Build the Fine Woodworking Miter Saw Station Pt. 1



everybody fitty here you know the one tool in my shop that I use by far more than anything else is my miter saw when I was building this house I just set stuff up everywhere in the shop I didn't have any organization to it or anything and I had my miter saw on a actually a really nice contractor type stand and it served my purpose but the problems that took up a lot of space now a few years ago I picked up a fine woodworking magazine I think it's issued 209 and in that they had this modular moveable fold up a bull top miter saw station and I really really been wanting to build this thing well I finally found a round to it and I decided to go ahead and build this thing now my research leading up to this I came across a guy who had actually drawn this up and Sketchup and he'd done a really good job some want to have some links where you can go over to his website and where he has that Sketchup model you could actually build this project off of his model without even having to have the plans there's a lot of things about this miter saw station I really like and it's kind of hard for me to decide what my favorite part is but one of my favorite parts towards the top of the list is the ability to fold this thing up and to move it around and to find a nice corner to stick it in when I'm not using it and what that's going to do is it's going to free up space in my shop and it's going to allow me to put another cool toy in here now one of the other features that I really like about is the ability to use this Craig hardware and these Craig accessories like this stop I use stops all the time and the projects that I do but the problem has stopped to me is a block of wood a clamp well these Craig production stops are going to give me a whole lot more accuracy and confidence when I do my project so I'm really enthused about you know having this on here another pretty cool feature of this miter saw station is it's got on-board storage for your shopback I have a big dust collector and I use it most of the time but it's pretty cool to be able to have a small little shop back in this cart so when I move it around different places in the shop to set it up to work I don't necessarily have to drag this big dust collector out and drag that hose around all that kind of stuff so I think that's a pretty cool feature and this isn't a project even doing today this is a good long weekend going at it as hard as you can you build this thing from two sheets of 3/4 inch plywood so you don't have all that much money in the wood but when you go to buy your your Craig accessories and your casters and all that kind of stuff it kind of adds up so you know you're probably going to have two hundred two hundred fifty dollars give or take in this project but you'll have a really really nice cart so I think it's a pretty good value so I wanted to show you how I built this thing it's time to get started so I spent a couple of nights this week and all I did was just cut out the parts so that today I could just put this thing together and what I'm going to start with first is this base now one thing I want you to keep in mind is I'm building my base just a little bit bigger than the plan calls for I've got a really big miter saw so I scaled mine up about an inch and a half so in the plan it calls for the top to be thirty and a half inches wide minus thirty two and a half inches wide so as we go through this project and I call out dimensions to you I'll call out the dimensions from the plan first and then try to remember to tell you exactly what I did mine is now the only thing that it affects is this base so that's all you go worry about and if I forget to do it just remember I'm an inch and a half wider than the plan calls for now on the plan they're actually joining the parts together just using the wood screws actually I think they're using drywall screws and that's pro work just fine I kind of prefer using pocket screws I think I think that it makes a little stronger connection and all that so that's what I'm going to do I'm going to use wood glue and pocket screws now the downside to that is it's going to take me a little more time I've got a whole lot of pocket holes that I've got a grill so let me go ahead and start drilling those pocket holes and I'll come back and show you how all this goes together now on the top and bottom of this cabinet there's an overhang and what I'm going to do I don't want these sharp hard square edges some want to measure up about an inch off the corner and come in here with my square and just mark me a 45 then I'm going to take that over to the miter saw and just clip that off and I'll make a nice smooth little appearance on the top and bottom of this cabinet so let me go ahead and do that this back panel of this cabinet has three two inch holes drilled in it one is to give access to your vacuum port the other two I guess are just air flow now on the top of the back panel dead center in the panel and three inches down is the center point for that first hole and there's just one right here on the top and on the bottom it's three inches in from each corner is where the center point of the other hole is on this corner and of course there's one on this point or two it's a two inch hole and what I'm going to do is I'm going to chuck the hole saw up and the drill press and drill these out now the front panel this cabinet also had two holes at the top just like in the back two and a half inch holes and there again they were set in three inches on center from each corner one will do now is I'm going to take my trim router with a quarter inch roundover bit and just go around these holes there NACA edge off okay I'm gonna go ahead and start building the perimeter of this box but before I do I'm going to tell you some dimensions the table bottom for the bottom piece here it is the plan calls for 22 deep by 29 wide and mine is 22 deep by 30 and a half now the table or the other cabinet back the part that's going to go right here on the plan it calls for a 27 inch tall about 25 wide and mine's 27 inch tall by 26 and a half and the cabinet sides right here they're the same as what the plan calls for it is a 27 inch tall by 21 and a half inch wide and just make sure it's 21 and a half inch wide and the table topped the plan calls for 22 inches deep by 30 and a half inches wide – 22 and a half inches deep by 32 inches wide so I think oh and the other thing is on the front of the cabinet there's this little stringer that's going to hold it in place and the plan calls for 4 inches tall by let's see 25 inches wide and on mine it's 4 inches tall by 26 and a half inches wide so I think those are the only deviations from the plan that I made so what I'm going to do is start building this perimeter I think the way them won't go about this I'm gonna leave my pieces up you can see I've got my pocket holes drilled now the side pieces run on the outside of this seam so I'm always some glue right here I'm gonna put my my side piece on get it all good lined up in the more pennant with an 18-gauge and that way I can come back and clamp it one of the problems with using pocket screws is when you run that screw in there especially if you've got some glue in that seam well it will make it want to shift a little bit so that's why I want to get it pinned and clamped real good so that when I screw it down it's not going to move now once I get the perimeter of this box built then I'm gonna lay it you know get it situated on the on the bottom part of this cabinet and get it lined up away I want it and then you know go ahead and attach the bottom to it so it's going to be kind of tough for me to do this by myself but I'm gonna do my best to kind of show you how I'm gonna go about it so let me get started I'm just going to put a smidge in here you know really with pocket holes you don't really need to use a glue but it's my project and in my glue and this is how I'm going to do it I'm just going to get them lined up real good I'm gonna pin it with this 18 gauge I'm going to get a couple of clamps on here holder in place real good I'm going to come around front get that little stringer in the front now I'm go ahead and start running my screws in may be tough for you to see but I've got pocket holes about every five inches and I'm just going to run the screws in now we've got everything lined up on this base this is the front and right here on this little nub hanging over it's about I don't know it's about 3/8 give or take and on the sides there's a lip of about an inch and a quarter maybe an inch and a quarter light now in the back of the cabinet this back piece is lined up kind of flush to the edge of that round over now one thing that this plan called for is having this stringer in this back piece set in about 3/4 of an inch and I just really couldn't see any reason why to do that and I knew that it would cause all kinds of aggravation so mines coming up flush on these these edges right here that's just the way I did it you can do it however you want to but I just figured trying to set this thing in three quarters of an inch and get it lined up and I don't know I just knew that that was going to be a problem so minor flush and this you know the edge this plywood looks kind of crappy the only thing I can figure the reason the plan called forward is just to kind of give it a little bit of character or something but I may come in here an edge band this or something but that's the way I did it you do it however you to this point I just need to go around the bottom and screw those pocket screws in and the bottom will be attached so here's the front of our cabinet and our front piece away in just like this I'll come in here and put a cleat along that bottom so you can only push it in so far and then in the top I'll put a magnetic latch behind that to kind of hold it in place so I think that's going to look pretty good now I've got the top pinned on and the way that this works is there's about two inches of overhang about on each side and about a quarter of an inch right here on the front and on the back there again I've got it flush to that round over so what I'm going to do is flip this thing over get the rest of the screws in the top and then I think I'll go ahead and put the casters on it you we're and I didn't have a real good organization to it and my miter saw but some problem has now usually you know I didn't have a good some of the Craig accessories like the the stop there's a lot of things about this miter saw station that I really like but one it's hard to come I just set stuff up every 31 and a hat nope ain't going so that today spitting pieces out of line it's no one want to say I'm gonna show that honey do I look fat

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