Shop Project #8 - 8 tray Saw blade holder

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 01-20-2013 08:11 PM 5067 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My scraps bin again provided the source of materials for this 8 drawer blade holder. The drawer fronts and face frame is birch, salvaged from a pallet. The base for the trays are 1/4” ply and the carcase is 3/4” luan ply. The handles are off cuts of walnut. I cut the handles to lenght with a 1 1/4”forstner bit, this made for semi circular indents at the sides which created for finger pulls. The plan had the drawer base extend beyond the drawer face and shaped with the router to provide a little tab for a pull. I thought this a little fussy and went for the nail on drawer pull version.

There should have been 10 drawers (the bottom drawer is for a dado set) however the cutting diagram (Woodsmith) had the groves in the sides of the carcasse spaced at 1 1/4”, in fact they should have been spaced 1” apart. This didn’t become apparent to me untill I had cut all the parts. So instead of 10 trays I now have 8.

I couldn’t find the little Self adhesive bumper pads as detailed in the plan so I used some furniture pads instead on the base of the tray to protect the blade. These just allow for a little space between the blade and the tray to allow you to get your finger nail under the blade making it a little more simple to lift it off the tray.

I used four coats of oil for protection which took about a week and a half to dry due to the cold weather conditions. I had to bring it into the house in the end to dry it off.

Thanks for looking.


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

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 08:13 PM

nice blade holder,it turned out good.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 08:17 PM

Thanks whitebeast

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

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 10:09 PM

A neat solution that fits nicely with the rest of the shop.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 10:20 PM

Slick! Great looking saw blade cabinet, which will keep your blades safe, handy and organized. You’ll enjoy this every time you use it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 10:29 PM

Very nice indeed. I checked out your shop photos, also very nice.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 12:40 AM

Looking pretty dang good David… Finish was worth the wait. I think you almost got the hang of it…just a wee bit more practice and you will be top notch….with that in mind, need to send you mine so you practice on it…lol Nice work as always sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 01:46 AM

nice project David…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 01:56 AM

Nice project David. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 04:15 AM

I like it. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 04:26 AM

Stellar job, as usual, pal…...Looks like you saved just the right spot to hang it, too…..Just one question: If you buy one more sawblade, where you gonna put it….you’re out of room…… know me, never too serious…..great project, and I enjoy seeing your work, as usual…....Keep in touch…....

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 09:17 AM

Thanks boys and girls for taking the time to look and comment on the blade cabinet project.

Much appreciated.


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

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 02:35 PM

i like it to david….now build another to hold sheets of sand paper…


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