|Project by dakotawood||posted 02-20-2012 02:38 AM||23353 views||87 times favorited||27 comments|
Finally put the finishing touches on my latest shop project. I received the Bosch Glide Saw for Christmas, so I knew I had to research and build a miter saw station. From the get go I knew this would be a possible way to get my planer out of sight when I’m not using it. I’m just a weekend woodworker, so I don’t really need quick access to my planer all the time – and space is at a premium. So I decided to incorporate a garage for it to roll into. I thought about the design for like a week before I started building anything.
The miter saw station is pretty typical I guess, at least as far as this website is concerned. I decided on the Kreg track system. I built the “wings” to the specs suggested by Kreg. I had to shim them a bit in the middle by the saw to keep them level with the saw bed. I don’t know why, but for some reason my top seems to sag a touch in the middle. I have a 2 ft section to the right and a 4 ft section to the left of the saw. Since the base has a cutout for my planer base, I installed 6 4” casters (from Grizzly) to help support it on either side of the cutout. The left door is strictly for the planer – a very tight custom fit. The center door holds a dedicated shop vac for the saw (which is triggered by the saw with the help of a Craftsman switch) and also my mortiser. The right door is completely empty right now – great place to grow into – could do drawer slides, adjustable shelves, don’t know yet. The top is two 3/4” MDF sheets laminated together and trimmed with maple. Same for the wings – 3/4” MDF with maple trim.
I built a new mobile base for my planer to custom fit the garage. 4” casters. Has an open end in the base now. I don’t know what I’ll do with that yet. May put a drawer to fit in there in the future. The planer bed stands about knee high for me. It’s actually fairly comfortable to use being a bit lower to the ground. I have a 4” dust port hanging on the wall to the left of the miter saw station that I can plug into my d/c with.
Finished everything with a wiping varnish – equal parts BLO, satin poly, naptha.
I think I’m going to LOVE this thing!!
Thanks for looking.
-- Travis, South Dakota