Shop update #35 (6-27-18)

I don’t know if I have mentioned it on here but one of my other side businesses besides this one is event photography.  I shoot smaller weddings, gatherings, and car shows.

On Saturday I shot a co-worker’s wedding and then got to our local Picnic in the Park event just in time for the fireworks.

On Sunday I went over to a friend’s house and we built a mitre saw station in a small workspace/shed in his back yard.  He has just recently started getting into woodworking and bought the Steve Ramsey Weekend Woodworker class.  It is a perfect format for him.  He can work on it in his spare time and watch and follow the videos at his own pace.  (We are both very busy and don’t get to spend as much time together as we used to.) He has reached the point where he is going to be using the miter saw heavily and I had mentioned to him at our last meeting that I would like to make one so I built a quick model of his shop in Sketchup and designed a miter saw station, a long workbench next to it for a drill press and a couple of sanders, a shop stand for a future bandsaw, and the basic mobile workbench (BMW) that he has already built from Steve’s plans.

The station is 36″ tall, 24″ deep, and 100″ wide and is built from 13 – 2×4’s and 1 full sheet of 3/4″ plywood.  He had already picked up all the lumber and had the home center cut the plywood in half along the long length.

I got to his house around 10:00 am and we got started setting up all the tools.  We built the station by cutting all the 2×4’s to length first.  I would show him how I like to setup and make the first cut and then he would follow and make all the rest.  We had everything cut to length, marked, and organized by noon so we took a break for lunch.  After lunch we started on the assembly with the same process of me showing him my process for putting together a part and then him building the rest of that step.  Once we had the carcass built we setup the saw horses outside the shop and I taught him my process for cutting plywood.  We double checked the measurements for the shelves and had to adjust a couple places to allow for the 2×4’s not being perfectly straight.  We got everything cut to size and mounted by 7:00 pm.  It made for a long day but it has been quite a while since I was able to get a full project built in one day and I was very satisfied with this build.

Full plans for the mitre saw station can be found HERE and the video of us building it should be ready in 2 to 3 weeks.

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