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Project by cmmyakman posted 06-01-2018 01:49 AM 1515 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I read in the May 2018 issue of Handyman Magazine a nice article on French Cleats. The magazine offered a free plan on a “Tray Tower” (see link below) that I thought would be useful as inspiration for Table Saw Blade storage.
https://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/tool-storage/store-your-tools-in-this-handy-tray-tower/view-all/

Before I finished this storage drawer, I stacked my blades in a drawer or hung them from screws on the wall. I haven’t lost a blade tooth yet, but it is only a matter of time as they rub on each other in the drawer and from time-to-time I inadvertently hit the ones on the wall.

I modified the Handyman design in my CAD program (I think my design is a bit more robust and of course has many more lower height drawers). I ordered wooden pulls from eBay as I wasn’t crazy about the original design’s handles:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/181245243216

Two of my “innovations” that I thought were original include holes in the bottom of the tray so I can push up the blade and a 4-inch square support around the 1/2-inch dowel that helps to support the face of the blade so the carbide tips do not come into contact with the tray. However, after building my storage unit, I did a quick perusal of other Lumberjock projects and these innovations turn out not to be very original after all.

Home Depot didn’t have the cheaper plywood that I wanted, so I paid the little bit extra for the furniture grade. After all the labor required to put this together, I’m glad I used the higher quality plywood. I have a French Cleat on the back so this unit will eventually be mounted on the wall.

This took a little less than a month for me to make, so you guys and gals will be able to get it done in a little more than a weekend. I finished it with a dark walnut Danish oil on the exterior parts and a Tung oil on the interior parts. Then, after 48 hrs, everything was coated with polyurethane – the label said 72 hours, but I had a reason for the rush – I hope the finish all stays together.
A bunch of photographs from the build can be found here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/8Wv4vIJXYOpo4y9E3

I don’t yet have enough blades to fill the unit (some day), but when moving the blades from the drawers I uncovered a cheapo Dado set that I didn’t know I possessed. You never know what you will find in the “clean up” process.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.





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BFamous

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#1 posted 06-01-2018 02:00 AM

Very nice blade storage unit! And even if your original ideas aren’t original, they are still great additions.
I’ve been trying to figure out how i can build blade storage right into my table saw’s base unit. Which, is really just my way of delaying building something practical like this…
Did you happen to build any drawers specifically for your dado sets?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 06-01-2018 03:12 AM

I have been looking at tool chests that used hardboard/plywood for the drawer bottom, and also the runner for some time now. I think my biggest fear had been what I wanted was a bit wider and deeper than most of the plans/pics of others I had seen. Usually I was looking at this design, for the small tools we collect, but I hadn’t considered it for saw blades.

The chest I liked the look of is on the cover, bottom left as you look at it.

Just recently I was looking at something about this type of chest, and found one done by a Lumber Jock. It is the exact chest I wanted, and darn close to the exact size it would appear. Thanks ayryq for your fine posting.

Here is the link for his posting here.

Your “tower” is awesome, nice work, and a classy look. Do you have saw blades in every one of those drawers?

Anyhow thanks for posting, may be the nudge of motivation I need to get on this.

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 06-01-2018 03:17 AM

Nice work, they fill up quickly somehow… LOL


I ve been trying to figure out how i can build blade storage right into my table saw s base unit. Which, is really just my way of delaying building something practical like this…
Did you happen to build any drawers specifically for your dado sets?
- BFamous

As a suggestion this is how I did my blade storage. The holders have 1 inch thick insulation panel on the bottom to keep the blades from contacting the wooden bottom.

more info on the entire base for the saw build can be found here:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/379017

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Triq

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#4 posted 06-01-2018 11:41 AM

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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cmmyakman

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#5 posted 06-01-2018 01:16 PM

BFamous – I did put the dado set I “found” into the unit. The left side I put in one drawer, the center stack fit together in one drawer (I also put the shims an either side of the blades over top the two holes in this drawer) and the right side in the 3rd drawer. It works better than the manufacturer’s packaging – again it was a cheap set. For now, I keep my nice Freud dado stack and box joint cutting stack in the hard ABS plastic case it came in as I know they won’t ever get damaged there.

therealSteveN – That is a very nice looking chest idea. I wondered about doing mine in nice wood like that versus plywood, but I opted for the dimensional stability with the change in seasons. I considered adding wood edging to the plywood to make it look better, but then thought why the hassle when it’s only going to be in my shop. I’m sure if I did the edging I would have preferred it over the long haul.

woodbutcherbynight – looks like a great system, thanks for sharing.

Triq – thank you for the kind comment.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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BFamous

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#6 posted 06-01-2018 08:13 PM


As a suggestion this is how I did my blade storage. The holders have 1 inch thick insulation panel on the bottom to keep the blades from contacting the wooden bottom.

more info on the entire base for the saw build can be found here:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/379017

- woodbutcherbynight


thank you for that. when I look at designs for storing the blades on edge, I always wonder what kept then from getting messed up by sitting on the wood. a piece of insulation would definitely take care of that issue. good insight!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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AJ1104

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#7 posted 06-02-2018 12:18 AM

This is a great project and a skillful build. Really nice. Congrats.

-- AJ

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AJ1104

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#8 posted 06-02-2018 12:19 AM

This is a great project and a skillful build. Really nice. Congrats.

-- AJ

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Luis M

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#9 posted 06-04-2018 01:24 PM

CMM,

Great blade storage. I have a crappy plastic bin with drawers that was in my kids play room. It does the job but I definitely want to build some thing like your storage bin some day.

Luis

-- Luis

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Ray Friddle

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#10 posted 07-03-2018 03:09 PM

That’s a good looking storage unit. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ray

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Bluenote38

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#11 posted 07-13-2018 10:56 AM

That is a nice blade storage cabinet! I like the details and look – classic.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 07-15-2018 04:38 AM

“therealSteveN – That is a very nice looking chest idea. I wondered about doing mine in nice wood like that versus plywood, but I opted for the dimensional stability with the change in seasons. I considered adding wood edging to the plywood to make it look better, but then thought why the hassle when it’s only going to be in my shop. I’m sure if I did the edging I would have preferred it over the long haul.”

Yep, I have a dilemma about using a few hundred bux of wood, for something that will get beat up, covered in dust, spattered with finishes etc. etc. Plywood wins a lot of those toss ups.

-- Think safe, be safe

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cmmyakman

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#13 posted 07-21-2018 03:34 PM

Thank you for the nice comments Steve. Mine was done in plywood as well, just a slightly higher plywood quality from Home Depot than I was originally intending to use. I guess the finish oil used makes the plywood look like real wood. I also agree with you, the dimensional stability of the plywood should be better than regular wood over the long haul.


“therealSteveN – That is a very nice looking chest idea. I wondered about doing mine in nice wood like that versus plywood, but I opted for the dimensional stability with the change in seasons. I considered adding wood edging to the plywood to make it look better, but then thought why the hassle when it’s only going to be in my shop. I’m sure if I did the edging I would have preferred it over the long haul.”

Yep, I have a dilemma about using a few hundred bux of wood, for something that will get beat up, covered in dust, spattered with finishes etc. etc. Plywood wins a lot of those toss ups.

- therealSteveN


-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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