|Project by ellen35||posted 09-01-2013 11:03 PM||4535 views||35 times favorited||29 comments|
I call this “twin sons of different mothers” (with apologies to Dan Foglberg) because Lorna (moonls here on LJ) and I each did a version. They started out with a similar design and we moved on to accommodate what we needed most. Now the story…
I had been very dissatisfied with the miter saw stand that I have had for a number of years. While it was sturdy, it was terrible for larger pieces of wood and the dust collection was nonexistent. So, Lorna and I (we live about 3 miles apart here on Cape Cod and do many projects together) decided that we needed to come up with a design that would be just what we each needed. There was a neat miter saw bench in Popular Woodworking a few months ago that looked intriguing. BUT… we each had different needs. This is my version.
The entire bench is approximately 70 inches long and 24 inches deep. Since one can never have enough storage, I decided that I would make 4 separate storage boxes and put full extension slider drawers in 3 and the dust collection in the 4th. The first pic shows the unit as it stands. Note the high back. It serves 2 purposes: first, it helps corral the dust and second, it has a cork tack strip so I can hang my plans and details of what I might be building (I guess I’ve lost the paperwork a few too many times!). As you can see in the second picture, I have a dedicated small shop vac. The third pic shows the underside with foam insulation for sound (don’t waste your time… the noise still comes up the shute in pic 3!). Note that there is ventilation out the back of this container for the vac… you can see it in picture 3. The 4th pic is the shute behind the saw (it is the big 12 in Bosch that I reviewed earlier). I have removed the useless bag and attached a hose that simply extends down the shute to the vac hose. Picture 5 is the most interesting to me… I needed a place to store my small screws, washers, etc. I decided to do an insert on this drawer with dividers that were slightly larger than the boxes I had. I also picked up some plastic containers that are about the same size and used them for additional screws, etc. where I did not buy a full box. I did not want to fight with shop dust in these containers so I got a piece of plexiglass cut, rabbeted a groove in each side and slipped it in. It will slide in both directions to make it easy to get a materials on either end.
The unit is one heavy mother and it is on wheels.
While the dust collection isn’t perfect, it is much better than anything else I have tried. I keep a small brush nearby and occasionally just brush everything into the shute. I also have lots of surface area for longer pieces of wood and
for putting cutoffs as they come off the saw.
While this is a useful bench, half the fun was in the design and the changes in the original design.
Be sure and look for Lorna’s version in a few weeks. Hers accommodates her stationary belt sander and has doors. Different strokes for different folks!
Thanks for looking!
-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire