Tablesaw Fence Caddy #2: Replace Caddy with Mobile Cart

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-26-2017 03:30 AM 2164 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have replaced the tablesaw caddy with a new mobile cart.

UPS delivered my new cart today. This cart is a bit longer than my other Luxor cart that I have owned for a few years now.

With this new cart I have gained a few advantages for storing tools and accessories for my table saw. Per a previous conversation in this blog,

(1) I will have a cleaner and thus safer surface on my tablesaw extension table and

(2) besides the items I had in the caddy I have been able to store all of those items plus all of my table saw related tools and accessories in this three shelf cart.

I have in this cart what I previously had piled on my extension table. That includes my MicroJIG Grippers, push sticks, Starrett metal 24 inch metal rule, pencils, dust mask and ear muffs. With the capacity of this cart I now also store all of three SawStop plate inserts, the two extra safety brakes plus all of my MagSwitch fences and featherboards; that includes the Resaw fence for use at my bandsaw.

I have also stored in this cart my Diablo DADO set and my Freud Box Joint Cutter set. All of my table saw stuff are now here in my cart. I won’t have to make those extra steps.

As a side note, here is a photo of my original cart that is at least a temporary “home” to my Powermatic mortiser. On this cart I store my hollow mortising bits plus all of my router bits. I use a teardown router table made after a plan I found in Fine Woodworking Magazine; thus I do not have a single storage cart for router supplies as yet.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 10-27-2017 01:32 AM

I may build a mobile cart to store and display these items; thus freeing this cart for use to transport lumber during my milling processes.

I am also considering a build of an under table saw cabinet that will park under my SawStop extension table. I have noticed that Steve Johnson, the Down-to-Earth-Woodworker is beginning his process to build a similar cabinet or storage cart.

I have also seen a Woodsmith plan for building a storage cart under table saws. It has an interesting feature of vertical slides where tools and accessories are hung.

I will research all of this more before deciding what to do in the final solution…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 04:24 AM

Well the caddy didn’t last long.

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 05:58 PM

Yeah, this huge caddy did not last long. That caddy did organize things on top of my table saw. Having those things tucked away in an organized fashion helped, but I did recognize beforehand that it would also bring some negative issues. One of those issues was added weight on my RIP fence. My Bob Van Dyke multi-use RIP fence added some weight. Now I realize I do not want to place more weight on top of it. The weight of these two things are enough to drag across the surface of my table saw.

Why did I build this caddy? I guess I was anxious to do something easy in my shop and saw that Woodsmith newsletter. I did the project like an impulse purchase. I had the sheet goods available so I went ahead and built it within a few hours. I had not thought through a more lasting solution for storage and organization of tools and accessories at my table saw.

This mobile cart is also a temporary solution. What I really want is a storage cart that I can park under my Saw Stop’s extension table. I will give this idea some serious thought before I begin work building a new cart .

If anyone has a good solution they have built or have seen, please point me to a weblink. I’m looking… What I have seen so far are the two items I wrote earlier about in this blog: Steve Johnson’s new project on his Down-To-Earth-Woodworker channel and a Woodsmith library plan I referenced above.

-- --- Happy Howie

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