Tablesaw Storage Box

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Project by FaTToaD posted 07-06-2010 09:47 PM 4755 views 43 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting fed up with constantly searching for push sticks and my miter gauge, I decided to build a storage box at the end of my Rigid TS3650 tablesaw.

The box is made from 3/4” ply, with a 1/2” ply lid. I used nothing more than butt joints and a ton of 18 gauge brads to hold the box together, followed by a couple quick coats of aerosol spar varnish. Inside there is a small tray to hold a few pencils or other small items.

The box is mounted to the saw with 1/4” bolts. Three per side that slide into the rails, and one that attaches to the cast iron table. You may notice that they stick out inside the box, that’s because I couldn’t find any bolts at Home Depot that where short enough and fully threaded. One day if I find the right bolts, I change them out, but they really don’t get in the way.

The last couple of pictures you can see my Miter Key Sled hanging off the back end of the box.

Thanks for looking, any comments will be appreciated!

-- David

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 09:55 PM

That’s a neat and unique ide. Definitely a spcace saver.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 09:55 PM

Good job, but isn’t that kind of heavy for 3650/3660? I have that saw and those rails are …........

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 09:59 PM

Great use of wasted space. One suggestion I would make is a doulbe door instead of a single. That way if your fence is locked down on one door and you don’t want to move it you can get in the box through the other door.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 10:04 PM

I absolutely love the concept. I have the same saw, but I worry about the weight on those rails. I’m going to take a look tonight and see if I can figure out a way to at least partially support it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 10:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I was a little concerned about the weight as well. That’s the main reason drilled a hole in the side of the cast iron table. I tightened that bolt up first with a lock washer and it took out what little sag was in the rails. I am thinking of moving the miter key jig somewhere else just in case.

-- David

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 10:10 PM

Charlie, you could always put legs under it.

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 10:11 PM

Nice storage, look at your local Do It Best or Ace Hardware stores for blind nuts. If they stock Hillman products they can get them for you. All threaded bolts are available too. Good use of space.

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 10:20 PM

What a fantastic… out of the Box…. idea…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 10:23 PM

Great idea, I was looking to add something to mine but was going to go down. I like the top access.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 10:27 PM

I couldn’t tell that you had attached it to the table as well… that should help a lot.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 11:17 PM

Great storage system and solution to the never ending game of “where is”

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#12 posted 07-07-2010 02:04 AM

Interesting idea. I have a 3650 that I built a tray midway around the bottom to hold these things. It works ok but sometimes you have to stand on your head to find something. I like your idea better and will give it some real consideration. Thanks

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 07-07-2010 02:07 AM

nice idea.

You could cut your bolts to shorten them as long as you cut in-between threading.

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#14 posted 07-07-2010 03:52 AM

Its a winner/chicken dinner in my book as well…great idea…BC

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#15 posted 07-07-2010 04:29 AM

Very cool idea. Only problem is that in my shop, my table saw always has way too much crap piled up on one end or the other. I’d never be able to actually get into that thing.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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