Table saw cabinet and wings

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Project by sansoo22 posted 05-12-2021 12:22 AM 939 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This whole project was inspired by fellow LJ member woodbutcherbyknight. And more specifically in response to a comment I had made about not having space for things like a cross cut sled in my current shop configuration. Gunny’s response was along the lines of “you have space you just aren’t using it right”. And so I set out to build some organization around my table saw. The third pic shows everything I have stuffed into this little setup right now.

If you’re wondering why the top looks all splotched well so am I. My go to finish for shop furniture is Waterlox because its pretty durable if you can get past the smell. However the Masonite tops did not agree with it and after waxing it looks like that. The top is slick as snot on ice going downhill but its also sinfully ugly. Function over beauty I guess.

Both wings are built like shallow torsion boxes with an open bottom. I don’t know how else to describe it. Edge banding is soft maple. The cabinet is just Home Creapo grade birch with maple face and side frames to make it pretty. I did manage to get the drawer fronts to have continuous grain without screwing up so a win in “skillz” column there.

The cabinet supports the weight of the right wing utilizing 4 leveling corner feet that are hidden inside the bottom of the cabinet.

A simple allen key allows me to adjust all four corners to get the wing in line with the cast iron.

That about sums up the this project unless you like drawer organization then stay tuned for each of those.

Top drawer houses my dado stack in a custom mount thingy I made for it. As well as the other most important thing for dados which is my cheap caliper.

The second drawer is a mixed bag. I started with an organizer for all of my throat inserts and filled in the rest with whatever would fit.

The third drawer is my clunky attempt at a blade holder. It works but not super happy with it.

And the bottom drawer holds my small cross cut sled. I have since installed some side rails to keep it at the top of the drawer giving me space underneath of it. This is my old sled also. I’ve already started making a new one. I don’t like the Kreg top track and swing stop. Not liking Kreg products is starting to become a theme for me. And yes Gunny I will be painting the blade guard red on the new one red.

And so finally I had a place for a sled to answer Gunny’s comment. I’m working on a larger sled as well and who knows where the hell I’m going to store that. My shop has doors and windows in odd places making wall space an ultra premium. But i’m confident if i try to think like Gunny I will get it figured out.

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#1 posted 05-12-2021 12:51 AM

Really nice upgrade. You did an excellent job.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 05-12-2021 01:56 AM

nice way too take a inexpensive saw and make it into something a couple thousand more would be’s not always about more money as you have shown.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 05-12-2021 04:57 AM

Purity Nice, sure embarrasses me to think what is by my table saw!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-12-2021 05:13 AM

Nice one!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-12-2021 05:19 AM

sansoo, I’ve had some time to digest what you posted here since I first commented. Each time I look at it I find something else I like. Every single detail is perfect. From the leveling feet (I gotta remember those), to the storage layout, to the construction. I can’t think of a single thing I’d change.

I took the liberty of sharing your shout-out with Gunny (woodbutcherbynight). I think he’ll get a kick out of what he inspired.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 05-12-2021 08:42 AM

Sansoo pretty awesome. Makes me think I have to organize the cabinet under my saw. First is I have to get 1000 manuals out of the drawers!

PS the other kreg flip stop is much better. The one that is like a right angle (if that makes sense)

Thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#7 posted 05-12-2021 08:46 AM

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#8 posted 05-12-2021 12:44 PM

could you hang the new sled on the right side of the cabinet?

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#9 posted 05-12-2021 04:13 PM


Wow! Never can have too much room on the TS.

I am impressed with the cabinet. Lots of details worked into this project. Must have taken a lot of time.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#10 posted 05-12-2021 07:35 PM

Great build. Taking that space, and turning it into a large scale storage hold, while maintaining full function of the saw. That is a lot of win win.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 05-12-2021 08:20 PM

Nice work, looks well laid out and should provide years of service for you. Quite an honor for me to have inspired you in this build.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 05-14-2021 01:23 AM

Good work! It turned out really nice. This is a project I will have to do one of these days.

-- Ben

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#13 posted 05-15-2021 05:24 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. This build did push my current skill set a bit but without this forum I doubt I would have gotten it done.

Rich – Its guys like you that give use new wood workers confidence. For whatever reason I can’t figure out pocket holes but let the internet tell me I should use them. This build I decided to leave those for face frames only. All the cabinet carcass parts are fit together with rabbets and dados. No alignment issues this time.

Two things I forgot to mention are all the drawer organizers are modular. If I get a new table saw I can reuse them in a new cabinet. And second the order things are placed in the drawers like dado stack, then throat inserts, and finally blades is because that is the order in which I change blades. I either work my way from the bottom up or the top down.

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#14 posted 05-15-2021 05:30 AM

Rich – Its guys like you that give use new wood workers confidence.

- sansoo22

You just made my day. Thank you for that.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#15 posted 05-23-2021 06:58 AM

Well thought out, laid out and executed project.

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