Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Woodworking for Wargamers: Miter Saw Bench Change of Plans, Post 6
Why the radical change? At 96 inches the bench would "just" fit into the space I allocated for it but would be hard to maneuver in and out. Rather then contend with hard to move beast, I decided to shorten the bench so it pops in and out easily - kind of like a sports car. The tradeoff for ease of use is more build complexity as I need to add some foldable arms on each end to support longer stock.
So do as I say and not as I do when it comes to shop organization.
Newly Discovered Youtube Channel
RedneckDIY - This guy reminds me of home (I grew up in the deep south of America). What I really like is his pace - it's deliberate but really informative. A lot of woodworking you tubers skip over some of the tedious details - this guy really walks you through them. The out-takes at the end of each video are fun to watch also. The presenter made a three part set of videos on a miter saw sled which maybe the inspiration for my shortened one. A note of caution here - he can sometimes be a bit coarse, not really vulgar but not always prim and proper Yankee style talk.
One last point - why build a workbench as part of a series called "woodworking for wargamers"? Well a couple reasons:
- I needed one (that's a pretty good reason)
- The most important tool in a workshop is the bench so learning to build one is a very good starting point
- It's just a workbench, so doesn't have to look like heirloom furniture
- There's not that much difference between a top end game table and a work bench structurally