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Forum topic by woodbutcherbynight posted 11-23-2017 03:17 AM 363 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2017 03:17 AM

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Currently I am in the design phase of making a cabinet base to mount two contractors saws bolted together on. This will give me the same footprint as I currently have with a single unit but gives me an all cast iron top as well as the extra saw. The extra saw will be set up to do dado’s for finger joints while allowing all other cuts to be on a regular blade.

My problem is not the layout of the base. This I have exact dimensions for and am satisfied with the design and strength of the cabinet to support the weight as well as remain stable. It is the extra space the cabinet offers I wish to take advantage of in the form of storage. So for those that have build cabinets or have suggestions on ideas of what you have put underneath I am all ears so to speak.

Currently all my tools have a home. It is supplies that I have been expanding my capability to have. But it seems to me that supplies can easily go elsewhere and the table saw cabinet can be the centerpiece where tools are stored. The cabinet height is set at 21 ½ inches maximum to which the saws are mounted on top bringing the overall height to 35 ¼ inches. Accounting for the frame and plywood on the front side this gives me storage area that comes to 49 ½ inches by 13 inches and about 22 ½ inches deep. This is where I have been stumped. About half of this area must remain as it is currently on my set up, this is jig and smaller measuring tools.

So what has worked well for you?

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#1 posted 11-23-2017 04:08 AM

A few pictures would help.

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 01:07 PM

I like full extension drawers. What I do it take all the tools/ supplies I think I will put in each and then make the drawers a bit bigger to fit it all. If you use doors and shelves, stuff gets put to the back and under a cabinet is it hard to see back there. The drawer brings everything out in sight and gives you instant access! Even a slide out shelf is better than a fixed one!

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#3 posted 11-23-2017 01:58 PM

Drawers, drawers, drawers. Table saws have a lot of accessories, you’ll need a drawer for extra blades, dado head, zero clearance inserts, etc. It is nice to have them all right there in front of the saw.

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#4 posted 11-23-2017 07:40 PM

Bearpaw I would offer a picture but all I have is 24 pieces of paper with sketched drawings for sides, top, bottom, drawers / cubby holes.


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#5 posted 11-25-2017 02:30 PM

pictures of your sketches then?

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#6 posted 11-27-2017 02:17 AM

Front of cabinet

Actual progress on carcass of cabinet as this evening. About 2/3 of the way along with carcass construction. The OSB is temp set up to take this picture.

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