I had borrowed a 10" Delta single-bevel miter saw to do the crown molding in the family room. The 10 inch miter saw was a sweet tool. I really wanted something similar for future projects, but wanted to kick it up a notch. It was the next workshop machine on my wish list. The price dropped down a couple hundred dollars, so it was time to strike. My work bench wouldn't fit it and It's not a work on the ground type of tool (although I did mess with it that way for some test cuts). Time to build a miter saw stand. I looked at a lot of plans, watched some YouTube videos, and flipped through some magazines. There are some outstanding plans out there. I don't need a Cadillac; I want a basic truck, a somewhat inexpensive, workhorse without the heated mirrors and leather seats, but with plenty of storage, maybe cupholders.
|Using my Craftsman drill & drive countersinking bit to face screw the base together.|
|Now we're rolling!|
After the first day, I have the base frame roughed in, with wheel's mounted as well as an outer frame constructed for the top. I'll add horizontal support when I figure out where I'll add the verticals. I used the miter saw, on the floor to cut the 2x4's as I worked. It's so much easier than using the table saw to crosscut an unwieldy 8 foot long board. I had to rig up out feed supports to do it. Too bad I don't have a nice miter saw bench to work on yet.
I can tell I'll like it being mobile already. I pushed the thing out of the way to pick up screws, washers, and tools before hitting the whole area with the shop vac. My existing, main workbench is bolted to the wall which makes clean-up difficult.
drilled pocket holes in both ends with my handy new Kreg Jig Jr. The basic frame snapped together in a matter of minutes. A pile of lumber transformed into a bench.
On the right, I've mounted a two drawer file cabinet. It's just a way to make the most of my limited floor space. I keep woodworking magazines and tool manuals in here. It's a place to keep paperwork, protected from saw dust, oil, or paint that inhabit the workshop.
In my quest to be financially conservative on this less than polished piece, I pretty much tore through my stock of leftover screws. To screw the top and bottom sheets of plywood down I grabbed these green coated screws. I'm not sure what they are for since they are so short, maybe for building green fences? Either way, they were my absolute favorite price, free! They came with the house. (Either that, or I just wasted a pile of really expensive screws that came with a free house). It was a moment of nostalgia for me. When he was younger, Jack used to make armies out of these guys when I worked in the garage. He used to build phalanxes of brave camouflaged troops that would go into battle against the oppressive forces of those dastardly, drywall screws, in their fascist charcoal grey. He had a huge bin of real army men in his room, but he loved hanging out in the shop with Daddy, and riding the garage of Nazi scum.
I'm probably not going to finish the edges with the white iron-on edging; this is a workhorse table, not a piece of fine furniture. I'm done with this project for now, it's good enough so that I can use it for various projects, including the long overdue completion of the hallway organizer, which hasn't been touched in about nine months.
I think this turned out pretty good for what I put into it. It probably cost about $50 bucks.
Recipe: Combine 1 sheet of 1/4" plywood, 10 2x4x8 kiln dried studs, two 2'x4' pieces of 3/4" coated MDF, and screws and scraps you have laying around. Measure carefully. Cut many times. Mix it up with various portions of fine toolsmanship. Presto, done! (Well, almost done. I just have to get back to it and finish all those un-done parts later.)
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