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I finally updated my North wall of my basement shop. The basic construction is maple ply boxes that I built with pocket screws. I took apart an Ikea wall unit and used its sides as doors, so a lot of the doors are peppered with shelf pin holes, but hey, they are on the inside. I used iron on maple veneer for the door edges.

So this gave me a lot of storage, as I like things covered from the dust. I have not put an extra fence for the miter saw yet as I really don’t use it that much. But now that it has a home this may change. I like having that large flat open top for things like my vacuum press, so I don’t want to mess it up with a big long fence. Maybe a removable one?


-- I'm no rocket surgeon

So where is the problem ?
Everything has to be somewhere and this I would call a multi function
work bench assembly table and a fine place to store too many tools .
Great job recycling and putting it to good use

Hi Steve. Just stopped by to say Hello.
A great station. I do also like the removable fence idea. But it seems that you have already chopped maple for the next generations.

Thanks People.
Those photos were from when I just had built it. The magnetic attraction has already started to happen. Here is a photo from today. I am building 25 kitchen cabinet doors and have started roughing out the frames out of hard maple. Starting with rough stock, it is a bunch of work.

I put a new Freud cutoff blade in the chop saw, what a difference. Also installed a shelix assembly in my jointer – again what a joy to use.


-- I'm no rocket surgeon

Nice job on this addition, Steve. The fence addition really will come into use only if you cut trim and moldings and will take up space otherwise. And putting the bed of the saw level with the bench is the way to go. I did not go this route and had to put an auxiliary fence on my bench, which ate up valuable bench space. But I did put drawers in the wings of the fence for additional storage.

That looks good, Steve. Maybe you could fabricate a simple, long block to rest against the wall, fitted so the outer edge is at a fence distance from the wall. You could add toggle clamps on top of it to act as stops for repeat cuts, or a screwed-down block in a movable T-track.. Use the block sort of like an outrigger bench hook idea, to move along the wall whatever distance from the cutting table you need. Store it away when not needed.

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Nice and clean Steve. But you know what happens with any horizontal surface…….lol
I agree with Paul, no additional fence. You can always clamp a stop on the side tables if you need repetitive cuts.

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Very nice Steve…..and cleaner than my kitchen for sure. Great use of ikea stuff in my opinion…..
I like the removable fence idea, at least on the left side…..like Dan said….

-- Jeff

Hey Steve, I like the setup and don’t make a long fence. You just don’t need it and it will always be in the way (IMHO). I’ve had a bench like yours for my miter saw for years and have never found a need of a fence longer than the one on the saw. The shop is looking good.

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