Miter Saw Station #1: Cabinet Construction

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 03-03-2014 12:24 AM 4969 reads 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In Fine Woodworking magazine’s Winter 2014 Tool & Shops annual issue, Robert O’Brien shared his various shop work stations, including a chop saw station. As I studied it, I came to really like it, and decided to build one identical to it. It incorporates a shelf for the miter saw, flanked by a set of two base cabinets. There is a lot of work involved in this build and after a good start; I decided to post this as a blog series. If done timely, the first post would have shown cabinet construction. Since I am already past that, I will provide a brief description of how it played out.

I made four base cabinets from ¾” birch plywood. The boxes have two sides with a rabbet at the top and bottom to receive those elements and the back is set into a dado milled on all four pieces. Glue and screws hold everything together. The face frames are solid maple milled to about 2 inches wide and joined via glue and pocket screws. The face frames are attached to the carcasses (carcases if you prefer) with glue and biscuits. Each cabinet has an opening for a drawer and a door beneath it. Two cabinets were screwed to each other making the two sets.

Next, I built a base for each set of cabinets. I used pressure treated 2×6 and faced it with poplar. I leveled the cabinets with shims and screwed them into wall studs. The cabinets and the base received two coats of oil-based polyurethane. Here are a few photos. Next, the shelf and counter tops.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 12:38 AM

Nice job Lenny.
I recently did a wall like this. Best thing about it is the amount of storage that you get.

You really seem to do a nice job with these.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 12:44 AM

Lenny; That is looking awesome. Makes me want to redo my current set up.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 12:53 AM

Lookin good from here ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 12:54 AM

Great work, Lenny. This kind of cabinet makes the miter saw cuts so much easier.
I like your miter saw too ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 01:03 AM

Thanks everyone. Steve, the additional storage space is all part of a larger scheme. I’m looking forward to getting several items in a proper drawer or cabinet tray. Ellen, you wouldn’t have a biased perspective on the saw would you?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 02:01 AM

you did a really nice job here lenny, your cabinet building skills are top notch and im glad to see this is a digital free project..:)..and as ellen has said, the saw is really nice too.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 02:48 AM

Looks great, I agree it makes using the saw so much easier

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 02:57 AM

really nice!

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 03:14 AM

Great build on a very useful project. The cabinets and face frames came out great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 04:14 AM

Nice Level surfaces….you probably used angle iron with tapped set screws to do the leveling…am I right?
I’ll be bringing over all my projects for my cuts now that you have that great station!!!!!


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 06:07 AM

So how do you like that Bosch Glide?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#12 posted 03-03-2014 11:50 AM

Thanks guys. Paul, how did you ever guess? runwithscissors, I haven’t used the saw a lot yet but it seems to be a dream miter saw. I threw in a 90-tooth Forrest blade and it cuts beautifully. The chopping and sliding actions are flawless and leave wonderfully smooth end grain. So far, no regrets…just smiles.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 03-03-2014 01:50 PM

Nice setup Lenny.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 12:47 AM

You’re off to a great start Lenny! You’ll have a lot of storage space as well as in feed & Out feed tables for your miter saw.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 03-04-2014 01:53 AM

Thanks Lorna.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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