Miter Bench and Storage #1: Getting started with the base

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 03-14-2008 11:22 PM 10514 reads 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally got started on Norms Miter Bench and Storage. I had previously rough cut the base components so thankfully I didn’t have to break down six sheets of 3/4 ply. I started with the rabbits and the dado’s on all of the pannels. Note, the rabbits (when called for) go on the back not the front of the panel, most important on the right cabinet (scratch one panel). Then used a template to cut the notches and hole in the back for dust collection (scratch the same panel the second time).

Cutting the half laps in the 2×4 creates an absolute mess of chips and dust even with dust collection. It is monotonous and dirty process. I got done with the left cabinet half laps and needed a break so I went ahead and assembled the 2×4 frame for the left cabinet.
Miter Bench and Storage1

Miter Bench and Storage2

I have mounted the line for the dust collection, and now I need to add the line for the compressed air.
Miter Bench and Storage3

Now it is time to finish up the right cabinet 2×4 half lap frame and get the dust collection line ran. I also need to move the air compressor up into the loft and get the line ran down for that.

More to follow.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 03-14-2008 11:25 PM

Looks like you’re making good progress. I’m looking forward to seeing how things go.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 12:18 AM

Excellent start, since I am just finishing the walls of my new workshop, this weekend, I will be following your progress with a keen eye.

Thanks for sharing, much appreciated

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 12:49 AM

Looking forward to watching how it progresses…

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 06:33 AM

Hi sIKE,

I essentially built the same thing. One modification that I made was to put small drawers in the extensions for the miter saw. The plans call for covering this with 1/4” plywood I believe. While these are small drawers they can hold small tools and utilize essentially dead space.

I am looking forward to seeing your version of this bench.

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 03:13 PM

I have made one major modification to the plans I have shortened the height of the bench to the height of my TS. My shop is 16×24 and to fit in my TS with 52 in rails I have taken up a good portion of the 16’ already and would of lost most of the space to the left blade so I made the mod. Hope I got all of my measurements correct!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 03-16-2008 01:53 AM

Scott, just re-read what you posted. That is an awesome idea! Do you have any pics?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 11-09-2008 05:47 PM

Very nicely done! And thank you for the answers to my questions.

I was wondering if you had close up pictures of the joints between the vertical ply and the frame of the top? I was wondering how you secured them in place.

-- - Gabe

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#8 posted 11-09-2008 08:50 PM

The vertical partitions are held together on top by cleats which you can see running under the 2×4’s in the second picture. The interior pannels are notched out for the cleats and the outside pannels are rabbited to accept the 3/4” plywood cleat.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 07-20-2009 03:20 PM

Very nice so far, i am building an outdoor storage bench myself, because my garden is a mess. Have you some photos from the result? Must be nice!


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#10 posted 07-22-2009 08:36 PM

If you look through the entire blog you can see the progress and i have posted this as a completed proejct.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 07-22-2009 10:28 PM

Just like Norms as you say well done I wish you many many years of happy woodworking with your new layout kindest regards Alistair

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 04:27 AM

Good start

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