up some Watco cherry danish oil for another project so I tried it out to see how it looks. My wife says it has a pretty pink tone to it.. Thanks for that .. Hello.. Man cave !!!
My wood rack is on the left side of the bench so board’s can slide right from the rack onto the bench, and I have lots of room to take a couple inches off the end of a 10’ board. The saw & mortiser tables are two different levels, so it was a task to get it level all the way across. I am still thinking about making the left end of the bench a sanding station as I left it open underneath to run a vacum port and box. I ran the piping from the shop vac along the wall and picked up a couple flexible hoses from Lee Valley that take care of the dust. I still need to improve on the miter saw collection, but it gets most of it, and the flex hose on the left of the mortiser pulls down and works great for chip removal, then just put it back up out of the way.
With the addition of the new table saw I had to build a new sled, so this was a quick build so I could stop trying to use my miter gauges as a sled. It is 3/4” baltic birch with a maple strip on one end, and two poplar boards on the front & a piece of 2”x6” for a push block. Test cut was dead square – one in a row ..!!
It is amazing how much extra room I seem to have already with just this small change. With the extra material I had on hand, total out of pocket for both projects was approx. $100.00, so that was an extra bonus.
-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.