Norm inspired miter/RAS bench and storage

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Project by HighPointWW posted 01-15-2015 06:36 PM 26804 views 62 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a miter bench and storage for the new shop. As a small shop, I’m trying to consolidate wherever I can. This bench is built basically the same way Norm did, except its not as big, and incorporates a Radial Arm Saw into it, which I use mainly for dados.
The frame and drawer fronts are all 3/4” birch plywood, drawers are 1/2” plywood all with full extension slides.
The top is 2×4 frame, half lapped, with 3/4” plywood and replaceable hardboard top screwed into place.
Project is mostly finished, aside from cutoff bin and tweaking the fence.

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 07:03 PM

Looks great!

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 07:23 PM

Hello HighPointWW

Looks great

I want the same

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 07:25 PM

Nice work.
It will serve you well.
Thanks for sharing..
Your shop looks nice, and it is way too clean!

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 08:08 PM

Sweet ! Want one !

-- "Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery"

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 09:30 PM

Very nicely done, allot of us don’t take the time to organize and spend out time looking for things instead. I thing you solution saves time in the long run and looks fantastic and feels great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-15-2015 09:31 PM

hey bro!

that is a nice miter saw work station…

i bet you are just setting up your shop and its turning out really beautiful.

i am also in the process of setting mine and almost halfway….i under estimated the electrical layout…coz recently i got a 5HP speedaire compressor and my line isn’t sufficient to power it!


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#7 posted 01-15-2015 10:21 PM

only wish i had the room for that

-- phil crannick

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#8 posted 01-16-2015 12:18 AM

Stellar job on the mitersaw / radial saw station…..Looks a lot like mine..I built mine about 10 years ago….One thing I would encourge you to do, and that’s to put a fence on the right side of the chop saw on the smaller table…..You’ll be able to get full use of the whole table…...Here’s a couple of pictures of mine….I

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#9 posted 01-16-2015 03:14 AM

What were the dimensions you used? I would like to build something similar, just not sure it would fit in the space I have.
Looks great!

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#10 posted 01-16-2015 05:35 AM

Looks fantastic and a great way to incorporate two tools.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 07:28 AM

Very well done. Drawers are way better than shelves in my opinion. I have 34 drawers in my shop and I know if I had shelves half of my stuff would be in the far reaches of out of sight.. Awesome job sir

-- Wayne Ryan, Texas Blanks, Blanks

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#12 posted 01-16-2015 10:42 AM

Thank you everyone for the positive comments.
Rick..very similar design and idea! The toughest part for me was fitting the RAS into the design.
Nittanylion, I didn’t make mine nearly as big as Norms. Beings my shop is only 14×28 I compacted it a bit. Also, this is the only thing ‘not’ on wheels, so I tried to take up as little real estate as possible. I made mine about 12’ wide, 40” high, and 30” deep. The depth was driven by the RAS. The width could have been wider to the right of the SCMS, but I will be building a router table and placing it to the right of the cabinet which will also act as material support for the SCMS.

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#13 posted 01-16-2015 01:48 PM

Great workstation, and a nice clean looking shop. Actually, too clean. I’ve alerted the proper authorities and they will be by with a bucket of sawdust and screws to take care of the matter ;) Nice work!

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#14 posted 01-16-2015 02:12 PM

Great work, I need to make one of these. How did you do the dust collection for RAS?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 01-16-2015 02:29 PM

Stupid question: What’s the wheel for in front of the RAS? Does that change the height of the saw?

Are you concerned about the plywood under the miter saw flexing? I would have used a little more support, but that’s just me.

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