Miter Bench and Storage #7: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 06-25-2008 05:33 AM 4091 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Back to work, Top is done (well almost) Part 7 of Miter Bench and Storage series Part 8: Time to puts some drawers in! »

Well, I have been slowly working on the this project over the last couple of weekends, but had to side track when my Air Compressor blew a gasket in the pump mechanism and I had to replace it (Turns out Good). With me having to work in the very hot loft to get this fixed I decided to go for broke and get all of my Compressor related sub projects taken care of. I had a slow leak on the unloader line, so I fixed that when I added the Automatic Drain Valve from Harbor Freight, thanks Patrick.
Air Compressor 1
I too had the problem with the cheap hose they provide. Not wanting to convert to copper I did some driving around looking for some .250” diameter heavy duty plastic tubing. After visiting a half plumbing/tools/construction tools/the trades type stores, I found a shop that sold me some heavy duty hydraulic tubing. It has worked very well (the black tube in the pic above). While I was at it, I went ahead and finished running the PVC conduit down to what I had previously done and hooked it all in.
Air Compressor 2
Air Compressor 3
Air Compressor 4
I still have a couple of leaks but will track those down later.

I also took the chance while working under the bench to hook up the rear dust collection port for the miter saw box, which is not working as well as as hoped, but I can re-design that later.

I am very happy, as I can use my Brad nailer again, so I can get back on to the next phase of the main project, the drawers that go under the bench. So, I proceeded to mill up the drawer fronts/backs/sides and have a kick back accident (The Ugly). I have taken a 6 week siesta from woodworking and I am still working on getting my mind back where it should be, and trust me this will help speed that process up. I was feeding like the tenth drawer side through the TS and absent mindedly took both hands off of the wood (I know ..Whats the last thing a bug thinks of when it hits a windshield?) it proceeded to bind up then fly backwards straight into my hip as I was twisting out of the way (now this happened in all of two/three seconds), it hit me so hard that it bounced and flipped over and landed on the saw blade again which then graciously sent it flying back at me once again. It hurt and still hurts like all get out.
This weekend I took advantage of the Rockler special and bought myself a Grr-Ripper, which I have gotten to use several times, a review will be forth coming.

Now for (The Bad), I have gotten all of the Fronts/Sides/Backs milled up for the drawers. I am using Norm’s plans for the Miter Bench (which the stop block has rocked in the milling process) which call for Front Half-Blind Dovetails for the Drawer Fronts and a Dado in the sides for the backs. However, I am using a drawer lock bit for my drawers, which has worked very well, and I properly compensated for any differences in the Drawer Fronts/Backs/Sides.
Drawer Fronts/Backs/Sides
But my luck ran out with the bottoms, I missed a half inch difference in drawer depth (the sides). I have gone back and milled new bottoms, but now I have 10 pieces of 1/2” ply that currently doesn’t have purpose. Here is the first one drying in the shop tonight.

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

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 02:47 PM

Looks good sIke. One thing that comes to mind is a time when the pvc in my shop blew out and sent schrapnell around the shop…..I turned into a true believer of copper. I cannot imagine if I would have been in the way of the flying debree.(sp)
I hope you had better luck than I did.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 03:01 PM

I do question the pressure load rating of PVC.
Kickbacks are a hairy event to experience for sure.
Getting the shop in order always makes a working in it safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable. Taking a day to get the maintenance taken care of always is a load off my mind. Knowing that I can get through a project without a potential breakdown is a relief.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 03:45 PM

I am planning to take some extra 2×4s and wall siding to build channels and cover to protect the PVC and still allow access and protect me from shrapnel. Schedule 40 is 480 PSI at 73 degrees which should be plenty sufficient for the 125PSI that I am running.

Yeah, I have been working on this build out for over a year now, and I am finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After this project is complete, I have to get the RAS in his new home, which inculdes me install the recall upgrade hardware onto it, and building a router table. A smaller project is to build the workstation for TV/PC/TiVo in the corner. I can’t wait!

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

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#4 posted 06-26-2008 12:13 AM

The new Bessy clamps rock!

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

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#5 posted 06-26-2008 03:03 AM

You’re getting there. I’m glad you were not seriously hurt with the kick back accident. Those can be very scary.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 12:43 AM

Hi sIKE;

I’m not going to ask why you took both hands? off the plywood, but the technique is new to me.

At the the woodworking shows I did with my ezee-feed product, I met a lot of guys that had injuries at the table saw.

Notice I didn’t say from the table saw. Splitters AND anti kick back devices can SAVE YOUR LIFE. I used capital letters on that, in bold letters. Every guy I talked to, without exception, was not using these.

There’s absolutely no way to get out of the way of a board leaving the table saw. If by chance it were to hit someone in the head, it’s all over. Lights out, curtains.

I’m sure you’re tired of the comments on the P.V.C. I too have been wondering about the use of it.

I know it says it will handle a much greater load than your subjecting it to, however I keep hearing about “the time when the P.V.C. shattered”.

I don’t know why that happens, but I do know it does happen. I’m glad to hear your putting a shroud around it.

Stay safe.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 05:07 AM

Hi Lee,

I know about the splitters and the absolute need for them. The ZCIP that I have has holes for the MJ Splitter but I purchased the standard kerf model and needed the thin one. The sad thing is that the thin kerf model uses a different hole configuration, and I now just need to sit down and make me a new ZCIP and get this splitter mounted.

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

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#8 posted 07-04-2008 05:11 AM

AS for the PVC, I can easily see when some would go flying and hit it and since it is under pressure it would literally explode. That is why I ran most of it under my bench. With a little bit of more planning I could of made the vertical run in the wall which would of made it much safe though that could be problematic if I had a leak, and I would have to armor the run from nail/screws also.

Alas that wasn’t done, and I think hiding it behind some wood will work fine.

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

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