Totally agree on a good compound miter is just USEFUL. I got the 12" double-compound miter with the aluminum folding stand. Used, and with minimal work upgraded it to add the LED light to do blade markings for cutting. Even better, with minimal work and cleaning this thing should last forever. Only step up IMO would be if it was a slider, but that’d add significantly to the bulk/size and my storage space is limited. Having a few acres and good amount of storage definitely helps in regard to all of that. And I prefer to call it future useful odds and ends, rather than being a pack rat. And honestly, if you’re smart about what you keep rather than say is waste and toss it, even with limited storage you can manage to re-use or use extra scrap and not have to buy new as often! Only tool I’d love now is a table saw. Still debating that one, and plywood and the like a circular saw can work fine if you’re careful and have good support.
And yeah, doing the plywood for shelves…yeah, I made the mistake of getting all the platform in first, and then trying to add the plywood. Couldn’t quite get one of them in and had to chop it to fit both pieces in separately. Good lesson for me. Was also motorcycle pallet 2x4s, so they weren’t exactly nicely squared/flat. Fairly warped, which didn’t help assembly much. Never thought of using hangers like that.
I’m going to be building some new shelves myself for a spot on my back patio that will be useful for them, but being outside I definitely need to paint/coat them. Might just do cheap clear poly coat to help them last. Just want to put some waterproof bins out there, and will probably do a slightly sloped “roof” piece as well, just to keep off direct rain. Just a “good enough”, and if I’m still here in 5 years and it needs replacement, oh well.