I have been putting of upgrading the temporary stand I made for my oscillating sander, for something like 10 years now. Time to get this thing made. During this time I have accumulated a decent amount of "spare" wood including Beech, Oak and Maple that I will be able to use in the making of this stand.
The current stand is all wasted space under the the actual sander, so I decide to install 3 drawers, which will still give me easy access under the sander for cleaning, and it will still allow the stand and sander to be somewhat mobile, but I am not going to install wheels.
I started off with some 8/4" (that's 2" thick) Beech, which also happened to be a bit spalted (bonus) I cut these down to thickness on my table saw and because there were 4 identical, I set up the Auto-Cut (wood feeder) to run the wood through while I picked up the cut pieces on the back side of the saw. I am quite enjoying using this wood feeder on my table saw. Next was to plane the legs to thickness and gang-cut them to length on the sliding mitre saw.
The final pieces I needed for the fame were the cross members that would connect the legs together and make the frame of the new stand. Since I already knew the size of the sander, it was pretty easy to figure out the width and breadth of the stand. What I wanted to make sure was that there would NOT be much, if any spare room on the top to the stand for anything other than the sander. These areas become "catch-alls" in my shop which is bad for me misplacing tools and it also makes more of a mess to clean up, especially around a sander.
After all the frame components were cut, the next thing to decide was joinery ... actually I already had that covered. The stand I am making for my sander "lives" beside my sliding mitre saw, but when some wood I am sanding is too long, I need to drag the the sander and stand out into the middle of my shop. Not very often, but enough that I know the the stand needs to be sturdy and rugged enough to withstand being moved around from time to time ... so, the strongest joinery is to use dowels and my Dowelmax doweling jig.
I purposely am not showing a lot of the techniques in this video but if you want to see all the things this doweling jig can do, go HERE to see the dedicated video I made on this.
Easily one of my greatest joys in using the dowelmax is that I don't have to worry about trying figure out how long each tenon length is and add the length front and back to each connecting piece of wood. It just makes woodworking so much easier and accurate, but I digress ...
Next thing for me was to drill all the holes for the dowels and put together a dry fit to make sure every dowel fits in every dowel hole.
When this was done ... I think I was starting to get more excited about just how nice this cabinet was looking and instead of doing a partial glue up, I glued the WHOLE carcass together. Ordinarily this would not be a problem, but my plan was to use some 1/4" plywood for the side panels and these plywood panels would be glued and pinned to rabbet on the INSIDE of the side frames. But in my exuberance I forgot this and glued the whole frame together and only after it was glued, did I remember I was only going to glue the sides .. then cut the rabbet with my router .. THEN glue the whole carcass together ..
I looked at a few options, but the easiest was to simply cut some small 3/8 square pieces to go along the insides of the side-frames, glued and pinned these would be easily as strong as the rabbet, and .. arguably an even "prettier" look, so that's what I did. You can see me cutting the small square pieces on the table saw using the Auto-cut for quick accurate pieces, which were then glued onto the insides of each side panel.
The one thing I COULD still do was to cut the rabbet for that back of the stand, which I then did, and attached the back panel.
With all this done ... I decided to conclude this video at this spot and use the next video to show how to install full extension drawer slides ... stay tuned for the next video to follow to see how I make easy work of installing full extension drawer slides ...
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