Table Saw Cabinet

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Project by Lenny posted 08-22-2012 09:08 PM 3786 views 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 09:15 PM

Looks like furniture. I really like the blade storage in the drawer.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 09:21 PM

That’s a good looking addition to the saw, Lenny.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 10:09 PM

Looks too nice for a shop cabinet!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 10:12 PM

Quite fancy and a project well done. I bet it will fill up quite fast. Mine sure did,

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 10:57 PM

Wow, good job Lenny.
Love the blade and dado storage.

Full extension too. Someday I will pony up to that.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 11:07 PM

That could go in my living room!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 11:14 PM

That is special Lenny. I’m with Ellen that could go in the living room. Great Job.

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 11:16 PM

Very nice Lenny…Thanks for the ideas.

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 11:29 PM

Nice job, and I am also a fan of the blade and dado storage.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 11:52 PM

good me ideas

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 11:55 PM

well well lenny, your first piece of shop furniture if i remember right, your on your way, it looks so grand, i like how the dye evened out the color it looks really super…i hope your doing well and enjoying life and retirement…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 12:18 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 01:02 AM

That is just perfect , Lenny !
The two wood colors really look beautiful with your expert craftsmanship bringing it all together : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 01:08 AM

Yes Lenny you can never have too much storage, and this unit fits the bill nicely for the TS. This is one I may have to borrow since I have the same dead space under my Uni-saw. I guess it pay to check the project page regularly, nice addition to the shop my friend take care and thank for posting…Wilson

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 01:32 AM

That’s a nice looking cabinet.
Now get that riving knife back on the saw where it belongs.


-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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