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Project by kdc68 posted 06-30-2018 12:44 PM 2048 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Flip top sanding station is made from Menards cheapo birch plywood and poplar. I researched a lot and found this from Lance http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82986. I really liked the double plywood sides and hardware he used. Watch the video on his build. I used the same hardware; full extension 100 lb drawer slides, and rides on a Harbor Freight mobile base.

My miter saw station before was just hooked up to a shop vac. It worked ok, the vac got a lot of the dust but I had to sweep behind it after a few uses. I have since added a hood connected to a dust collector. As seen in the pictures I made a whole new top with the built in hood.
The new top and built in hood is made from 3/4” and 1/4” melamine wrapped with maple edging. The curtain is from stripcurtaindirect off eBay who sells it by the foot. The dust collector port is the Mini Dust Hood from Rockler’s. To keep the power cord inside the curtain area, I have it ran through a grommet which is mounted into the side of the hood.
I was limited to how far forward to bring the hood because of the fence system. The curtain does its job by keeping the blow back inside the hood area and doesn’t interfere with the operation of the saw. Overall, it works pretty good and I don’t have to sweep behind the saw anymore.

Table saw storage cabinet is made from Menards cheapo birch plywood and poplar. The bottom drawer houses all my blades and inserts. Made from 1/2 mdf and has removable 1/8 Masonite dividers. All three drawers work great to keep all organized. 100 lb full extension drawer slides and rides on a Harbor Freight mobile base.

This planer cabinet is made from cheapo Menards birch plywood, 3/4 melamine, and poplar. I thought a pull out shelf would work good as a place to stack the boards as they are being ran through the planer. Two big drawers for the hand held power tools. All 100 lb full extension slides. Rides on a Harbor Freight mobile base.

I had leftover 3/4 melamine that was the perfect size for a new drill press table. The old was a bit wore out. I added a Rockler drill press fence a while ago. A bit pricey but works great.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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Joe

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#1 posted 06-30-2018 02:14 PM

You have a great looking shop, everything well organized and convenient. You’ve put a great deal of thought into the placement of each tool and it’s surrounding area. Your table and storage cabinet’s design and construction are excellent. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas, projects and jigs. You are very inspiring to the rest of us.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 06-30-2018 03:01 PM

GREAT IMPROVMENTS :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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kdc68

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#3 posted 06-30-2018 03:03 PM



You have a great looking shop, everything well organized and convenient. You ve put a great deal of thought into the placement of each tool and it s surrounding area. Your table and storage cabinet s design and construction are excellent. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas, projects and jigs. You are very inspiring to the rest of us.

- Joe

Thank you Joe. I do put a great deal of time and thought into everything in the shop. Never content as I’d like to be but always trying to make it better

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#4 posted 06-30-2018 03:04 PM



GREAT IMPROVMENTS :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks Tony !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Tooch

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#5 posted 06-30-2018 05:09 PM

Awesome stuff. Projects that help with organization are always investments into your future projects, too. Great looking shop

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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kdc68

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#6 posted 06-30-2018 05:16 PM



Awesome stuff. Projects that help with organization are always investments into your future projects, too. Great looking shop

- Tooch

Thank you !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 06-30-2018 05:56 PM

Stellar job on the build of the shop tools…..Everything in it’s place and a place for everything….I like a clean, organized shop, and this fits the bill…..I especially like the miter saw station w/ the dust hood and curtain…..Very, very nice….Thanks for posting your great work you did on your shop….!!

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

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-30-2018 05:57 PM

That is a great machine base. It’s wonderful addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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kdc68

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#9 posted 06-30-2018 06:03 PM


Stellar job on the build of the shop tools…..Everything in it s place and a place for everything….I like a clean, organized shop, and this fits the bill…..I especially like the miter saw station w/ the dust hood and curtain…..Very, very nice….Thanks for posting your great work you did on your shop….!!

- Rick Dennington

Thanks Rick !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#10 posted 06-30-2018 06:04 PM



That is a great machine base. It s wonderful addition to your shop.

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Handtooler

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#11 posted 06-30-2018 06:04 PM

Magnificent improvements to your shop. You’ve really done yourself proud with the cabinets for so many of your tools and supplies.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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kdc68

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#12 posted 06-30-2018 06:08 PM



Magnificent improvements to your shop. You ve really done yourself proud with the cabinets for so many of your tools and supplies.

- Handtooler

Thank you Russell !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 06-30-2018 09:02 PM

Good improvements to your shop. Ones you will appreciate as work with them in the future. Nice work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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kdc68

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#14 posted 06-30-2018 09:41 PM



Good improvements to your shop. Ones you will appreciate as work with them in the future. Nice work!

- woodbutcherbynight

Thank you !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 06-30-2018 10:06 PM

Nice work very well thought out shop improvements,

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