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Miter Station cabinet build via The Wood Whisperer Guild

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Project by kennymac posted 06-06-2019 01:33 PM 5055 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,
Since my move to central Florida a few years ago I’ve been spending my time setting up my garage workshop. Either I am incredibly slow or it’s a lot of work building out a workshop space (or both!). The white wall cabinets were my first real project in this space and I finished them up last December. Then I turned my sites to the miter station.

I’m new to the wood whisperer guild, the miter station was my first project I got over there. I signed up for the tool cabinet build too but I other than watching a few of the videos Matt Cremona created I’ve haven’t touched that project yet, not even sure I am going to build that.

So as Marc says this is essentially three storage cabinets that happen to have a miter saw installed in it, and I needed the storage! No fence, there’s 8’ of Incra track to the left and 4’ to the right along with home made stop blocks. Like Marc’s build I had some cherry I brought down from upstate NY that wasn’t doing anything so I used that for the drawer fronts, door rails and stiles and for the edging on the tops.

The cabinets have 10 drawers, all 3/4” baltic birch plywood construction (okay the bottoms are 1/4 BB). The two left cabinets have a total of 8 full extension pull out trays made from the same 3/4” BB plywood and the doors are 1/4” BB plywood panels with the cherry parts. Somehow the vacuum fits perfectly underneath the saw with less that 1/2” of room to spare. I am thinking in the future when I upgrade my dust collection I may build a dust collection shroud or hood for behind the saw. Currently this thing spews dust but I just wear a mask when using it and shop vac the area once I am done.

I love the finished project, it really looks great to my eye. As Marc says in his video, of all the furniture in his house his shop furniture is the things he’ll use and see the most. I agree, as I get to spend most of my time in the shop I really like the idea of these cabinets and miter station being so visually appealing.

One last word, I would like to recommend the Wood Whisperer Guild to anyone who enjoy’s a challenging and informative online class. Marc’s style is great, he’s a real natural in front of the camera. I was not only entertained but also I learned a lot from the build. Could I have built this without the class? Sure, I think so, the white cabinet build in the background was a design of my own, and over engineered to the max. That said I built exactly what Marc demonstrated and I was very pleased with the results. Thanks to Marc Spagnuolo and to everyone at the Wood Whisperer, I will continue to take his classes and draw inspiration for him.





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-06-2019 05:04 PM

nice setup with lots of storage which is always in demand.yeah shops are a lot of work setting up,ive been building mine for the last 28 years-lol.well the thing is there never really done,i just modified mine again.enjoy the process.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 06:46 PM

Kennymac,

That is exceptionally well done. From the pictures you have a great addition to your shop. Now on to a workbench!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 07:00 PM

Do the t-tracks work ok or do they fill with sawdust, etc?

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 07:30 PM

Nice work. That is a lot of wall space I don’t have. Looks real good.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 06-07-2019 02:06 PM

That cherry is gorgeous. I’m tempted to say it’s too nice for the shop, but that’s not a judgement for me to make. ;-)

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 06-07-2019 02:12 PM



Do the t-tracks work ok or do they fill with sawdust, etc?

- BobWhiteneck

No problem with the tracks filling with junk, and I clean the area up pretty regularly anyway. I think they would have to really be loaded down with crap before it affected the operation, and I have another old shop vac nearby anyway.

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#7 posted 06-10-2019 03:19 AM

Very nice job Kennymac. Looks perfect. I also got that project (free with the Book Pre-order) but have to tear out the inefficient cabinets that are already there first, so it will be a while, but I can enjoy looking at yours :)

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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kennymac

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#8 posted 06-10-2019 06:18 PM



Very nice job Kennymac. Looks perfect. I also got that project (free with the Book Pre-order) but have to tear out the inefficient cabinets that are already there first, so it will be a while, but I can enjoy looking at yours :)

- EricLew

If you’re going to build this project let me warn you to take a little more time planning than I did. I decided as this was my first Wood Whisperer project to follow his directions to the letter. Nothing wrong with doing that however I didn’t take enough time considering the saw I have and the depth it requires. If you look at the second picture you’ll see where I had to build out the cabinets roughly 6” off the wall to accommodate the saw. Also when you get into the build Marc talks about the doors and how he kept all three doors the same size for the sake of teaching and simplicity. I build the doors to the exact dimensions of the cabinets. Finally each of my drawers ended up being slightly undersized for the cabinet. Again I took the measurements off the plans for the drawer box pieces and cut them out before I finished assembling the cabinets. Given the variation in BB plywood those dimension can only be finalized after you have the cabinet assembled and you take the exact measurement. It all worked out fine, I shimmed the drawer slides to the boxes and spaced the cabinets off the wall to better fit my saw. It all certainly worked out great however in retrospect I would have been better served taking a little more planning time.

To Marc’s credit he talks at length about assessing your saw and adjusting the plans. Also he repeatedly mentions taking measurements off of your cabinets before you commit to particular cuts along the way. Guess I should have heeded his warnings

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#9 posted 06-11-2019 02:33 AM

Thanks, Yes I am familiar with his warnings and advise :) The only other Guild project I have so far is the jewelry box. I watched all those videos a few times before I even bought the wood, was really glad I did that, avoided some issues by knowing they were coming ahead of time.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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