Adding Storage Drawers To The Miter Saw Station

Drawers! Drawers! Drawers! I love using drawers for storage. I mentioned in my end of 2013 shop tour in my last shop that if I were to start over with a new shop I would use drawers every chance I could instead of cabinets with doors. Here we are a year and three months later and I’m doing just that. My miter saw station/storage wall build will incorporate 20 drawers and one slide out shelf giving me a ton of storage to get organized and hopefully more productive.

I have a detailed set of plans for this completed miter saw station available at the bottom of this post.

My recent cheap Chinese plywood nightmare really opened my eyes to disappointing and possibly unsafe Chinese plywood and because of that I’m using PureBond birch hardwood plywood for this build. This entire miter saw station is sponsored by PureBond hardwood plywood which is an absolutely perfect fit for me. If you aren’t familiar with PureBond it’s a non toxic, soy based plywood made in the USA and Canada. And because it utilizes a soy-based technology it is a much safer alternative to toxic, formaldehyde-based resins. It’s available exclusively at the Home Depot. After completing this phase of the build and having cut up 11 full sheets so far I’m so glad to be working with it.

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In the first phase of this miter saw station build I constructed all of the cabinet carcasses and the saw work surface. The first step in the drawer phase was to mount all 3.75 million of the drawer slides. Technically, I used 23 pairs of slides but man did it feel like a lot more than that. Luckily installing them isn’t too difficult. The easiest thing you can do is cut a few spacer blocks to easily locate all of the slides without measuring. Just use the blocks to locate the slide and secure it with the included screws. I tried to change things up a bit and was going for a cinematic feel in the video which is the reason why these images may look a little different than my typical images. Let me know your thoughts on that aspect as well!

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Working my way down from the top the process is incredibly smooth. The drawer slides I am using are from Outwater Plastics. They have the best prices I’ve found on full extension slides. If you know of cheaper prices let us know in the comments below!

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And here they are all installed and extended. I extended every one just for pictures and then immediately put them back. It wouldn’t be long with them sticking out until I would somehow accidentally bend one of them.

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This project was a great learning experience for perfecting a technique to cut full size sheet goods on my table saw. I didn’t use my circular saw at all in this project which is a first when working with full size sheet goods. I couldn’t have done this without my super easy infeed support arms. They really make this process a lot safer and easier on me.

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I wanted to rip as much of the plywood along the long direction as possible. It’s just much easier to only have to worry about plywood that is 48” to the left of the fence instead of ripping along the short direction. So that meant a lot of long strips made on the table saw.

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The miter saw station isn’t complete yet but that doesn’t mean I can’t use it to finish the job. Clamping a speed square to the work surface makes a great stop block for repeatable cuts. Once complete I’ll incorporate a t-track and stop block system to the left of the blade.

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Joinery is a hot topic with woodworkers these days. I’m more of a function over fashion kinda guy and because I’ve never in my life had a pocket hole joint fail on me that’s the route I went. It’s really hard to beat the production speed of using them. Especially with my Foreman. Unfortunately I did break the drill bit with about 25% of the pocket holes still to go. I used my K4 to finish the pocket holes.

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After cutting all the pocket holes for the drawer pieces I turned my attention to the drawer bottoms. This is one area I simply could not get around ripping along the short direction of the plywood. To make the process a little easier and safer I secured some wood to one of my I-Beam sawhorses at the same level as the table saw. This would carry the weight of the plywood and all I had to do was make sure to feed it correctly through the saw.

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I did have a few panels that were about 24” wide and 96” long. Those measurements aren’t too safe to crosscut on the table saw so I used the miter saw. With a stop block setup I can cut, flip the board, and cut again to easily crosscut to a repeatable length. I believe I can get a full 26” or 27” crosscut on this miter saw by using this method.

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Finally all the pieces were cut and assembly could begin.

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I use glue on all of my pocket hole joints.

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Standard pocket hole construction. I use the pocket holes in the front and back pieces of the drawer with the pocket holes facing the outside. That way there are no pocket holes on the inside of the drawers. The pocket holes on the front of the drawer will be covered by the drawer front and the pocket holes on the back of the drawer will only be seen if the drawer is completely removed and turned around.

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For drawer bottoms I used 3/4” plywood secured directly to the bottom of the box with glue, a couple brads to hold its position, and a bunch of 2” wood screws. Attaching them to the drawer slides is super easy. I picked up this method from John Heisz. Use spacers to position the drawer exactly where you want it inside the cabinet and insert the drawer.

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Then pull out the drawer and drawer slides just enough to get screws in the first holes on the slides. Continue the process until you have the entire slide attached to the drawer and remove the spacer blocks.

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Then another spacer can be added to the top of the first drawer and the entire process is repeated. It’s quite easily actually.

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After a long days work of building and installing I had a very rewarding sight. Lots of drawer storage!! So exciting :)

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The bottom right cabinet is the largest in this miter saw station and also has the least amount of drawers. The drawers themselves are just shy of 48” long, 24” front to back, and 10” deep. This is where I’ll put larger items like boxes of paper towels and stuff that isn’t used often like my benchtop 8” grinder. The original design was to use four shallower drawers here but I changed my mind to two deeper drawers at the last-minute which was after I had ordered the drawer slides. This meant I had two extra pair of slides. Rather than let them collect dust until I found a use for them I chose to double up the slides on these drawers. So now each of these drawers can theoretically support 340 pounds. I’m up to 200 pounds these days and it held my weight just fine.

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In the bottom left cabinet I made a pull out shelf specifically to store my planer out of the way. This is another feature I’m really glad I incorporated into the build. Every other drawer slide in this build is 24” long. The slides on this shelf are 26” slides to give a little more elbow room when picking up the planer.

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So that wraps up phase two of this build. Next will be some divider storage above the top drawers. I also have a detailed set of plans available for those who are interested.

Miter Saw Station Plans:

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5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings

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This miter saw station has been an incredible increase of shop organization and greatly increased the ease of use and dust collection for my miter saw. It is 177″ long, 37″ deep, and about 71″ tall depending on the leg levelers. It features 21 drawers of various sizes, a slide out tray for storing a benchtop planer, and a row of quick access tool bins at eye level. The empty space on the bottom left houses my air compressor. The next empty space in the bottom houses my trash can. And the open work surface to the far right houses my small CNC machine. A drill press would work well in this location. The plan is in imperial units only but you can change the SketchUp file to read metric units if you prefer. A link to the SketchUp files I used to create the plan are included in the plan. I broke the project into four parts and made a build video and article on each:

Included in the miter saw station plan:

  • 28 detailed pages
  • shopping list
  • plywood layout diagrams
  • reference diagrams for specific part dimensions
  • step by step 3D assembly diagrams with written instructions

miter-saw-station-CollageHere is a follow up video close to two years after making it that covers a lot of common questions:

The entire plan is included in one PDF document. Most everyone will have a PDF reader installed on their computer already but if you do not you can use the free program Adobe Reader to view the plans. You can download Adobe Reader HERE. The checkout process for this plan uses PayPal. You can use major credit or debit cards through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. To purchase the plan follow the link below. After you purchase the plan you will receive an email receipt from me containing a link to download your plan. Make sure to check your inbox and spam filter for the receipt. If you do not receive the email within 10-15 minutes or encounter any problems please contact me.

9 reviews for Ultimate Miter Saw Station PLAN

  1. Mike
    5 out of 5

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    Jay did an awesome, extensive job on these plans. Everything is straight forward and easy to understand. I’m guessing that if you don’t understand the plans, you’ll have a really hard time operating a power tool. Woodworking might not be right for you.

    Keep up the great work, Jay!

    • Jay Bates

      (verified owner):

      Thank you for the feedback Mike. I appreciate it.

  2. Wayne Brown
    5 out of 5

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    I recently completed the miter saw station and can honestly say anyone with a woodworking shop should build one. Jay’s plans are very detailed and easy to follow. My only regret is that I didn’t build it sooner. My shop is so much more organized and efficient than before. Tons of storage and the stop block system is an awesome feature. I’m going to build the work bench next. Thanks Jay!

    • Jay Bates

      (verified owner):

      Thank you for the review Wayne. I have the same regret. It makes a huge difference in shop organization. I definitely need to make a trip down there and check it out!

  3. Todd
    5 out of 5

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    Recently finished building my miter station using Jay’s plans. We easy to follow and build with these plans. As mentioned by other, it brings a lot of organization to your shop. Now my tools all have a dedicated home and I spend a lot less time looking for things! I would highly recommend it.

    Todd

  4. Frank oneil
    5 out of 5

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    Hey jay how many sheets did you use and is that birch ply

  5. Trevor
    5 out of 5

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    You won’t regret this purchase. Like others have said plans very detailed and easy to follow. The best part of the plans, is it takes all the hard thinking out of it. Just cut all pieces to measurements on Jays plans and everything fits together perfect. These plans are meant for all Woodworkers from begining to novice.

    I had to make a modified version, didn’t have the room for full build in my garage (Saved money on materials too) if anyone wants to check it out lumberjocks.com/projects/208922
    Jay if your reading this and where to comment on my build of your miter saw station on lumberjocks, it would mean alot to me!

  6. Christophe
    5 out of 5

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    Super projet .Je te suis depuis le début depuis la France près de Paris et j adore tes vidéos .je reçois mon nouvel workshop dans 15 jours et je prends beaucoup de tes idées pout l équipé . Merci Jay continu comme ça et bon courage

  7. Michael
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    whew this is gonna take a lot of plywood, but it looks awesome. The plans are really clear and easy to follow, everything is color coded. Very well done, excited to start this build.

  8. geoff
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This miter saw station is the TOTAL package. It has enough storage and space for all your tools and some. The plans are extremely detailed and are thoughtfully laid out.

  9. SteveKentonMoss
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I need to reorg my shop. After just a few short months I’ve accumulated more tools that expected and the garage oops “Shop” is getting to be a disaster. I’m looking forward to building out a “Jay Bates Inspired” miter saw station. Being the station will go into a different sized area and I’m a different sized guy that Jay, things will be different.

    What I really like about Jay’s plans is their comprehensive nature. (I’ve used a couple of other of his free plans already) I’m using the plans as a guide for how to build out my station to fit my needs. They also really do a nice job of helping a new SketchUp user with how to use that freaky little program.

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85 Comments

  1. Paul Tucci

    Jay…..you surely are an inspiration! You make everything look so easy. Just wondering how many hours did it take you to cut and assemble all those drawers? It would have taken me a week (I work really slow :). Keep up the great work an videos. I look forward to them every week.

  2. bob

    LMFAO you coming out of the draw, you have a lot of talent making these videos. Excellent job on the miter saw station. I’m jealous seeing you work with the garage door open up here in the north east it will probably be June before I can do that the way the weather is going up here

  3. Mark L. Hannaford

    The drawers are fantastic, great job!! I wish I had half the room you do to make these great projects. That’s O.K though at least I have the space I do. Once again very nice work, you make it look so easy.

  4. Roger

    Good stuff Jay. Lotsa pocket holes. I’m in the middle of doing 3 base cabinets that has 3 drawers in each cabinet and I used the same method with the pocket screws. Fun fun fun! I like the part where you rose up from the bottom drawer. You may have to re-think your placement of your heavy planer as far as it being on the bottom shelf. It may get heavy later on as you get older. :)

  5. Rik

    Excellent video. Can’t to see it finished. Am I detecting a bit of influence from Frank Howarth?
    Take care, Rik

  6. James Pugh

    When I saw all that wood pre-cut in stacks all I could think of was—–“I sure hope he didn’t mess up a measurement”. Great job. What was the total cost for materials???

  7. Walter K.

    One of your more cinematic videos. I liked the flow and the different camera angels. Nicely done.

  8. Mark W.

    So the drawer with you in it is the ‘honey do’ drawer!?? That is the drawer that the wife uses to get you out of and put you to work, or is it the drawer that you hide in to stay out of her way???

  9. Alain

    Excelent job and excellent video. Congratulations and many thanks to share this with us.
    I wonder about one thing; wouldn’t it be safer to find a system to be able able to open only one drawer at the time (at least one drawer per series of 3)? This to avoid a misbalance.
    All the best.

    1. Jay Bates

      I’m not sure I understand what you are asking. The drawer boxes are mounted. They will not tip out if you pull all three drawers open at the same time. I’m not sure why anyone would have all three open at the same time though.

  10. Dale

    Jay I really enjoy watching your projects video, I thought I knew I a lot BUT I have learn a lot of shortcuts from your videos , I check out outwater on the drawer slides and there where the cheapest, so I order some , then I get a email telling the shipping was the wrong price they wanted 40 dollars to ship 15 slides instead on the 15 dollars on there web site. So I cancelled and order them off EBAY , I have order slides off ebay before and to me they look and work great 10 slides were 68 dollars including shipping , Keep up ALL the great videos and thanks a lot for all the hints and tricks

  11. Ross

    Hi Jay,

    I’m building some large drawers for some utility room shelving I’m building, and your process has been invaluable!

    You mentioned you used 3/4″ ply for the bottoms…did you use the same for the front/back/sides? I have sides that are a little over 1/2″ and was planning to do 3/4 for the bottom. The drawers are going to be rather large…40″ wide, 28″ long, and 9″ deep. Will 1/2″ work for the sides?

    In honesty…I had a full sheet of plywood lying around so I cut that up and sized everything for the the front/back/sides. It was at that point I realized it was only 19/32″ :(

    Thank you!
    Ross

  12. Rich Baranski

    Jay,

    My question is regarding your drawers…. 37 seconds into your video you put 2 18″ spacers to mount the drawer slides. Then, 11-1/4″, and finally, 4-1/2″ spacers. Why did you choose those numbers? Is it based on the size of your drawer boxes?

    Thanks in advance,

    Rich

  13. Bob Taylor

    Jay,

    Love your vids and projects. I have found AHTurf has excellent prices on slides. As I interpret prices from AHTurf and Outwater Plastics, 10 pair 20″ 100# from AH is 4.06/pair vs 5.07/pair from Outwater; both plus freight and screws. Hope this helps.

    Thanks for all you do to promote woodworking and safety!!

    Bob

  14. Lori

    Hi Jay, love your videos! I was so happy to see a video of STRONG drawers where the bottoms did not use a dado (I don’t have a table saw or router table). I am about to do a drawer project myself for the first time and am trying to decide between your method of securing the drawer bottoms or using pocket holes. What would you recommend?
    Thanks!

    1. Jay Bates

      If you’re not worried about how the drawers will look on the sides I would just glue and screw the bottom panel on from below. Predrill the screw holes so you don’t split the plywood.

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