Saw Blade Holder

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Project by Krisztian posted 10-06-2007 06:38 AM 24435 views 55 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some pretty nice saw blades for my table saw and miter saw but unfortunately I just keep them in a pile in my cupboard. Not only does it make it hard to find the one I’m looking for but I’m sure it’s not good for the blades. This box should do the trick to solve both problems.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need;
•4’ X 4’ X 1/2” Birch plywood.
•4’ X 4’ X 1/4” Oak plywood.
•12” X 1/2” Piano Hinge.
•Wood Glue.
•Handle for the lid.
•3/8” carriage bolt 1 1/2” long, 2 washers and a wing nut.

Cut the following pieces from 1/2” plywood.
11 3/4” wide by 31”. This will make the front of the box, the front of the lid and the back of the box.
Cut the box front 8” tall.
Cut the lid front 7 1/8” tall.
Cut the back 15 1/4” tall.
8 1/2” wide by 31” for the two sides.
14 3/4” high in back and 8” high in front. Approximately 38 degrees. Be sure and keep the box and lid pieces matched so they mate up and look good.
Cut the long side of the lid 7” high. This should leave a 1/2” step at the top edge.
8 1/2” wide by 22” for the top and bottom.
Cut the top and bottom 10 3/4” wide.
Cut the steps from 1/2” plywood. Use double sided tape to hold two pieces of wood together and cut them at the same time.

Lay out the cuts as follows: 3/8” up, 3/4” over, 3/8” up and 3/4” over. Continue this for 9 steps. The last flat should be 1/2”. As a double check the back of the steps should be 3 3/4” high.
Rip 3 pieces 1/4” wide and then cut them into 20 pieces 6” long.
From the 1/4” plywood cut 10 pieces 10 3/4” X 7”.
All the pieces will be glued and nailed together.
Start by putting the sides onto the bottom. Make them flush with the front and back.
Add the back.
Put the steps against the back and bottom, centered 3” apart.

Now add the dividers. This works best with the box laying on its back. Glue spacers along the sides and dividers against the spacers and flush into the notch of the steps. I didn’t nail these in but I did place some weight on them until they were dry.

Add the front of the box and you are complete with the bottom.
Next make the lid by putting the sides on flush to the front and back of the top.
Put the front on flush to the top and sides.
Mark the center of the lid and drill a 3/8” hole for the carriage bolt. This will be for holding your dado blades.
Mount the top to the box using the piano hinge.
Sand everything and add a finish if you like.
Mount a handle on the top and the carriage bolt for the dado blades.
Put all your blades in and you’re good to go. If you plan on using this box on a job site you might want to add handles to the sides and a latch for keeping it closed. When it’s full of blades it can be a little heavy.

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 06:53 AM


Good job on a common problem. I only have four blades and I have the same problem. Very thorough instructions I hope to try them soon. Kinda reminds me of the days of floppy disks but with a much more worthy purpose.

(I hope you don’t mind me asking the obvious… but… how did you do the animated picture?)

-- Jim

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 06:58 AM

My friend did the animated picture.

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 07:43 AM

Would also be good for a dado set.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 12:59 PM


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#5 posted 10-06-2007 03:41 PM


Outstanding job on this post. You’ve just raised the bar on how to post a project with your “animated” picture. That is very cool.

This is a very nice way to organize and store blades, and when you consider that some of these blades are well over $100, it’s got to be a good idea to handle them with care.

Thanks for all the pictures describing how you constructed your blade storage unit.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 10-06-2007 04:21 PM

Oh man! This is JUST what I need. I have mine stacked on a shelf and have gotten to play hot potato with them a couple of times. I’ve been looking for a good way to store my dado stack so I can get at it with minimal hoopla as well. Thank you for such a detailed post!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 10-06-2007 05:10 PM


Thanks for the well thought out saw blade storage box design and instructions.

In my time, a nail in the wall was the answer. This is a much better solution for protecting the individual blades, organizing and makes finding the right blade much easier. This will likely be high on my next projects list.

Thanks again, Dalec

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#8 posted 10-07-2007 01:15 AM

Nice! You have raised the bar for content on here! Well designed and executed. I love the xray drawings and the animation is cool!


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#9 posted 10-07-2007 05:41 PM

great detailed posts…cool project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 10-08-2007 04:53 AM

Great post…great idea.

I love the use of the gif animation also a great idea.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 11-06-2007 09:06 PM

This post is very well done. I appreciate the detail to dimensions.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#12 posted 02-26-2008 01:53 AM

Very cool idea! GaryK found this.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 03-08-2008 02:37 PM

Very neat, for I was a saw filer in a local mill here. I know how hard is to keep carbide tips with the right kerf untill they are used. I’m just waiting for the hinge on that thing to wear out and the front fall on the floor. Again, good idea!!!! Semper Fi!!!


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#14 posted 12-16-2009 05:14 AM

This is great. I’m thinking about making this without the lid and mounting it on the wall.

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#15 posted 05-11-2010 04:46 PM

Great box Krisztian. Good solution and an excellent post.

Simons44, good idea mounting on the wall with out the lid. I think I would leave the bottom off too so it doesn’t fill up with sawdust.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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