I’ve been using my 12 inch miter saw clamped to a bench, and using a 2×4 clamped to that same bench as a part support. It worked, but it really sucked. I needed it all squared away.
I also had a second problem in that I don’t have a lot of shop storage. So I decided to hit two birds with one stone, and create a great miter bench with built-in storage.
My first step was to design the thing in Sketchup. Let me take a brief moment to sing the praises of Sketchup. I really love this program. I use ViaCad for other 3-D design, but when it comes to woodworking, I keep returning to Sketchup. It has a short learning curve, it is intuitive, and it is darned easy to use. It does have problems, it is not as precise as other CAD, y
ou are not going to get tolerances in the thousandths. It doesn’t offer physics that let you rotate parts together to see how they work. But for woodworking, or even designing a greenhouse, this program rocks! If you want to learn more, check out the Sketchup website.
So here’s a snapshot of my Sketchup drawings. First there is a basic cabinet carcass. Then, I bolt the carcasses together, and screw on a tabletop frame. Then I add two layers of 3/4 inch MDF to create a flat surface on top. (Click on the images to enlarge them)