|Project by SouthHollow||posted 01-14-2013 07:08 PM||3397 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
In my quest to actually get a functional space up and running for wood-working, I decided to build a miter station. Inspiration for the project came from the This Is Carpentry article by Gary Katz and Jimmy Meeker's Miter Cabinet Workstation here on LJ.
Of course, I had to make a couple of changes. The main one was to come up with an adjustable mount for the miter saw. This was for three reasons.
A) I wanted to build a taller table to allow for if I end up adding drawers they way Jimmy did.
B) It would let me use 2×4s which I had handy, and I don’t own a table saw yet to rip lumber down to height easily.
C) I don’t trust myself to get the support pieces perfectly cut to height, and this allowed for greater margin for error. (I’m still just getting started in woodworking)
Of course my first idea for the mount (Picture 5) didn’t work, because it didn’t allow for enough of a range for the saw, but I was able to switch to using t-nuts to support the mounts on the board, and that allowed for enough play to get it aligned perfectly.
The other change I made from Gary Katz’s plan was to make the back of the station deeper. This was to allow it to be to the wall. It also created a bit of extra storage space, and serendipity made it perfect for being able to store my circular saw flat on it’s plate, with the blade going down in between the wall-studs.
All in all I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, and it has already made it super easy for a bunch of repetitive cuts for the work bench that I’m building to replace the pile of junk on the back wall in picture four.
Anyone have suggestions for finishes? (Or thoughts on if it’s worth it to put a finish on it?)
-- Alex, Los Angeles