Shop Reorganization = New Miter Saw Station and Lumber Storage

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 09-08-2018 12:11 AM 2089 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new table saw, and the desire for it to be truly stationary, led to a total shop reorganization. One of the moves I made was to move my M.S. station from the back wall to a side wall. As my previous setup – picture 6 – was designed for mobility (this was prior to my wife accepting the garage was NOT a place for cars), I took the opportunity to construct a freestanding station. I constructed a router table and a rotating cabinet to live under the wings of my previous station and like them both. I kept them and designed the new station around them.

The miter saw was previously housed in a repurposed tv cabinet. I decided to build a new house for it as well. I further decided not to build cabinets or drawers above the fence, but rather use that space as lumber storage. I laminated 2×4s and screwed them into studs. I used a Forstner bit and drilled holes for conduit ala Jay Bates.

The new station is primarily constructed from 3/4” ply that the local Lowe’s had on sale. I banded all edges with pine. I also used pine for the drawer fronts. I initially was going to go with a fancier wood, but decided that as I primarily work with pine, I should stay true to who I am. I gave all the pine a few coats of polycrylic for some protection. I built the drawer pulls from pine cutoffs.

The large drawer front directly below the saw is a false front that hides a hardboard funnel that directs all cutoffs and sawdust into the large cutoff drawer below. In addition to the drawers, the large bottom hinged cabinet on bottom right holds my rarely used air compressor and a few other large items that never really had a home.

I still need to update my fence to match and to accommodate the full 8 feet of capacity I now have on the left side of the saw. The small cabinet top on the right side is perfect for my belt/disc sander.

I now have lots of new drawers that I’m sure will fill up quickly. All in all, I am very pleased.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-08-2018 02:19 PM


Stellar job on the building of the new miter station…..It will be a good addition to your shop….One can never have enough storage for tools and such….You did a nice job with the arrangements of your tools and cabinets….Thanks for posting…..A lot of folks can get some good ideas from this…..!!! I like shop projects, and like building them, also….!!

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

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#2 posted 09-08-2018 02:42 PM

OK, first It a grand way way that you set this up. I love your rack for storing boards behind the work station. Simple, strong and cheap way to store wood.

I set my compound Miter Box saw up as a mobile station so that it can be rolled out into the driveway. It has a belt sander and small drill press on the back side of it and sits on a rolling cabinet tool box.

It looks like you put a lot of thought into the station. Really nice shop sir.

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