Miter Bench and Storage #2: Dust Collection and Leveling

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 03-27-2008 05:07 AM 5269 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been working off and on this project since the last blog. I have had to spend most of the time getting the DC ran and grounded.
DC 1
DC 2
I even worked out the DC for under the Miter Saw and the box I am am going to build behind it.
DC 3
DC 4
I also finished up the 2×4 frame top for the right cabinet and got both of them mounted to the base cabinets.
Cabinets 1
Cabinets 2
This evening I leveled and mounted the cabinets to the wall and then had to stop and clean the shop up as it was a mess. I started to scribe the 3/4 plywood sub-top to the wall when my crappy Craftsman jigsaws head flew off the drive shaft. Oh well, I now have the excuse to go out and get that Bosch 1590EVSK or the 1591EVSK. I’ve been thinking about going with the barrel grip jig saw this time around. I’d like to hear about like and dislikes…..

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

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 06:31 AM

Looking good! You are making great progress.

I’ve always used a top handle jigsaw. You get to use more wrist action rather than your whole arm.
With the barrel handle it would seem that you have to get your whole body behind it aim it.
But that just me.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 11:36 AM


You are looking like you are in good shape so far. I am like Gary. I tend to prefer the 1590 model but then I have never tried a barrel handled one. It just seems to me that you need to use your arm to control the 1591 vs just the wrist for the 1590 model. (Sounds a lot like Gary’s comment doesn’t it?) :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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John Gray

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 03:25 PM

I have the top handled on and think it is great. My 2 cents.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 03:42 PM

I have only used the top handle saw. your work looks great

-- Nathan South Afirica

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 07:31 PM

Man that is nice. I am waiting to see how the DC works for your miter saw. It is a messy machine.

I have only used the top handle version. I see that MrTrim has a comment about the barrel handle version:

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 10:09 PM

I have the Top handle BOsch Jig saw and sometimes it does not let me snap in a blade ..or when i do get the blade in it does not tighten correctly ….I would go for Dewalt Jig Saw DW933 cordless if i had it to do over again …just my 2 cents worth

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#7 posted 04-13-2008 10:50 PM

oh yes i remember that comment steve and ill offer another . the D or top handle will do fine to scribe your ply to the wall . if you plan on using it for really intricate cuts such as coping crown you want the barrel handle . i used the D handle saws for years . after i bought the barrel handle im quite sure ill never own another D handle . i worked for a worldwide yatcht builder building interiors and installing furniture . almost everything gets scribed to something else on a boat . therefore ive worked a good bit with jigsaws .
thats my 3 cents lol

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Terry Broadbent

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 03:19 PM

I have the barrel grip Bosch jig saw and love it. I also have a top handle cordless 18v dewalt jig saw which I hate. I bought the dewalt first, a few years ago. It never cut straight, even after being serviced by dewalt, and you get very little use before needing to charge the battery. I find the barrel grip is very easy to control. I hold it with index finger extended. Where I point, it cuts. I wouldn’t buy another top handle saw.

The miter bench looks great. Very impressive.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-02-2008 12:17 AM


This is looking real good!

Very nice workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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