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We've lived in this house for 10 years. In all that time, we've never had our vehicles inside the garage, not once. The space has always been teetering between dumping-ground and workshop.
I've always envisioned it as my bad-ass workshop, but its certainly a multi-use room.
Bless my sweet wife, she's always happily allowed me my man-cave, without complaint.
Along with general family storage, I've slowly taken the place over with workshop stuff. My tool chest, workbench, the 5-in-one Shopsmith multi-tool, a thickness planer, and my beast-sized, custom-built miter saw bench dominate the garage workshop. I've got wood, hardware, and building material jammed in every nook and cranny. In true Arizona style, I also get to share the space with our laundry facilities.
From a homeowner standpoint, we're at a cool spot in our parenting years. Finally, our youngest is starting to move away from massive kid toys. I started loading the truck with an outgrown bike, unused toy tool benches (2), a booster seat, and other stuff that has been cluttering the garage, unused for a couple years. I had boxes of books and clothing to get rid of as well. I'd making a quick Goodwill run.
I started clearing out the big toys and piles of junk accumulated through the winter, making way for upcoming spring and summer projects. It's incredible just how much stuff gets shoved in there. The biggest task is breaking down cardboard boxes that inevitably get chucked in a corner, too big to fit in the recycling bin, but too unimportant to take a razor knife to right away.
As I got loaded for the Goodwill delivery, a sneaky bastard of a rainstorm tore into the neighborhood. After quickly jamming everything left on the right side of the garage, it was a short sprint through the rain for the cab of the the truck. Better to get the truck under cover than than unload it in the rain.
For the first time ever, I eased the Ridgeline into the garage. I nuzzled the nose right up against the miter saw bench, ever so slightly bumping into the 2x4's.
Now it is a garage, no doubt . Solid proof in the fact that, there was a mid-size, 4x4 pickup parked in it with the big rolling door...
When one builds a monstrous " Economical but Beefy Miter Saw Bench", one needs to consider that a mere 2 inches less depth may be enough to allow for a garage / workshop hybrid. In my case,... the cargo was dry, but water was blowing in through a two foot tall shortcoming in my garage door closing ability.
The rain passed quickly, the front edge of the garage started to dry out, and the truck got loaded.
Pretty soon, I'm going to have to solve this Garage vs. workshop vs. dumping ground quandary. We've got a 16 year old now and only room enough in the driveway for two vehicles. My workshop is going to have to be much more flexible. Unless I figure out where to put another vehicle that will satisfy HOA rules, there's going to be a car in there, probably perpetually coated with a healthy layer of sawdust.
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|It's easier than it looks!|
Apparently, I like to do things completely bass-ackwards. I built this project first in the real world, many-many months before introducing it to the digital realms. I had done a quick and simple pencil and paper sketch in my Moleskine Classic Notebook , before jumping right into sawing lumber, and screwing screws with the Kreg Jig, redesigning and adjusting my half-baked plan as I built.
This bad-ass bench has been in real-word, front-line combat, supporting the mighty DeWalt 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw in its sawdust-spraying missions for quite a while.
|Right before the maiden voyage.|
|This is exactly how Iron Man was designed. Exactly.|
|Because parts is parts|
- Vertical Structure: 10 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 29 1/4" long
- Bins: 4 ea. I actually built these for another project from 1/2" plywood and a 1/4" bottom. I used a dovetail jig, but it's not necessary for simple tool bins. 10.5" wide x 6.5" high x 16.25" long.
- Swivel Castors: 4 ea. I bought these 3" heavy-duty, locking swivel castors at Harbor Freight
- Bin Rack - back stop: 4 ea. - pine 0.5" x 1" x 14.25" (made from planed pallet wood)
- Bin Rack - rails: 8 ea. pine 0.5" x 1" x 21" (made from planed pallet wood)
- Top and Bottom Depth Structure: 10 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 21" long
- Base blocks: 4 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 3.75" long - for mounting the castors
- Top and Bottom cover: 2 ea. 1/2" plywood 24" x 96" (8 feet)
- Top and Bottom Width Structure: 4 ea. 2x4's (1.5" x 3.75" actual) x 96" (8 feet) long
- Work surface Center: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 24"
- Work Surface Right: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 23"
- Work Surface Center: 3/4" White thermally-fused melamine coated particle board 24" x 42"
- Two Drawer File Cabinet: (not shown above)
|No, it's not a Leonardo da Vinci original, but I see how you might think so.|
* All rights reserved - AZ DIY Guy's Projects: . I hereby give license to individuals to build this bench for their own use. My design, plans, images, and model and may not be used for profit without my express permission. This means you Ted's Woodworking Plans.
Gracie knows that projects, even crafting projects, get done in the workshop. I guess this includes the space a few feet in the door, right in the traffic path. Evidently, she does not think workshop etiquette requires any cleanup before returning to the family room to snuggle on the couch and that leaving her trip-hazard strewn minefield is A-OK.
My pint-sized worker had gotten into the wood scrap bin and pulled rocks from her toy pickup truck in the corner. She added some styrofoam, twigs, crayons, about 1.25 miles of frosted tape, and finally, the coup-de-grâce, a sack of acorns collected from the park.
I picked some choice specimens from the scrap pile and used the illustrious Kreg Jig Jr. to screw a sub-shelf together. (Honestly, I look for excuses to make Kreg Jig Projects) I made it shallower than the shelf-pin holes so I could hang the blade-guard of the circular saw below its edge and still get the door shut. It's a better use of vertical space.
|The routers are upside down to protect the bits that are set juuuuuuust right.|
DeWalt DWS7085 Heavy Duty Miter Saw LED Worklight System. It includes a switch assembly, a LED assembly, a T-20 Torx tipped Allen wrench, and an instruction manual.
The manual is short and sweet; it's illustrated and easy to follow. I gave it a quick preview and could tell this was going to be a simple operation. I briefly considered following the French instructions, but decided to use English, since I am admittedly, completely clueless about French.
I locked the saw in the down position to make it easy to reach.
It takes a little fiddling to make sure they are tucked properly in the cavity and the wires don't get pinched. The WPS fits perfectly where the access cover once was.
Again, using the supplied T-20 Torx wrench, I removed the screws holding it, two on each side. The two on the right and the one top left are easy to access from the basic, open position.
Two of mine were also very easy to drop, ricocheting off the floor to hide under and behind nearby stuff. I wonder how DeWalt engineered them to do that. They must have known would be time for me to take a stretch break and crawl around on the floor with my butt in the air, cheek pressed against the concrete looking for hiding screws.
The four T-20 Torx screws taken out earlier (and found hiding under a tricycle) are replaced in the same way they were taken out. A quick test to make sure the blade guard moves easily, and surgery is complete Doctor!
The whole operation took about ten leisurely minutes, including the dropped screws and an interruption from a pint-sized visitor wanting Daddy to whip up some chocolate milk. It was not a serious challenge (the worklight or the chocolate milk); it was a pleasure to install. I suspect anyone that knows "righty-tighty / lefty-loosey" can handle it without sweat. If you see this as a difficult procedure, I submit that you stay away from a tool that includes a 12" carbide-tipped blade, that spins at high RPM.
I'll review this unit soon, when I get a chance to make some sawdust, but I couldn't resist setting the mood in the ole workshop before shutting down for the night:
|Good night sweet prince. May you dream of large boards.|
UPDATE: Check out that sweet shadow line! I'm loving this thing!
|Finally: A good comparison of photography with|
a DSLR camera instead of a camera phone.
Of course I bought the wrong one, not paying attention. I bought the Momentary Power Foot Switch (#96619) rather than the Power Maintained Foot Switch (#96618) that I would have preferred. The difference is that the "momentary" pedal only switches on while your foot is on it, not good for table-saw work, while the "maintained" pedal clicks on and stays on until step on it again.
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