Scroll Saw Storage Cabinet

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Project by newTim posted 03-01-2016 03:33 AM 1936 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I see empty space I can’t help figuring out a way to fill it and make it useful. A year ago my wife bought me this saw after I took David Marks’ double bevel marquetry class. I like to have all the little parts and accessories I need as close as possible to the tool they belong to and this seemed like a natural solution. It also adds weight which stabilizes the machine in use. I plan to add some hooks for the foot pedal and cords to the outside and perhaps a bracket for a light and/or magnifier. There’s also a trey on the bottom for additional storage of thick veneers or other items and it also serves as a foot rest. This project was also a fun way to learn or practice some geometry.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 04:19 AM

I have this saw and this looks like a great design!

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#2 posted 03-01-2016 05:09 AM


The cabinet looks really great! And it’s a nice saw, too (worthy of the good-looking cabinet)!

I had made a similar plan for my belt/disc sander. I spent a lot of time designing it and realized I would probably never get it looking just right. I also didn’t like wasting the space with the angle of the drawer. So I took the easy way out and recycled a couple of lab cabinets. I took the doors off and turned the space into drawers, and added a back, top and casters. (Never did get the toe-kick on it.)

I didn’t even need to practice any geometry! (You can tell I’m pretty lazy and no where nearly as skilled as you!)


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#3 posted 03-01-2016 01:42 PM

Great job on the cabinet. I like the angels on the drawers..


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#4 posted 03-01-2016 02:30 PM

Hey Tim,

Great looking use of space!


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#5 posted 03-01-2016 03:02 PM

I really like this, I have a Porter Cable SS with a similar base, might have to borrow this idea

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#6 posted 03-01-2016 03:32 PM

Nice. I’ve always liked the idea of utilizing the space under a stand for drawers and other storage, c.f.

Your casters are new to me—haven’t seen the type that fit directly to the metal leg. Can you share where you found them and how you attached them. They look like a great idea.

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#7 posted 03-01-2016 05:02 PM

great job i agree when i see wasted space i try to figure out the best way to utilize its always nice keeping what you need for the machine close at hand.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 03-02-2016 01:42 AM

Geometry????? Oh, no !

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#9 posted 03-02-2016 01:56 AM

Thanks everyone. In response to some private messages and posted questions, here are some answers and additional pictures. I got the wheels from Woodcraft. These have the bolt or stem already installed, instead of the flat base. All four are front locking and swivel which allows the saw to spin about its own axis. Very easy to move around. The saw stand came with extensions which had a hole in the bottom and fit the wheels. I don’t recall doing anything to customize it. I think the bolt is 3/8”, but they can be changed out.

To fit the case I had to take the bottom metal cross rails off. I clamped the case to the top and bolted them back on. The bottom tray was cut in half to install because there’s not enough clearance to fit a single piece. I added a support to the bottom, but it is very sturdy and won’t need to carry much weight anyway. The drawer supports were built to slide in with about 1/32” clearance and are screwed in to the case from the bottom. This allowed me to install the drawers on the workbench and then insert the drawer assembly as a unit and get it lined up. Easy peasy. Enjoy.

-- tim hill

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#10 posted 03-02-2016 02:05 AM

That is quite an accomplishment!
All angles can drive some crazy.

Nice finished project!

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#11 posted 03-02-2016 02:10 AM

Wow, I just took a look at John C’s (Hillbillyshooter) Slanted Scroll Saw cabinet and it is awesome. Here again is his link. A slightly different approach, but with better craftsmanship and front and back drawers. Very nicely done.

-- tim hill

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#12 posted 03-02-2016 02:19 AM

Geometry????? Oh, no !

- JoeinGa


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#13 posted 03-02-2016 12:22 PM

Just added it to the “to Do” list and Favorites list so I can remember what it looks like and all of the great tips that were provided. Not only does it provide storage space, but it makes the equipment look a whole lot nicer.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 03-03-2016 12:44 PM

Nice use of that space.

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#15 posted 03-03-2016 09:25 PM

Nice work looks great.

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

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