Drawers Under The Table Saw Extension

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Project by hotncold posted 08-22-2014 01:30 AM 4956 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The extension wing on my table saw was always cluttered with “stuff” that I use with the saw; ear and eye protection, featherboards, push sticks, Gripper, Mag-switch stop blocks, etc. When I adjusted the fence I usually had to “push” these things aside and hope that nothing was pushed off the table.

I added 2 drawers to hold those things that always seemed to accumulate. Most folks have built a complete unit on casters to occupy the space under the extension wings but since I already have blade storage, I didn’t need that much additional storage…just remove the clutter from the top!

I used 1/2” Baltic Birch ply for everything except the Walnut trim around the drawers and openings.
I also painted the case with jet black lacquer to match the SawStop and left the drawer fronts natural finished with 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal.

I screwed some plywood brackets to the underside of the extension wing to mount the drawer unit.
The last 2 pictures show the before and after!

Your comments are welcomed! Thanks!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 01:52 AM

Love the walnut trim. Of course, I love walnut on just about anything. Fine job.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 02:55 AM

Congratulations on a job well done! My saw looks worse than your 5th photo and building a set of drawers like yours is on my bucket list. I’m jealous.

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

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 03:46 AM

That looks great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 02:19 PM

good job on getting rid of the clutter. for every bit of clutter that I put away, two more take it’s place. lol.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 08-22-2014 02:57 PM

Nice job. Like you, there is always a ton of junk on my extension. But I can’t put a cabinet on the floor because of a dust collection duct. This is the perfect solution. You’ve just inspired my next project.

-- I'm a LumberJock and I'm OK.............. I sleep all night and I work all day !!

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#6 posted 08-22-2014 03:47 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone – keeping clutter from accumulating on EVERY horizontal surface has always been a challenge but it sure makes working in the shop more enjoyable when I can.
I try to spend the last few minutes in the shop putting things back where they belong, but those things on my table saw didn’t have a “place” until now!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 08-22-2014 06:11 PM

Hi Dennie, Where you have the drawers I have a moveable table sitting just to the outside with drawers where your drawers are. I have found that down threw the years in humming along there in the rhythm of building something in my shop. I have had different measure and other things in my hands, as well as the wood, as I approached my TS, and had got into the habit of abstinent mindely setting them down some where on that saws top. That is my book was/is a NO, No to begin with. So I built a table, just to my right, and right up against that end of the saw, and got into the habit of placing those “Things” there on that table then on to cutting.

Now what I noticed in your built in your drawers, it looks as though you installed the full drawer guides, and probably the stronger ones at that If so, the only addition I think that comes to mind I would have done, on your excellent idea. Would have been to put some kind solid top onto the top of that top drawer, A kind’ah solid surface to place those “Things” to keep my hands on the task at hand and that TS surface clear. Yet,,,, to have this top ( maybe oh ,1/2” Baltic Birch) to that drawer, removable. As in hinged/slid back/taken off, in order to get to store the things in my hand, yet like you said, and have strorage to store below. A double purpose drawer so to speak. Yet handy in both cases, and threw your idea, a small out of the way taking up little space, unless when needed.

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#8 posted 08-22-2014 10:44 PM

That’s perfect Dennie. Well done.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 08-23-2014 12:43 AM

Very nice looking build Dennie! I too have a Saw Stop and am doing some remodeling to give me more space in my woodshop. I’ll keep this idea in mind as I go forward. Thanks!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 11:51 AM

Very nicely done Dennie.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 10-17-2014 12:49 AM

Very elegant solution. Those drawer fronts look more like fine furniture pieces, than drawers on a table saw. Well done.

I just took my hanging drawer down from my table saw and built it into the stand. Nowhere near as elegant a solution but the saw dust had gotten so caked up in the drawer slides over the years, I could barely get the damn thing to open any more.

And you are right, it is so much nicer not having all the things you need scattered over the table saw any more or having to search for a table saw accessory.

-- Brad, Texas,

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