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Add-on cabinet for Sawstop

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Project by sjbob posted 06-03-2016 10:11 PM 896 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like having commonly used tools ready at hand. When I got my Sawstop, I missed the convenience of my old tablesaw stand which held all of the commonly used tools as part of the tablesaw.

So, I’ve just finished a cabinet for the Sawstop which serves the same purposed, holding:
  • Saw blades
  • Inserts
  • Dado set
  • Push sticks, including a Gripper
  • Different miter gauges with fences
  • Rip fence goodies
  • Brush
  • The tools that come with the saw that need to be kept somewhere (allen wrenches, tool for cartridge spacing)

As all of my garage projects are also learning/skill building projects for me (when you start with a low bar, everything is up), I made it out of ½” Cherry plywood on the outsides and doors, Baltic Birch plywood (½”and ¼”) for internal construction, and solid cherry for edging on the plywood and frame for the door.

For mounting to the saw, I attached it only to the extension table. The width of the cabinet matches the width of the extension table frame members under the table. I used aluminum L extrusions and cut down one side to match the width of the table frame members, and bolted these on the inside of the frame facing out. At the top of the cabinet, I bolted match extrusions upside down and facing in, so that in movement the cabinet hangs from the extrusions off of the extension table. When dropped down, the cabinet rests on the floor and provides support at the far end of the extension table.

Things I would have done differently:
  • I would have put the top of the cabinet lower, so that the door did not interfere with any of the bolts on the big bar that runs across the front of the saw.
  • Allowed a little more space for the dado set, vertical and horizontal.
  • Made the drawer for the Gripper bigger.
  • Maybe skip the door; it’s not really needed, but I wanted the practice (and I need a lot more…).

-- More sawdust for the compost pile.





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 06-04-2016 12:45 AM

That is a dandy addition to your table saw.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 03:46 PM

An under the table saw cabinet is always a good practical project. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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molan

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 04:15 AM

how does the saw react \ handle the cabinet when you raise it on the casters to move it arround? I like the idea of this and have the same saw

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sjbob

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 09:38 PM

Hi Molan,
The saw lifts it just fine, and it is moderately heavy. Rolling around, the entire assembly now has a bit more mass so I’m even more carefully, especially to not get things moving too fast.

One problem I had was dealing with the bottom of the cabinet. I added a couple of runners (inside and out), and the inside one was a little too high and it would push up the extension table a bit above the cast iron surface (no matter how much I tightened the various bolts and screws). I shaved this down and now everything is ok.

Bob

-- More sawdust for the compost pile.

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