Tablesaw cabinet

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Project by Schwieb posted 09-01-2011 04:35 PM 6258 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ buddies. I especially hope that Div sees this and will welcome all comments.

After over 25 years of having my Unisaw, I upgraded it awhile back and bought a Biesemeyer fence system. I never had a shop big enough to accomodate the space it requires. This is a real nice addition to the shop. For me, the table saw is the heart of the shop and I decided to build a set of cabinets that would make the space it takes up useful. I had no plans for this, but I thought about it a lot and had seen a few posted on LJs that gave me some ideas. I considered all sorts of concepts to incorporate into it but decided to keep it simple. This is what I came up with after playing around with several designs. The right side cabinet is fixed, with leveling adjustments on the bottom. It stores the inserts, miter gauge, blades, other saws and the various fixtures and jigs that I made for the saw.

I very carefully designed the extension cabinet so it was mobile, but designed a pair of fixtures that would provide a detent to keep the cabinet lined up with the saw top and stable. I simply affixed a wooden block with short dowels to the angle iron on each end of the fence and prepared corresponding holes in the cabinet top.

I wanted a fold away extension for the top and designed it to fold back on itself. Trust me this took some careful planning. I came up with some removeable blocks that slip over the folding brace to keep it from collapsing. The top is 1 1/4” glued up MFD with a solid wood edge covered with plastic laminate. It’s very solid and flat. I designed it with a 3” overhang all the way around so I could use it for assembly when I needed to.

This was a very enjoyable project and has already been a wonderful addition to the shop. I like my fixtures to reflect the craftsmanship of the other finish work that comes out of it. I realize that raised panels and flush doors and drawers are not very utilitarian but they sure are pretty to look at. By the way I built my own motor cover and I do have the saw cabinet hooked up to the dust collection system. I used birch plywood and the solid wood is cherry.

Thanks for looking and your comments.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 04:41 PM

Very nice project. One of the best things you can do to advertise your work in a small space is to show off your craftsmanship in your shop furniture. When a person comes into your shop, they can see your skills with out having to have a showroom and seeing your work in person is better than seeing a portfolio. I really like it. Thanks for posting. I really like the fold away extension table. Very good design

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 05:13 PM

Thats one awesome cainet you have made there :) Why dont you drop by and build one for me cáuse i am short of time :D

Very well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 05:41 PM

Nicely executed and well planed. Nice shop and it looks well lit. Enjoy your addition.

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 06:02 PM

Wow Ken, that’s some nicely designed shop cabinetry!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 06:21 PM

nice but i wonder what it takes to get to the motor for maintenance?

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 06:36 PM

This is a nice project and timely too. I am prepping to build my own. I will study yours closely, I like what you have done. Thanks.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 06:55 PM

Great-looking storage cabinets.They will be beneficial to the table saw. Under-the-saw storage is a necessity these days for all the plunder we have to have to operate it. And it makes it so nice just to reach in a drawer and get what you need. I built one for my saw a few months back, and it’s a life saver. Now if I could just get into the shop and use it…..I’ve had this hip trouble and…...never mind…I see you are a tooth puller…lol. I want to build one like I made for the other side of the saw….Hopefully soon. Thanks for posting, and you have a great shop, also….Nice and clean enviorment to work in….that’s the way I like mine, too…

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 07:47 PM

Great looking cabinet. I’m in the process of a smaller version saw cabinet/router station. As I am limited on space I’m trying to move to a central working space around my table saw/router table combo. Your saw blade drawer will be a great addition that I hadn’t planed on, but think I’ll add a bit holder for my router also. Did you put a finish on it or just unfinished wood? Either way it looks great. Thanks

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 09:06 PM

Thanks for all of your kind comments.
A note to ken_c: Motor maintenance would be no problem. Althought I will say that I have never had a second’s problem with the motor in this machine. I said the right side cabinet was fixed (meaning set to the floor) but it is not attached to the top (right extension table). Because of how I made these components relative to the fence angle irons, it sets very soundly under it’s own weight and the saw can be adjusted for perfect level. This cabinet can be slid out from under the extension and 4 screws removed that hold the motor cover and there is the motor, trunion, etc for service and lubrication.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 10:56 PM

Hi Ken,
That is a wonderful add on to the table saw, you can handle all board sizes on this table.
Your shop sure is a dream, but also a wonderful reality that you created.
Hope you and the family are fine, here life moves in slow circles and yet my to do list never seem to get smaller.
Best thoughts from my heart,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 12:33 AM

that is just a big monster you sudently got there …. LoL :-)
but it can´t be in a woodshop you have taken the picture
no shavings, no sawdust , too clean and organised even the dustsystem looks great
oo you write never had a shop that was big enoff …
then congrat´s with your new shop :-) do you make tourist guided tours …. lol

enjoy and have fun

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 01:04 PM

This really came out great, the fit and finish looks perfect…plus it’s wonderfully functional!

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#13 posted 09-03-2011 02:18 PM

Thanks for the positive comments.

for Bsmith: I did finish it on all surfaces. This was my first venture into water based clear finishes. It doesn’t say on the instructions that you can spray this stuff, but I did. I used a sanding sealer, fine sanded, then a coat of semi-gloss finish coat on everything, light sanding again to the exterior and a final coat to the outside and doors and drawers. I liked the low VOC idea and clean-up was a breeze but feel like it made the cherry a little pinker that with a laquer or poly finish. We’ll see how it mellows out over time. I have always loved the warm red color that cherry gets as it ages.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 09-05-2011 03:35 AM

Beautiful cabinets, they fit nicely in your shop. To add a little color to the cherry you might try wheeling them outside for a day in the sun. I leave my oval boxes out in the sun for a couple of days before varnishing to help start the natural oxidation. This still works after the varnish is on but takes a little longer. Just keep an eye out for those afternoon storms, assuming we ever get rain again.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#15 posted 09-27-2011 04:50 AM

Beautiful job, Dr Ken.

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