Murphy Bed Side Cabinets #6: Construction Delay - Shop Upgrade and Outside activities.

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 06-07-2009 07:06 PM 1208 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a few days since I have been able to work on the cabinets. I did some shopping for drawer material and in the process found some wood that will look like mahogany when stained and did not cost an arm and a leg. I am going to use it for the upper face frame as well as the false fronts for the drawers.

Since I am an ex-truck driver and live in a rural area I have a friend that farms and about this time of year I help out hauling his grain to the elevator so that has started and I hauled 3 days last week before the rain put a halt to things but it looks like we will be back in business sometime today.

In the mean time I got had put an order in for some new rails for my Grizzly table saw and those arrived this week also.

So for the last couple of days I have been modifying the shop a little. I installed the new 7’ rails and legs and then wanted to upgrade my out feed table and add a table in the open space of the new rails.

My old out feed table was a single sheet of melamine covered particle board and had developed a bow. I took it off and installed some mounting cleats around the outside of the cabinet to replace the small angle brackets that I originally used with some 2×2 mounting cleats. I mounted the plywood from the under side and then cut a sheet of 3/4 MDF to install on top of the plywood that can be replaced when ever I need to. I used three pieces and placed them to correspond with the location of the miter slots on the table saw and then put a 45 degree on the edges. I also made a frame for to attach to the new extension rails and put in a 3/4 MDF top on the right side of the saw.

I put on 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal and let it dry and then a heavy coat of Johnson’s past wax to keep glue from sticking and to give me a nice slick surface.

Extension Rails and Outfeed Table

Extension table

Outfeed Table

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 08:34 PM

Hey Gene
Looks super. This will make work much easier.

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 09:13 PM

Good thinking about making room for the mitre slots on the run -out table…that is the sort of thng I’d forget about undtil I wnt to use the saw..LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 09:16 PM

Great looking improvements. I had a saw just like that when I had my own cabinet shop. Did the same thing you did. Made it nice to handle everything yourself when no one around to help you.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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