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May 18, 2015

In an effort to consolidate where my saw blades are in my shop I decided to make a saw storage cabinet for 8, 10 and 12 inch saw blades as well as my dado blade sets.

Scroll down to see how this was made.


To begin I started with the carcass of the cabinet.

The sides and top/bottom are 3/4 inch plywood and the back is 1/2 inch plywood. There are twenty 1/4 inch dados in the sides spaced 5/8 inch apart. The handles on the sides are made out of some scrap hardwood. Everything is just screwed together.


The next step was to make the drawers for the saw blades. Each drawer consists of 1/4 inch plywood measuring 13 X 13 inches with 1/2 inch diameter arbor hole dowels that are 13/16 inches long. The dado blade drawers had more arbor hole dowels.

I cut 20 drawers. To avoid confusion, I drew lines 3/8 inch from each side and a line on the front 3/4 inch from the edge on both drawer blanks as well as the drilling templates.

Since there are so many drawers that needed holes I made a jig to hold 2 drawers at a time with a template made from 1/4 inch MDF. The jig base was 3/4 inch plywood with borders made from 3/4 inch plywood. One finger hole was made on each border to make removing the drawers and template easy..

To make locating the holes needed to drill in the saw drawers, I made templates. That way I just had to measure once and then drill away. I needed 3 different templates:

One template was used to make drawers for 8, 10 and 12 inch blades. A 1/2 inch hole was drilled for the arbor hole and two 1-1/4 inch holes at each end of the finger hole slots. The slots make removing the blades from the drawer easier. This was used for 15 of the drawers.

After the holes were drilled I aligned the center 1/2 inch hole in the middle of the saw drawers with the template and clamped them together. I used a jig saw to remove most of the waste and then used a pattern bit to clean up the sides of the long slot.

Another template was used for 8 inch dado blades and the related chippers. A place to store the dado blade shims was also included. All finger holes were 1-1/4 inch in diameter. A total of 4 dado blade drawers were made.

NOTE: After making the blade storage I found that if I used 1/4 inch spacers between two dado blades and the chippers, I really only needed 2 of these drawers.

A third template was also made for the 5th chipper in my dado blade sets. A place for more shims was also included. I only needed to make 1 of these drawers.


The handles for the saw blade drawers were made out of 1/2 inch baltic birch plywood like the tabs on third-cut file folders. The handles are 3/4 inch wide and the “tab” is 3/4” high. That makes the handle 1-1/2 inches wide at the tab on the handle.

The bottom of each tab was grooved with a cove bit for a better gripping surface.

To minimize waste, 2 handles were made from each blank of 1/2 inch plywood measuring 12-1/4 X 2-5/8 inches. Using templates made for the next step I traced each handle on the blanks. Each handle was roughed out with the bandsaw.

Patterns for each style of handle was made from 1/2 inch MDF to be used with a jig that was used to hold the rough cut handles which was finished with a pattern bit on the router table. ( The picture was made with an uncut handle blank)


The handles and the saw blade drawers were then glued together.

A handle was made out of a scrap piece of hardwood with a finger groove to make it easier to move this monster of a cabinet.


After I made this, I looked around my shop for a place to mount it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a place to put it.

I decided to just mount it on wheels. I first relocated the handle higher. I then screwed a 1/2 inch plywood to the bottom of the carcass for the base with 2 pieces of 3/4 inch plastic material on each side. Holes were drilled into the plastic from the bottom in which to mount the stems for the wheels.

This was screwed on in case I find a better place to mount this cabinet later.

Mounting this to a wall can be done when all the drawers are removed and screws used through the back of the cabinet.

This is what it looks like with the wheels mounted.

To make use of the top of the cabinet I screwed 1/2 inch plywood to the top with dowels …

… to have a place to store up to nine table saw blade inserts.


This is how the dado blades are stored. A 1/4 inch plywood spacer was used between the blades to protect the carbide teeth on the blades and chippers.

This is how it look stacked.

A pair of Freud 8 inch box joint blades can be stored in one drawer.

This is how the 10 inch blades are stored. Two 10 inch blades can be stored per drawer with a 1/4 inch plywood spacer.

Here is a 12 inch blade stored.

The saw blade storage cabinet weighs about 70 pounds with all the blades that I have in it. There are still some empty drawers in it.

I haven’t done it yet but I plan to make labels for the handles so I know what’s in each drawer.

I hope this gives you an idea of how you too can consolidate your inventory of saw blades.

This cabinet can hold up to 30+ saw blades.

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions are welcomed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 06:31 PM

Outstanding design with lots of innovative features!

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 06:43 PM

Awesome! – Bookmarking now. Great Job

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 07:03 PM

Wow. That is just an awesome amount of storage.
Nice planning and great job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 07:10 PM

Great storage idea! Very well done!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 07:17 PM

Awesome build, loaded with well thought out features.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 07:42 PM

Nice, and 30 blades? wow !

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 07:52 PM

Very good idea and also very good job of making it. Glad to you made it as well as posted the Sketch up of it .

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 08:30 PM

Nice job and well thought out. I will be making one of those for myself because I am getting tired of rooting through my storage cabinet to fid the blade I want. Thanks for all the detail in the post.

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 08:45 PM

You broke “the mold” for storing blades”

Ditto all above comments


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#10 posted 05-18-2015 08:47 PM

very nice! I am glad to see you finished what you planned and so well presented. How much does it weigh with all the blades?

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#11 posted 05-18-2015 08:47 PM

Very nicely done with plans and the build. You will enjoy using it.

I like how you made the templates to make multiple parts and the drawer pull tabs are great. Thanks for posting.

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#12 posted 05-18-2015 08:59 PM

Outta sight, Alex!!!!!!!!! That is a super cabinet. I love organizational projects!!!!!!!!!!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-18-2015 11:11 PM

Nice work, great details.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 05-19-2015 02:16 AM

Nice design and execution. I do not think you will be running out of blade storage space any time soon!

Thanks for sharing your hard work.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#15 posted 05-19-2015 03:53 AM

Very nice looking! On average, how deep are the drawers?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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