|Project by Lenny||posted 08-22-2012 09:08 PM||4595 views||16 times favorited||26 comments|
This is an “under and to the side of the table saw” cabinet. It makes use of the otherwise dead space under the extension wing. I had a slew of tools in their molded plastic cases lined up under the space. I found that I tended to store/leave table saw accessories on the extension work surface. You know, push sticks, tape measure, Wixey angle finder, arbor wrench, etc. Now, I will be able to store those items in a drawer. Additionally, and, for me, more importantly, I can store my saw blades and dado blade set in a drawer conveniently located right next to the saw itself.
Let me say I have seen several of these here on LJ and I took my inspiration and ideas from those projects. I will however, give individual credit to Angela. Since she too owns a Powermatic PM2000, I was able to use many of the dimensions she used. Also, when it came to lumber selection, I liked the look of her solid walnut frame against the Baltic birch plywood. I had some nice cherry pieces that were the perfect size (and quantity) for this project so I opted to use them. However, two pieces of the cherry differed greatly in tone from the others. I had some dye left over from a recently completed project so I used it to even out the tone of the pieces and also achieved that darker contrast evident in walnut/birch. The face frame is joined using Kreg pocket holes and the entire frame is attached to the cabinet carcass using biscuit joinery. Lastly, in terms of credit to Angela, I really liked her method of storing her dado set so I made sure I incorporated it.
As noted above, the cabinet is custom-fit to my table saw. The overall dimensions are: 32 inches wide by 24-3/4 inches deep by 27 inches tall plus 3 inch locking casters. I opted for three drawers with the bottom being 12 inches deep, the middle 5-1/8 inches and the top 3-3/8 inches. Aside from the location of saw blades and the dado set, I have not designated what will go where. Since the saw is mobile, I figured the cabinet should also be mobile.
Rather than making individual partitions between blades, I cut slots into which the blades fit. Dado set storage begins with a tall ½ inch dowel. That gets glued in the center of a ½ inch thick square spacer and the spacer is glued and nailed to the drawer bottom. Then it is a matter of alternately stacking a blade/chipper and a spacer. While most of the plywood is Baltic birch, two of the drawer bottoms and the 1/4 inch back are construction grade plywood I had lying around. I installed 22” full extension drawer runners and the finish is 2-3 coats of Minwax clear satin polyurethane.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI