Blade Storage Cabinet

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Project by ChunkyC posted 01-30-2011 04:00 AM 3773 views 24 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Red Oak ply, Red Oak and 1/4” hardboard. Pretty simple little project (built in one day.)

I designed it to hold 12 blades but I only had enough 1/4” hardboard for 8 drawers, which just happens to correspond to my 8 piece dado set.

The funky coloring is from where I wiped it down with MS to take off the sanding dust and any left over chalk. I’ll finish it with a couple coats of poly-u next time I have the poly-u out. I have good intentions on making a couple more. Another for more TS blades and one that will hold full 9×11 sheets of sandpaper. I haven’t decided if I want to edge the ply or not. It would certainly look better if I did but … You know how that goes.

Thanks for looking.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 04:58 AM

Interesting project. Good idea. I’ve got a few of those knocking around, I mean idea wise. Good to see how they come out…

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 11:36 AM

I like that, it’s a project that’s quick enough to make no matter how busy you are & very useful. You could write on the front of the drawer slide the blade I.D. for quick reference

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 05:00 PM

Great idea, nice work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 07:07 PM

I like it


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#5 posted 01-30-2011 07:34 PM

how do the drawers slide in and out? dados??

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 08:20 PM

Wow, nice job.

I made something like that, except my design is vertical and a lot cruder. I stack 2-3 blades on each of the pegs with no problems encountered. I used quarter inch MDF for the “drawers” and made a simple box out of scrap half inch ply. Dadoed quarter inch slots for the drawers. The box is quite heavy when loaded up with blades, if you expect to move yours around at all, add some handles on the sides.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 10:02 PM

The drawers slide on 3/4×3/4 Oak runners. I used a piece of 1/4 HB with a piece tape for a shim for spacing. I still had to sand the edges on the drawers a little to get the drawers to slide easily. They still don’t slide “free” but over time, I suspect that the HB will wear in a little, or at least that’s what I’m planning on.

I did go ahead today and stack the dado blades and chippers 2 per drawer. I used a small piece of 1/4 pegboard scraps as spacers between the blades. I may cut some 3/16 HB to reduce the space a little in the future.

Works great and now I almost have enough drawers for the rest of my blades but not quite.

The down side to this type of storage is that it has to set on a table top. I haven’t made any upper cabinets yet for the shop but I was thinking that I may be able to screw it to the bottom side of an upper. This would free up those ever-in-short-supply horizontal shop surfaces.

The box is quite heavy empty! I haven’t tried to lift it since I added more blades to it. With just the dado set in it, it wasn’t that bad the move around. Handles are a GREAT idea. I just may have to head down to the shop and make a couple.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 10:10 PM

Here’s a shot of the runners. The reason that I didn’t use dados is that in order for the drawers to be spaced evenly, the dado have to cut very accurately so that they are exactly 1” apart. It was easier for me to plane the runners and the fronts to the exact same thickness so that everything would line up correctly. I couldn’t think of a way to index so that all of the dados where space exactly the same.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 10:28 AM

Oh that’s a cool idea, i am very imprdessed! Builted myself a saw blade storage last year, but if i had seen your version before i had saved a lot of time because your version is simple but absolutely functionally.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 04:27 PM

Nice job, it’s great to see organized organization, that will really help when it comes to finding a blade, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 01:02 AM

I believe that the pictures are better than the actual project but kind words are appreciated. Now if I only had a good place for it to set.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#12 posted 02-24-2011 10:32 PM

I like this. Simple and very effective. Thanks for the post!

-- 73, Bob

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 07:42 AM

very nice and neat storage method. I see this design being repurposed for a variety of functions in a shop or around the home, this could even maybe be made into some kind of modular organizable set.

great idea!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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