Evolution of a Shop #4: Miter saw/drill press bench almost complete

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Blog entry by Cory posted 02-02-2010 05:16 PM 7440 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made some progress last night….I finished installing the cabinets that are the base for my CMS and my drill press. I also finished installing the countertop, which is a solid core door with a 1/4” hardboard top for a total thickness of 2”. The edges are wrapped in cherry. I thought about leaving out the hardboard, but I want to make sure that I can easily replace the top when it’s damaged or worn. On that same train of thought, I screwed on the edge banding as opposed to gluing. The top is finished with two coats of shellac.

When I went to attach the CMS, I had trouble getting it perfectly level with the infeed/outfeed tables. I just barely missed on the measurement of the brace. I ended up using some playing cards to shim it up a few sixteenths of an inch. Now it’s perfectly level and I’ve got about 10’ to the left (with roller stands) and about 3’ to the right of the saw…...oh glorious workpiece support.

One thing I didn’t think of until I installed the CMS and drill press is how to handle the long power cords. I’ve got a 4’ power strip that I want to install on the wall, but I’ll still have cords dangling everywhere. Does anyone have a good solution to dealing with power cords on a bench top? I also would love some advice for a back splash.

I still need to nail on some trim, add toe-kick drawers, and trim out the CMS platform. After that I’ll continue the french cleat on the wall and hang wall cabinets.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 02-02-2010 05:19 PM

Wow that’s an Impressive set up well done


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#2 posted 02-02-2010 08:31 PM

Cory, this is a nice looking set up that you have. I have changed my opinion about the position of the saw. I have my saw mounted on the bench and built extensions level with the saw’s table. This works but it does use up bench space that could be put to other uses. I have come to appreciate the versatility that a set-up like yours has.

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 08:53 PM

Cory, have you thought about rigging your power up overhead? Either run your drop cord down with your strip mounted or use a line strung across overhead much like a dog runner with shower curtain clips to hold the power cord and you can run your tools back and forth as needed. Just a thought.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 09:18 PM

Thanks, Jim.

Scott: I thought about putting the saw on top of the bench, but decided against. I used to use my CMS all the time for small cuts but now that I have my table saw permanently set up and I built a good cross cut sled I don’t use it as much. So, I’m going to be using the bench as a place to store sand paper, a worksharp, and maybe an oscillating sander. In other words, it’s going to be a swiss army bench!

Mike: I never considered over head, that’s an interesting idea. I’ve got an outlet just above the bench top that I was going to use to plug in the power strip. My overhead outlets are being used by my garage door opener and my air cleaner. I’ll have to think about that some more. thanks for the idea.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 10:37 PM

Great project! Once I get the floors leveled in my shop, I have a bunch of old cabinets and retrofitting them sure seems like a good idea.

I am not sure if it is possible, but since the top is a solid core door, maybe you could cut a groove along the back of the top with a router. Making sure it is close to the same width as the cord. If you don’t want to mess with the top, maybe you can feed through the cabinets and use clips to keep tight to either the top or along the back.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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