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trippcasey

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02-24-2013 04:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw tip joining

I was working on a metal table that was pretty tall and uneven. With a 12” slider, I wanted it bolted down. That metal table has two 3/8” plates welded together on top of it, which used to hold a 125 ton compression strength machine (125 tons of down force, not actual weight of the machine) so drilling holes in that thing would be a chore in itself. So I started this miter station. Its just MDF, screws and glue, but so far it sure beats what I had. Being a rookie, and only having been toying with this hobby for a month or so, I was kind of looking for some suggestions on what to do to it to improve it for storage, and to also learn a little something about joining. I want to try my hand at some box joint drawers with just some plywood. Im not real sure on what to do, but i know i want to do more than just screw and glue the rest of it together.

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 05:03 AM

Looks great. I would mount the saw on some t-track so you can slide it forward in those instances when you don’t want the material to engage the wing fences. But it looks like a great start.

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 05:25 AM

The saw slides back and forth 12” already. I have it locked forward in the pics.

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 05:28 AM

Good deal, The only thing I would add would be some type of stop block system and maybe a measuring tape either side of the blade. Makes setup much faster and repeatability is essential. Great job on this.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 05:54 AM

I know that makita guard is a terrible design, but I get jittery when that blade is pointin’ right at me. :& I like the nice wide table for that saw. should be real handy. maybe wax that mdf so i doesn’t swell with the moisture.

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 06:03 AM

Hmm…never heard of waxing MDF. Not a bad idea. What kind of wax would you use? The humidity down here is enough for anything to swell.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 06:04 PM

You mentioned making box joints. You can’t make them with a slider. That is a job for the table saw.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 06:28 PM

I have a table saw, and a little bench top router table. Not having a dado blade will make the table saw operation very tedious, but still doable. Im leaning towards my router table for making them. Ive made a little jig that could be used on either my table saw or my router table with a little modifications.

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 06:36 PM

I have used good old Johnson’s furniture wax for wood. It would work fine in this case. I will also make your wood slide nicely. Not a big deal, but it’s a perk. I don’t know that you need any special joinery for workshop furniture. Still, you might want to consider a shelf, or some drawers for the table. I agree, a stop block system would be really nice. I know it make life a lot easier with the long thin type of wood that you cut on this saw.

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 09:54 PM

Ive read about coating the MDF in polyurethane, specifically oil based. It works good on everything else, but I bet that MDF would soak it up like a sponge.

Dwain, I just wanted to practice on making good box joints while building some drawers for out here. Maybe by then I would have a better grasp on the process when I actually wanted to use them in a project that went beyond my garage…lol. I have already cut box joints for one drawer today with my router using a home made jig I put together last night and tweaked today. The drawer fits together well, but the wood I cut them out off was some old warped scrap plywood I had. I am satisfied with my jig now though. Ill post some pics of it here in a bit.

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