Miter saw bench that cost nothing!

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Project by 806jlb posted 03-28-2013 12:12 AM 2115 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1996, we purchased our home, which included a 2 1/2 car detached garage. At the same time, the German cabinet company my dad worked for began a total renovation of two floors of a Chicago law firm. They were throwing away the custom cabinets that my dad’s company made and installed some 20 years earlier. Dad had no use for the cabinets and asked if I wanted any for my garage? Of course I took advantage of this opportunity! So, over the course of the next few months, Dad brought home not only enough cabinets to line my garage, but also enough to line a storage room and a utility room, a total of about 36. He also brought home a 9’ long and 2” thick solid door, which I would use as a folding workbench. These cabinets are made of black particle board and black laminate, with teak veneer doors and European hinges. At one point, they were nicer than my kitchen cabinets!

So, I have wanted to make a bench for my miter saw for some time. I had a couple extra cabinets that I had put on a platform to store some tools, and decided to convert it to a portable miter saw bench. Everything I needed I already had sitting around the garage. Furniture dolly wheels (again from Dad), some 1/2” oak plywood for the fence, 3/4” plywood to support the saw, 1/8” Masonite for the top, and a handle from an old tool box was all I needed. This project was long overdue!

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 12:25 AM

Nice, and best of all inexpensive.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 11:58 AM

Isn’t it great to be able to reuse or repurpose items for use! Love the idea of reusing instead of dumping in a landfill. Nice job and you will be glad you did this.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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