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My Table Saw Cabinet (work in progress) #1: So Far, So Good...(but needs tweaks)

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Blog entry by Freddo posted 235 days ago 1698 reads 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the cabinet as it stands (so far):

My table saw is a Delta Contractor’s saw mounted in a set of four separate cabinets screwed to a base and also to each other making one big solid, and very heavy cabinet. The sub-base made from (2×4’s) has six 3” swiveling casters (with polyurethane tires) mounted to it making it nice and easy to move the monster around for its size and weight. All six casters lock so there are plenty of choices when I need to keep the cabinet still. The two center casters were added to the design after realizing the 84” span may have been too wide and I wanted to avoid any possible sagging in the middle.

The fence is a Biesemeyer Model – 50 and is as accurate as I’ll ever need. Housed in the router cabinet is a PC 690 router mounted in a Woodpecker’s cast aluminum router plate. I purchased the Woodpecker’s Insert Template to make the opening for the plate. The fence is used for both the saw and the router. However, when used for the router, I clamp a custom router fence with a vacuum hookup to the Biesemeyer. Two “Safety Power Tool Switch” units mounted on the cabinet give me peace of mind when using the table saw and router.

The cabinet “sections” making up the entire cabinet from left to right are:

(a) left extension wing [houses blades in bottom drawer and saw accessories]:

(b) saw mounting [dust collection below]:

(c) main tool storage [layout tools, chisels, files, etc.]:

(d) router table [router bits and accessory storage]:

...and the side of the router section:

On the rear of the cabinet are two sets of outlets and one set on the router cabinet side. All of the outlets are wired together and a cable plugs the works into a wall outlet. This makes having an outlet handy no matter where I am around the cabinet.

..the rear of left extension wing (the cord w/yellow plug supplies power to all outlets on cabinet):

...and the rear of the router section:

The total surface area is 84” wide x 27” deep (15-3/4 square feet). It’s a large foot print in my little shop but it houses a lot of tools and keeps things well organized. With the table saw extension wing on the right side being the place I do most of my layout work (among many other tasks), I wanted to get the most used tools close at hand. This cabinet is fitting my needs nicely so far. With this project not fully complete and needing a couple of tweaks it seems to always be a work in progress.

On my to-do list for this project is to complete the router section: adding more bit holders/drawers. More importantly, adding a way to collect the chips when I’m not using my dust collecting fence (ideas are appreciated and welcome). I have a 14 gallon Shop-Vac and imagine it would do the trick. Lastly, well almost, is dust collection for the saw. Right now the lion’s share ends up below the saw behind the clean-out door and I clean it out as required. I’m not sure the Shop-Vac is a great solution for the saw though (maybe I can use the Shop-Vac with a chip separator in between [?]). Now lastly—making drawer inserts/dividers to keep tools nice, neat, sharp, and safe, for them and for me.

Questions and comments are always welcome and thanks for checking this out!

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!



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redryder

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#1 posted 235 days ago

That is a monster. Looks well thought out. I can tell you like organization.
Must work great for an assembly table. Nice to be able to get all the way around it when needed….....................

-- mike...............

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Dave Dufour

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#2 posted 235 days ago

Nice job, looks great.

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 235 days ago

This looks like a great work center for those who must share their woodworking passion with the need to park cars and store lawn and gardening equipment in their 2 car garages. I will be sending this along to my son in hopes that he will need old dad to help him build this and get his woodworking efforts organized. It is one of the better thought out work centers with plenty of tool storage, that I’ve seen.

Thanks for sharing your designs.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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whitebeast88

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#4 posted 235 days ago

wow.excellent design and very well thought out.it’ll come in handy for years to come.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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