Table saw caddy

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Project by ChunkyC posted 11-28-2011 02:26 AM 3968 views 49 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always have a ton of detritus to the right of my table saw fence. I made this little puka to hold some of the mess. Made from all walnut scraps. The upper tray can slide to get access to the lower storage.


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#1 posted 11-28-2011 02:37 AM

Love it.

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 02:58 AM

Nice use of scraps and I think we all suffer from the same detritus pile up on the TS.

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 04:23 AM

Great idea! project for tomorrow.

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 04:26 AM

very cool. looks very refined and with good storage capabilities.

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 04:42 AM

Chunk you rock!

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 04:43 AM

not to shabby….

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 05:55 AM

Great idea, I might have to make me one of these

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#8 posted 11-28-2011 08:02 AM

That is damn clever. I always lose pencils, squares, tape measures, etc behind the fence support piece or in the miter slot, and they rattle around far too much. Someday I’ll drop an expensive square on the concrete floor, I’m sure. I may follow your example, though I’m not sure how I’d mount such a contraption to my small dewalt tabletop saw.

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#9 posted 11-28-2011 08:40 AM

That’s a nice tote for all your stuff that you use at the saw. However…I’m with WudNHevn as it would get in my way. It may work great for you, and I hope it does, but I couldn’t use something like that. I wear an apron when in the shop, and keep everything in the pockets so I don’t misplace them. That way I always know where everything that I’m using is at, and put it back in the pocket when I’m finished using it..

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 08:52 AM

That’s a terrific idea!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 11-28-2011 04:29 PM

Nice idea. I too will be stealing that idea.

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 04:50 PM

Nicely done, ChunkyC. That’s a great modification of the one I created and had published in Shopnotes or Woodsmith, can’t remember which. I really like how you’ve got the grooves for the pencils and chalk. my one complaint about mine is that I often hit the pencil and break the lead.

You can see mine here:

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For anyone who thinks it would get in the way, I’ve been using mine for 2 years and it hasn’t bothered me one bit. I try to keep mine just in front of where the throat plate is on my saw. It’s another reminder that hands don’t go past that line.

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 07:12 PM

Great work. I really like the locking miters you used for the tray. Did you put any finish on it? Thanks for posting.


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#14 posted 11-28-2011 07:37 PM

Great idea! Off to the shop to make one now. Probably pine though…used all the walnut for Christmas presents.

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 08:10 PM

Wow, I didn’t expect this much response. Now I’m regretting my original succinct posting.

Does it hang on the fence or is it just craddling it?

- Neither. The box actually rests on the table. The rest of it is just a means so that the it will slide front to back and move with the fence.

I like to hang my three fingers over the edge of the fence as I cut. Seems like it would be a little awkward moving the extra weight when you change measurements, how is it? -

I can’t even tell. The box bottoms are only about 3/16” thick. I had a thin piece left over from a resaw that I made a few weeks back so it wont hold a lot of weight. Besides, it’s not that big. It’s 12” long by ? (I don’t use a tape when building things. I use the TLAR method.)

seems like it would get pretty sawdusty

- I agree. I thought of a lid but that would limit the already limited available space.

As for getting in the way, I made it so that it was a low as possible. I had a small “box” that used to sit on top of the fence that was always getting in the way, hence the need for a better method.

The locking miter joints on the tray are actually backwards but I’m lazy. If I were to make the joints as they should have been, that would have required me to actually know the inside width of the box, subtract the depth of the dado, yahdah yahdah … Like I said, lazy. Making the joints this way, I get a better glue joint, and I don’t have to measure anything. So what if the tray is a little longer.

I haven’t finished it. I have two other projects in the finishing area and no room for a third. I’ll spray some poly on it when I have the room.

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