Miter Bench and Storage #4: Miter Box and Drawers

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 04-14-2008 01:54 AM 5413 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got back on the project this weekend. The goal was to get the Miter Box assemblies completed. With some inspiration from Scott Bryan, I decided to make a modification to Norms plans. The Miter Box plans call for the box front to be enclosed by plywood. I decided to put drawers in place of the plytwood instead. I had previously completed the build out of the left box and went ahead and completed the right box.
Miter Box 1
Miter Box 2
Miter Box 3
This is the first time I got to use my new Jet 90 Degree Miter Clamps which work great. This is also the first time that I really got to put the new Wixey digital fence though its paces. All I can say is wow. The nicest thing about it is that you can setup a cut and (if you make notes) you can come back and set the same exact cut up again if needed. I was able to dial in the groves for the drawers nice and tight a 100th” at a time. The other nice bit is if you are using an auxiliary fence you can zero off of it and then use the digital readout to accurately set up your cut. All in all a great gift.
Here is the completed right Miter Box with the first(protype) completed drawer.
Miter Box 4
The plans and video have the drawers being made with a dovetail jig (Norms was fancy). I do not have one and was not able to convince SWMBO that I “needed” one. So I opted for a drawer locking bit from Freud that has worked very well. It took a bit to learn how to set it up (I am going to do a quick review shortly), but after that I was able to quickly build the drawer fronts/backs/sides with only one problem. Here are my setup blocks.
Miter Box 5
Here are a couple of pics from the milling process:
Miter Box 6
Miter Box 7
Here is a pic of one of the drawers with its milling comple:
Miter Box 8
And it together with its drawer front attached:
Miter Box 9
So all of the drawer boxes for the Miter Box are completed and the drawer fronts for the left miter box are milled (3/4” red oak with a 3/8” roundover) and attached. I didn’t have time to complete the drawer fronts for the right hand box.
Miter Box 10
Miter Box 11
All that is left is to complete to dividers for the drawers and attach the handles on the left side. The same on the right along with attaching the drawer fronts. After that I need to make the clips to hold the miter boxes to the benches then mount the boxes to the bench. I also have two red oak trim pieces to mount above the drawers, and then red oak strips on top of the rear of the box where the stop and measuring tape go. I plan to use these small drawers as bins (I got 24 of them) for screws and such. I left one (the prototype) without groves, I will use it to hold the wrench and such for the miter saw. By the way the plywood is that cheap birch ply from the orange box (not going to do that again).

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

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 02:02 AM

I like the storage space… what a great idea.

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 02:20 AM

wow i also like the storage in the fence. this is coming out great too. thanks for the post.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 02:54 AM

Hi sIKE,

This is looking pretty good. I like the drawer dividers. They will help you organize the drawer contents. Nice job.

Now are the drawers and cabinet doors next?

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

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 03:37 AM

Thanks all! The next bits will be working out the DC for behind and under the Miter Saw. I also am going to cut out for the Mortiser as per the plan then the shelf and side for the RAS along with its T-Track in the bench. Once all that is worked out, I will then work on the Drawers/Trays/Cabinet doors. In addition to the stuff included in the plan, I still need to run power up to my Air Compressor and then run the pipe for the airline down to what I have ran up from the bench.

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 05:31 AM

Man, that thing is looking better and better all the time!

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

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Paul D

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 04:27 PM

sIKE, I just watched the 2 episodes of Norm building this yesterday and I thought to myself that he should have put drawers instead of the plywood front. I’m glad to see you made that change. Every little bit of storage space counts. Nice job!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 12:21 AM


I’ll say it again.

Your work is very impressive.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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