Downdraft / Rolling Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 11-08-2010 01:46 AM 9586 views 33 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my rolling tablesaw cabinet. I wanted to have some dedicated space to store my tablesaw accessories, so I built a cabinet 31-1/2” high, with a 28-1/2×28-1/2” top. The cabinet is sized to roll under the wing of my tablesaw. It has a small but deep drawer on top, and two doors for storage below. It is great to store my router, biscuit jointer, and sander without the bulk of their factory storage containers. The wheels are ridgid double 4” casters in the rear and total lock pivoting casters up front. The height is perfect to sit on a rolling stool and sand, do layout work, or small assembly projects. A Rockler tool port and a v-shaped vacuum chamber allow this cabinet to moonlight as a downdraft table. Seal the chamber with silicone during assembly. I drilled 3/8” holes in the top, spaced 1-1/2” apart at the drill press. For the holes that the drill press couldn’t reach, I used a hand drill with guide block and an Emerson straightedge clamp. The total area of the downdraft surface is 13”x22” which is about right for my 650 cfm dust collector. Make sure all the holes are above the chamber, and not above the drawer. The v-shaped chamber helps direct sawdust toward the dust port. Rockler has plans online for a dust collector box. I didn’t want to lift the box up and down on a cabinet, so I simple incorporated it into a multipurpose cabinet. When sanding, your workpiece covers some of the holes, so the suction is pretty good. It works great and really keeps the dust out of the air.

EDIT: I later added 3/4” holes to improve suction, and it works great. If I had it to do over, I would skip the 3/8” holes and just use 3/4” holes. As a bonus they work for bench dogs.

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 01:54 AM

Nice build and use of available space.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 02:02 AM

Very neat.

Great design and space saver more space for toys…I mean tools.


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#3 posted 11-08-2010 02:56 AM

Nice work!

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 03:10 AM

Love this. great use of space and function. i envy this cart.

-- slowing down with bring you greater speed then going fast

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 03:41 AM

I like the size, not to big. glad it works well, something for me to think about building for my self.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 05:09 AM

Great portable work bench that you’ve made : )

I also built my own downdraft table and use a non-slip router / sanding mat between the table and workpiece and it allows the dust to get sucked through the holes in the mat.

You can get the same material at places like WalMart in their kitchen accessory department. : )

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 02:14 PM

Great use of space. Glad you shared this useful idea.

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 03:02 PM

Very nice solution!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 06:02 AM

Nice project. I just might have to use some of these ideas sometime.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 05:29 PM

Very nice. Maybe i will use your idea.

Thanks for sharing.

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