|Project by GregD||posted 01-05-2011 05:12 AM||4048 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
This project is a small cabinet of drawers that fit under the wing of my table saw to hold all of my table saw accessories.
The cabinet and drawer fronts are from a sheet of 3/4” stain grade birch plywood – domestic. I used a sheet of paint grade birch plywood from China on my previous shop cabinet, and while it was OK it was a bit fussier to work and not as nice to look at as this sheet . The drawer fronts are edge banded with iron-on birch veneer. The drawer sides are 1/2” plywood, and the drawer bottoms are 1/4” tempered hardboard.
I used a lock miter router bit for the joinery in the cabinet and for the drawer boxes, except that the cabinet bottom (which is not visible) and the kick-plate are attached with pocket screws. I under-estimated the amount of pressure needed to close up the lock miter joints of the cabinet during glue-up, so they were not as tight as I would like. I filled the small gap with filler. The lock miter joints of the drawer boxes came together quite well because they were much shorter.
The drawer glides are 24” over-extending units rated for 100 lbs that I got on sale at Rockler last summer. They work very well. The cabinet is mounted on wheels so that I can move it when I need to move my saw out from its usual spot to rip stock longer than 48”. But once I have the cabinet in place I shove some shims under the sides to raise it off the wheels and keep it from moving when I use the drawers.
Finish is 3 coats of brushed-on Minwax clear gloss fast drying polyurethane. I put 2 coats on the drawer boxes and even a coat on the drawer bottoms just to give them a little protection from moisture. The kick plate, drawer fronts, and drawer bottoms were installed after finishing.
When I was prepping for finishing I decided I liked the “B” side of the drawer fronts better than the “A” side because of the more interesting grain pattern. The “A” sides look more like the cabinet top & sides – a definite but more regular grain pattern. I can’t imagine a more minimalist design, and free standing it looks like a big block of wood.
I’ve had a couple of weeks working at my saw with the cabinet in place. It’s great. The top drawer holds my 2 miter gauges, miter gauge fence, pair of grippers (and their accessories) and my ear muffs. The middle drawer has my blades, push sticks, and bench brush. The bottom drawer holds my dado set, dado blade-brake, tenon jig, Align-it set, and some saw related odds-and-ends. Just about everything I need when I’m working at the saw is accessible without even taking a step or turning around. Accessories don’t accumulate on the top of the saw because its just as easy to put them back in the appropriate drawer as it is to dump them on top. The drawer glides operate smoothly, and because they over extend a few inches even stuff at the far back of the drawers is easy to see and access.
-- Greg D.