Miter Saw Bench/Cabinet - From Jay Bates plans

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Project by Chris posted 01-18-2017 05:12 PM 8044 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted a project in ages because I have been working on this thing for about a year whenever I had a chance. Its not all the way done, but I figured I would post it because I am not sure when I am going to get to the rest with other pressing projects on the horizon.

I used Jay Bates plans (which are great by the way), and modified it a little to fit my needs. The dust collection I had come up with really doesn’t work all that well but very little dust actually gets out of the box behind the saw anyway. I love this thing. There are so many drawers and cubbies that I don’t know what to do. Before I built this I would always have things laying around with no home and I am just the kind of guy that likes things nice and clean and put away to be able to start or work on a project. I try not to be but it is just my nature so this was worth it to me.

Almost everything is constructed with pocket screws and glue, and the drawer fronts are poplar with cedar handles. The wood was salvaged by a friend of mine at a job site and he said the wood was in the burn pile before he pulled it out for me. It worked out great because I really didn’t have the money to buy more plywood for drawer fronts so I just took my time pulling the nails, sanding, and gluing them up. I learned so much from this project and although its not perfect I hope it will last for a long time. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 05:49 PM

Great work! I’m about to get going on the same project.

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 06:41 PM

Should add hours of enjoyment in the shop for you.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 07:10 PM

This is a great shop project. It’s very practical and provides a lot of organization for the shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-18-2017 07:20 PM

Peace of mind is knowing that all of your tools have their own parking space! This build looks like the perfect place to enjoy your work! Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 07:36 PM


great work I been meaning to finally build one with a few tweaks,

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 10:17 PM

Nicely done! I, too, and going to use Jay Bates’ plans and modify mine. Great idea on using the salvaged wood.


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#7 posted 01-18-2017 10:18 PM

Thanks for all the comments. It was a lot of fun and although it was expensive for all the plywood, I would do this again in a heartbeat.

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 10:50 PM

Looks fantastic what a awesome job and I agree Jay’s plans are excellent he does an excellent job with his plans best plans I’ve ever purchased.

-- Thom CT.

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#9 posted 01-18-2017 11:10 PM

Very nice work!

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#10 posted 01-18-2017 11:30 PM

I really like the way that you laid out the work thru the pictures. While I do not want to dedicate the room as such to my Miter saw – what you have done is really well done.

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#11 posted 01-19-2017 05:25 AM

Looks very comfy. I would spend hours there. Great work. Organization is important to me.

-- Nothing is impossible without faith.

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#12 posted 01-19-2017 11:44 AM

How many sheets of plywood did this require?


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#13 posted 01-19-2017 07:24 PM


How many sheets of plywood did this require?

- indplswoodworking

The original plans call for 12 sheets of 3/4 inch, and 3 sheets of 1/2 inch. I got by with 11 3/4 inch sheets of pine plywood from the big orange store at $30 a piece. I used scraps too.

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