Table saw accessory cabinet

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Project by GregD posted 01-05-2011 05:12 AM 4568 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:20 AM

Nice cabinet. I’ve been meaning to make something like that myself. Thanks for the ideas!

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 05:24 AM

Nice job Greg.. I really enjoy shop projects.. not only looks good, but is also a very nice functional accent to that saw ..
Well done.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 05:35 AM

SAWSTOP!!!! plus shop-made storage. Great project.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 05:39 AM

Great idea! Very nice workmanship. I’ll bet it even keeps the dust off your accessories, if you remember to close the drawers. Now I gotta get busy and build me one.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 06:05 AM

Great idea, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 06:34 AM

Nice looking cabinet!

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 06:48 AM

Good looking cabinet. Something I need to make yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 06:51 AM

I like this idea and will consider doing something similar sometime in the next couple of months as it seems like a great way to have everything at the ready. It’d also be a great practice project as I have not yet built a set of drawers.

I think I might add some locking casters as my new table saw will probably not be stationary and I can only imagine trying to maneuver the saw around a cabinet like this.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 11:41 AM

Great job, I built one for mine as well with casters. Not as nice as yours. I had an idea I would only use what ever was in the shop. I proved trying at time as it would have been faster to head to HD but a challange is a challange. Well done.

Great looking saw.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 03:29 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Joedcatman – as you say, not much problem with dust on the accessories when I remember to close the drawers.

Jonathan & Ken – this cabinet is on wheels that are hidden behind the sides/back/kickplate. With them hidden there is no way to operate wheel locks, but kicking a shim under each corner is almost as easy. My garage floor is so uneven I almost always have to use shims anyway to keep things from rocking.

One happy coincidence is that with the cabinet bottom positioned so that the caster wheels extend 1/2” below the bottom edges of the cabinet sides/back/kickplate, there is a small space underneath the bottom of the bottom drawer and on top of the cabinet bottom. When I pull the bottom drawer all the way out it is not too hard to reach into this space. I keep my saw manual there – safe and out of the way, but still easy to find.

-- Greg D.

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 05:24 PM

Greg, I like it…..I like it a lot. Very nice craftsmanship….. I like it when a project comes together…. I’m with Gator. I like building shop furniture more than building for a customer. I just finished building an entertainment center for a customer, so this will be my next project for my shop. Right now I have just one drawer hanging under my saw (you can see it in my shop photos), but have plans drawn up for a saw cabinet like yours….... Like I said….... I like it !!!!!!!! Thanks for posting to give us a look….... Rick.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 12:36 AM

Thanks for posting your project. I’m currently making one myself. It’s nice to see what other have done and get some new ideas

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 03:19 AM

Sorry Greg, I have to be honest…. I REALLY LOVE YOUR SAW!! lol… oh.. nice cabinet too.

Nice work… I love the grain.


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#14 posted 01-06-2011 06:49 AM

Nice cabinet, gret job.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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