Norms Miter Bench and Storage - 130 Long Days or The Art of Making Things Look Square

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Project by sIKE posted 07-23-2008 04:58 AM 35288 views 74 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after many trails and tribulations I finally completed this project. The drawer fronts were very discouraging as I soon discovered that 3 of 5 of my cabinet sides were not square. This meant that each drawer front had to be custom cut to fit the space it was in. Thanks to my father-in-laws help with a third hand that made this frustrating ordeal go much faster. All said in done I now have plenty of storage under the bench this is going to help me greatly with the organization of my shop.

Next up getting the RAS in its home between the sink and the Miter Bench. You can see the space in the third picture. It is all ready for the DC system already.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-23-2008 05:32 AM


What a great job you did here!

This should offer you a world of convenience and usefulness.

It really looks great.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-23-2008 05:45 AM

Very nice, makes me wish I had room for something like that much less actually having that much storge and work space. Great job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 07-23-2008 06:49 AM

That’s very impressive … good work! I love the cut away behind the saw to catch all the dust.

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#4 posted 07-23-2008 06:50 AM

So much for those clamping squares I see hanging on the wall! A true artisan knows how to effectively hide their flaws, and from the great looking results here, I’d say you’re a true artisan. I’d love to have this in my shop if I had the room—square or not.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#5 posted 07-23-2008 06:51 AM

Looks like a great addition to your shop! Well done.

-- - Ray

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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 07-23-2008 10:52 AM

Now all you need is your check shirt lol, great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 07-23-2008 12:08 PM

Fantastic looking work area sIKE. I love the look of the bead board on the walls. I do have one suggestion for you. Ease the corners in the cut out for the Miter saw. If you don’t you are sure to have multiple hip and love handle bruises. Enjoy the fruits of your labors.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 07-23-2008 01:57 PM

Very nice work, I also like the bead board.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Greg Wurst

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#9 posted 07-23-2008 02:25 PM

I’d maim somebody for that kind of room in my shop. Very jealous.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 07-23-2008 02:44 PM

Thanks all, it has been frustrating project. I have been working on the shop since March of last year, I think of all of the projects from siding to roofing to painting, to interior build out this silly project has taken the most time and even more of my patience. But I am most happy now that it is done!


The cut a away is not working as week as I had hoped it now causes about 20% of the dust to blow out the front back at the operator, I have been chewing on a re-design of the DC for this but it is gonna have to wait for a bit as I am anxious to get back to woodworking and not shop build out.


Those are new, Norms “Deluxe Router Station” better be square [email protected]*mn it!


Thanks for the suggestion, will do!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 07-23-2008 05:56 PM

Now that’s a place to work from great storage and plenty of work space…if I may offer a suggestion on the temper hardboard finish two coats of sand and sealer and when cured a coat of paste wax. This is a finish I have used over the years on hardboard and MDF it’s a perfect finish and will stand the test of time. Thanks for posting Blkcherry

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 07-23-2008 06:05 PM

Looks like a great storage system.
Mine is next on my list.
What are the little drawers for along the back?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 07-23-2008 06:27 PM

The drawers on top of the bench were not a part of the plans. Scott Bryan suggested that I turn the wasted space into small drawers. They are small drawers that I divided into bins, you can see better pictures of them in my blog of this project.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 07-23-2008 06:49 PM

The small drawers on top are a great idea. Very efficient. Wish I had the space for this type of setup. Good work. Should keep the the tools safe and clean.

You need to start gettin’ it dirty. :) Throw some sawdust on there.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#15 posted 07-23-2008 07:07 PM

I spent 20 minutes getting the area clean for these pics, it was covered in sawdust and other stuff that just likes to lie on bench. One of the things that I have already learned, is with the miter saw cut being on top of the bench I am able to put things in front of it and still be able to make my cuts when needed.

Speaking of cuts the saw is in desperate need of a good blade, this is the one am thinking about getting. Any opinions?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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