In pondering the best way to store my table saw blades, I came up with this design. I’m sure I’ve just borrowed bits & pieces from other designs and combined them here though. Isn’t that the way it always happens? :)
Here’s the assembled box with a few of my favorite Red, Silver, and my new Blue blades:
My Design Criteria:
- Allow quick access to any blade without too much moving of other blades to get to the one I was after.
- Provide reasonable protection from banging the blades against each other and chipping the teeth.
- Allow a quick visual of inventory and selection.
- Hold a lot of blades without taking up a lot of space.
- Simple for anyone to build
- Oh, and lets not forget… made from cheap(or better yet, FREE) materials.
A close second was the Pizza storage system. I still believe a simple cubby hole system to hold Four or more 10” Pizza boxes would suit almost all of my requirements. Each pizza box could contain a) Rip, b) Crosscut, c) Specialty, and d) Needs Resharpened. Each box would sit on its own shelf and have a layer of cardboard to separate the blades in the box. Extra cardboard dividers would be stored under the bottom blade in each box:
Almost forgot to mention the French Cleats on the back. A wonderful idea, whoever came up with that one. The other box has FC’s as well but must have been hidden when I took the snapshot.
FWIW: Did you know that you can easilly and accurately cut cardboard on your bandsaw and table saw? I’ve done this for years. Be a little extra cautious though. Remove all ragged edges(and staples) before attempting this. And of course, if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then don’t. :)
Although I like the Pizza box design, I thought some folks would want a little bit classier holder.
I designed this at 9 1/4” deep so the blades would protrude for easy access. And at 13” x 17 1/4”, it doesn’t take up much wall space. Not bad for storing 20 blades and having instant access to every one. The carcase was designed at 1/2” thick with 3/32 Hardboard for the dividers.
There’s even storage for your favorite Dado set (or a nice Pizza).
The shelves do not go all the way to the back. This allows the inevitible sawdust accumulation to fall out the back.
I realize that is probably overkill, but I included it here just to show how you can think ahead on your projects.
You can see from this cut-away how little riser blocks are added to every other slot to allow easier access when grasping a blade. You can also see how the shelf is slanted to keep your blades in place:
Even the riser blocks allow for natural sawdust evacuation as they are chamfered at the back:
The riser blocks are removable and could be shaped to allow for some of your 7 1/4” blades. Actually, if you’re gonna do that, you might as well put the 7 1/4” blades on the bottom and all your 10” blades on the riser blocks.
Get creative, and save some space. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
EDIT: The vertical hardboard dividers don’t have to be glued in. They could be removable as well.
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