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Project by JSB posted 09-19-2012 05:38 AM 3671 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im on a budget that is shorter than me (5’6” btw). Any time I can find a way to recycle anything of structural value I will. I see so many nice miter saw stations on here that probably cost more than most of my projects. Dont get me wrong here, I would love to have a nice dedicated station but frankly I cannot afford to put much into my shop. So here’s what I did. I found a free dresser that would have otherwise been trashed, spent $6 on some casters and called it a night. Some of you may know that I make quite a few benches so I screwed a sacrificial 2×4 to the fence of my sliding miter saw (wonderful gift from my wife by the way) with all my common bench sizes marked out. Clamp a speed square where needed and repeatable cuts are no problem. If it still has structural strength and its free…get it!
- Jay

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 11:59 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks, JSB.

Nice workstation.

I’m with you on the recycling. Yesterday I made an air compressor cart from a recycled countertop I got for free.

I really like finding dressers people are scrapping because many of them have drawer boxes made from solid maple or oak, or a good grade of plywood. These previously used parts work well in a wide variety of projects. It keeps the material out of a landfill and keeps a bit more cash in my pocket.

You’ve posted some great projects. Good to have you here.


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#2 posted 09-19-2012 12:16 PM

Nice, resourceful project. Welcome to LJ—it’s a great place to learn, tap unlimited knowledge and experience, and find inspiration, not to mention an immeasureable opportunity to live vicariously through other people’s projects. Hang in their on your shop facility, you’ll get where you want eventually.

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 12:33 PM

Great project nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 04:17 PM

I’ve been to the ReStore in town and every time I see an old vanity I keep thinking I could throw a top on it and use it as a table for my tools. After seeing how you’ve done it… Makes me want to go visit the ReStore and chek out those pieces. I’d rather get one FREE though. So I’ll be keeping my eye out.

Great piece!

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 06:26 PM

Great use of my favorite four letter ‘f’ word … FREE! ... Oh, and by the way I stole your tape holder idea … putting one at the back of the workbench and one on the side of the table saw … them pesky critters move around and hide :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 03:07 AM

Very cool setup! How do you like that Kobalt slider?


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#7 posted 09-20-2012 03:43 AM

Speed square stop….I like it!

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 11:20 PM

The kobalt slider is great. No complaints. Only issue is when the dust bag gets full the dust accumulates on the max depth stop causing it to not cut completely when using the stock fence. If used with dust collection or empty the bag regularly its perfect.

-- Jay -

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