A Few Shop Projects

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Project by jcwalleye posted 02-15-2012 03:58 AM 5339 views 19 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some extra time waiting for finish to dry and thought I’d tackle some shop projects that had been at the back of my mind for a while.First is a drill driver bit cabinet. Wanted something closer to the drill press where I could keep all my bits and other misc tools.

A bonus is the work surface when the cabinet door is open. Cabinet is made of ¾” plywood and edged in Oak.

Next is a new stand for the sander. It too is made from ¾” ply, two layers thick, and has a drawer for storage of belts and other parts. A trick I copied from another LJ’r is to use a scissor table to lift and move the stand

How about a sandpaper caddy? A person’s a lot more likely to keep fresh sandpaper when it’s easy to get to. The bottom of the lid has a piece of old hacksaw blade acts as a serrated edge for tearing off a new piece.

Last is a taller dust hood for my miter saw. This new Makita saw is taller than the one it replaced and more dust piled up on top of the hood than inside. This helps keep the dust confined a bit. And when it piles up too high, I just brush it into the chute behind the saw. Someday I may fit some ramps to channel the dust into the chute.

Thanks for looking.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 04:27 AM

Every one of those is worth it’s weight in gold Joe.
I bet you get a ton of use of out all of them.
(And thanks for not doing four posts one after another. Some guys don’t get the picture.)

Some mighty nice additions to your shop !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:37 AM

Excellent use of your down time, really like the sandpaper box, but all of them look good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 04:44 AM

It’s ALL good, GREAT actually!

I’m not a doctor, but I reccomend 4 out of 4!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 04:57 AM

well thought out projects…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 06:54 AM

A door that drops down and provides more work space instead of just swinging open. hummm…...............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 08:55 AM

Great job, Like the drill cabinet and the extra work area when open. The sand-paper caddy is cool as well. Did you replace the Dewalt in the pic with the Makita or the other way around? I was confusd being you said this new Makita saw. The main reason I was asking though is I’m on the fence on which new miter saw to buy. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 12:36 PM

all very good and useful. I like the sandpaper caddie.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 01:01 PM

Those are some great upgrades. I am a big fan of “what can make this work area better?” thinkin’. Way to go!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#9 posted 02-15-2012 01:03 PM

Plus, with that drop down door, no more bits accidentally meeting the hard shop floor.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#10 posted 02-15-2012 01:37 PM

Really nicely done on all or your projects, especial like the hood for the chopsaw.

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 01:37 PM

Somebody’s been busy in the shop! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#12 posted 02-15-2012 02:54 PM

I’m with the other guys! Must have taken a while to dry. :)

Have you considered attatching a dust collector to the hood or is this more efficient and cleaner? I’m finding a lot of fine dust around shop now that I am sawing more indoors.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 07:02 PM

All look great and very functional. I like the drill bit holder the best and may make something simular. I could really use something like that. Love the drop shoot for the miter saw to.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 07:32 PM

Nice projects! I have a temp. box around my power miter saw and I ended up sticking the end of my shop vac through the side, about 3/4 of the way up from the bottom, and it cut down stray/floating a LOT.

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 08:51 PM

Thanks everybody for the encouraging comments.

Sorry Ken for the confusion. I had replaced a dewalt saw with another dewalt that was taller. The hood was origionally built for a makita and that was in the back of my mind.

Doc, the hood is definately not cleaner than would be some dedicated dust collection. It just corrals the dust a little better than nothing. All my dust control equipment is on the other side of the shop and I don’t have a good way to plumb it over, nor have I heard of much success with mitre saw dust collection. Someone will figure that out though.

Thanks everybody for the encouraging comments.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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