Making a dedicated miter station has been something on my to do list for quite a while. And now is finally the time to tackle this project. My goals were to maximize the available space with lots of tool storage, create a dedicated space for the miter saw, to add inbuilt tape measure, and t-tracks for a stop block. With that in mind, I designed the miter station and realized it was going to be a really big build.
With each project I do, I usually manage to get a few more tools. Most of these are small tools or jigs, but finding an organized space for them was becoming a big problem. To fix this, I decided the first step of this build would be to make a sturdy cabinet with tons of drawers. After making my 3D model, I decided to make 8 drawers for this cabinet.
Making the cabinet box went fast, with the sides, bottom and divider all coming together with some supports. But then it was time to make the drawers. It was at this point I realized how many pieces I needed to cut, sand, and assemble. It was definitely a lot, but as it all came together, I was more than happy with the plan.
Now, I know there are simpler ways to make a miter station or create storage space for tools. But, there are a couple reasons I felt that this was a better option. One, I spend a fair amount of time in my garage/workshop, and I want it to look and feel nice. A basic 2x4 frame with a platform works well, but it is just not the same as having finished cabinets with soft close drawers. Second, making shop projects is great practice. You can learn new skills, refine old ones, and get better for projects that will be inside the main house.
Overall, this was a fun build, and just the start of my mega miter station!