My latest escape.....A table saw cabinet....!!

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Project by Rick Dennington posted 02-25-2011 09:18 AM 12271 views 28 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 6 months ago, I sketched up and drew the plans for this saw cabinet. But other projects for a few customers kept me from building the cabinet. So when I finally got caught up on those, it was time to get started. I had 1 drawer under the saw for a long time, but quickly ran out of room in it. I wanted a cabinet that would have plenty of drawers for all my plunder to go in them. So this is what I came up with: The cabinet is 30” high, 31” wide, and 23” deep. With 2” locking casters it made it 32” high…perfect to fit under the saw. The carcuss is 3/4” Birch ply (American, not Chinese). I cut 3/4”x 3/8th” rabbits on the top and bottom of the sides, a 1/4”x 1/4” dado along the back of the sides for the back panel, set the top and bottom in the rabbits, glued and nailed them in place with 18 gauge nails…no screws at all. Clamped it up making sure eveything was square, and let it dry for about 4 hours. After it dried, I trimmed the outter edges around the box with 3/4”x 3/4” oak hardwood. Glued and pinned it again with 18 gaude nails, and filled the nail holes. Next came the slides. I used 22” K/V 8400 bb full extention slides, and spaced them out equally to be able to fit 4 drawers in. Once that was done, it was time to build some drawers. I wanted the drawers to be 6”, and after coming up 1/4” from the bottom and cutting a 1/4” dado for the bottom, the drawers would be 5 1/2” deep x 28 1/2” wide and 22” long. I cut all the drawer parts and bottoms and assembled them, always checking for square. The inside diminsion of the box was 29/1/2” minus 1” = 28 1/2” wide drawers. I use what I call the “1” rule in spacing between the drawers…works evey time.. Now it’s time to build the overlays for the drawers. With the plywood I had left over is what I used for the fronts. After careful measuring and spacing between each drawer, I used a 1/8” shim to space the drawer fronts. Then I pinned the drawers with 1” 18 gauge nails, and screwed down the overlays to the drawer fronts with 1” square-drive screws 1” long. When it was assembled, I filled the nail holes. I lightly sanded everything down with 220, put on 3 coats of a 50-50 mix of tung oil and mineral spirits, letting each coat dry about 6 hours each. Once dry, I moved it in place under the saw table extention.
It fit perfectly, with about 1” of clearence. Now I’ve got plenty of storage for everything I need at the saw. Thanks for looking, and feel free to make one for yourself…you’ll be glad you did….....

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

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 10:56 AM

Great work Rick, looks the part too, no doubt it will be full to the brim before you know it lol, you can never have too much room eh? Well done.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 11:08 AM

nice set-up you have there, very good

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 11:17 AM

Nice job, I have made a cpl of these as well. Never enough storage right? Your clamps are too clean… LOL I need to spend a day soon cleaning mine up. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 11:25 AM

Hey Rick,
Sweet set-up of a shop and nice designed cabinet…good job.

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 02:12 PM

you have a very nice shop
thanks for sharing

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 02:25 PM

Very Nice! I have one those on my to do list too, once I build a router table to get the router outta the extension wing.

-- Jim, Michigan

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 02:28 PM

This is a great addition to the saw.

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 03:22 PM

That’s definitely cool, and useful all rolled up into one nice ball…lol

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 03:48 PM

Thanks guys for the nice comments….It is such a good improvement over what I had. I had a lot of fun building it. That’s my favorite thing to build is shop furniture…..

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

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 03:53 PM

Excellent work as always, Rick. You’ll be able to fit a boatload of stuff in that cabinet. I think we’re on the same page, these shop projects are just as satisfying as fine furniture!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 03:54 PM

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 04:07 PM

Hiya Cory,
I thought you had skipped the country… Haven’t heard anything from you in a while…..Thanks for the nice comment…..You inspired me to get busy when I saw your cabinet, but I was tied up with other things at the time…..I really like building this stuff…lol. It’s sooo much fun…...

Thanks Mojo1. It’s so new I haven’t got it loaded up with my plunder yet… But I will….

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

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 02-25-2011 04:13 PM

Hey Dan,
Years ago my band use to play a bluegrass festival out South of town there in Texarkana. It was called the Strange Family B.G. festival…. You ever heard of it? Great shows and great folks to work for…..Lot of fun..

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 04:23 PM

Much too organized for me. LOL

Great job on the cabinet. You have inspired me, now if you could send me time to do it. I still need more storage (or less tools)


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#15 posted 02-25-2011 04:27 PM

Very nice addition to a super nice shop.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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