|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 09-18-2011 08:50 PM||5336 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
Here is my version of the Mitre Saw Workcentre from ShopNotes Magazine Vol 14 Issue 82.
Although taken from the plan I have adapted it to suit my needs. Mine is a fraction shorter due to available space in the shop although I can cut up to 53” left of the saw. Once I build a cabinet for the RAS on the right I will have about 36” that side.
I made mine from 7/8” thick phenolis faced MDF, unfortunately the sheet stock I had was not wide enough for the depth of the station (34”) the sheet stock I had was 22” so I had to joint the boards. I was concerned the joint would not hold so I secured cleats to the inside face of all the panels. Once into the cabinet itself it is solid as a rock. You may be able to see the join in the photo with the fence. If you look behind the fence you will see the join line. I got quite a good result in chip free cutting with the little 8” 60 tooth blade I have.
I set the cabinet on casters as I know I will be moving house some time in the future so when I do I will just wheel it out of the shop. I can tell you now, Those 7/8” thick panels sure do weigh a heck of a lot. The top is double thickness as is the right hand supporting panel. I screwed the whole cabinet to the studs in the shop for ridgidity. I trimmed the cabinet with 3/4” oak and trimmed the fence with iron on vynl tape.
The other thing I did was too sit the saw on a sub base with 1-1/2” travel should I need to fit a sacrificial or just to allow for adjustment. Just used some knobs to allow me to lock it down, so far no movement.
The plan has the fence bolted down to the table, the idea being it will be in the exact same spot if it has to be removed which Is what I have done. I think however I may change this to allow for an inch or so adjust ment back and forth.
It took me a little longer to build than I had expected due to having to joint all the boards (biscuits 4” apart and glue) and because the panels being so large and heavy were really awkward to move around.
Anyway done now, the next project is underway – a roll around cabinet for under the drill press.
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