New Yankee Miter Bench Vs. Utimate Tool Stand

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Blog series by scarpenter002 updated 12-28-2013 11:56 PM 7 parts 104851 reads 30 comments total

Part 1: Concept

01-26-2009 12:31 AM by scarpenter002 | 4 comments »

So I had always planned to build Norm’s Miter Bench and Storage project in my workshop, but then I ran into the Ultimate Tool Stand. The more I started thinking about it, the more I liked the idea of combining the two concepts into one unit. I am currently planning to recess the miter saw area into the Norm’s bench. I will make the saw removable so that it may be replaced with a router table, portable planer, pocket hole jig, mortiser, sanding station, and bench top. Since the...

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Part 2: Initial Plan

02-03-2009 03:39 AM by scarpenter002 | 13 comments »

So I started playing with Sketchup and came up with the basic concept for this combination bench. Here are few diagrams I put together: Next for the combination of New Yankee Miter Bench/Ultimate Tool Stand, I will add the t-tracks, clamp tracks, miter fence, and create the pocket hole jig insert. Thanks for reading.

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Part 3: Finally Cutting Wood

07-27-2013 09:46 PM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

Well, finally time to advance this blog. It has been more than 4 years ago when I created the last entry on this blog. I was out of the country on business for more than 3 years, causing my shop to be mothballed. Most recently work has been eating into my weekend time. Today I finally started cutting wood on my Miter Bench. After a full morning with my tracksaw and table saw, I had a nice stack of wood, all the 3/4 plywood pieces are ready to go: I spent early afternoon ...

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Part 4: Rabbiting the Wrong Side....Grrrr.

08-04-2013 12:23 AM by scarpenter002 | 4 comments »

Spent much of today cutting up sheets of 1/2” plywood for the drawers on my Miter Bench. Late this afternoon, I setup the dado blade and got to work cutting all the dado’s along the bottom of each drawer part. I carefully marked each side and cut the dados for the backs. I decided to try something new, and use a lock rabbit for the drawer front. I made the 1/4” dado cuts on all the sides, along the front edges. Then I prepared to make the mating cut on the fronts. I ...

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Part 5: Drawers, Drawers and More Drawers

09-02-2013 08:29 PM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

After a number of weekends working around other commitments, I have finally been able to finish the drawers for my new cabinets. Below are a number of progress pictures from my drawer making adventures. Next up, the torsion box tops. I am planning to use 3/4” plywood for the interior supports sandwiched between sheets of 1/2” plywood. Between work and personal commitments, I will probably not be able to start on the tops until the last weekend in Sept...

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Part 6: Torsion Box Bench Tops

12-25-2013 10:04 PM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

After many hours each week of work involving travel out of town, I have finally had some time of vacation over the holidays to work on my bench tops. I decided to build torsion boxes for the bench tops, using 3/4” plywood for the tops and internal grid and 1/2” plywood for the bottom. The internal grid is 2 3/4” wide strips, notched to interlock. They are attached to the 3/4” plywood top with glue and pocket hole screws. The bottom is attached to the grid...

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Part 7: Miter Saw Installation

12-28-2013 11:56 PM by scarpenter002 | 5 comments »

Built and installed the platform for my Miter Saw today: Similar to my bench tops, the platform is a torsion box, made of 3/4 plywood tops, bottoms, and grid work. The grid work is 2 3/4” wide and attached to the top piece with glue and pocket hole screws. The bottom is face screwed to the grid. I also installed 1” X 1/8” steel strips to the bottom to provide support for the levelers: The levelers are installed on the cabinets to allow for various platfo...

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