Saw Blade Organizer

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Project by Greg S posted 09-20-2011 03:01 PM 3041 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something to build with the scrap in my shop -a saw blade organizer. I used 1/2” dowel for the blade arbor receivers (5/8” dowel out of the box was too tight). The handles and blade supports in the drawers are from 3/4” red oak I had laying around. I made the handles on the band saw, then used my wood burning pen to scribe the blade size on the face of the handles. The oak strips on the drawer bottom are there so you can easily get your fingers under the blades to pick them up out of the drawer.

One booger with it – the 12” drawer’s face grain runs vertically. Like I said, I used what I had in the shop. And after all, it’s just a blade organizer!

I’m the utter definition of novice, so be kind with your comments! :-)

-- It's only wood

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 03:20 PM

Really great idea, I will probably steal it…lol Will give credit to you though! There is a blog on LJ’s that I stumbled on about what to do with scrap pieces!

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 03:23 PM

A nice, organized way to store your blades. I like it! I just may have to borrow your idea and make one of these myself!

-- -- Stan

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 04:04 PM

I like it also and I don’t see novice written on it. Very well done!

I have been working on plan of sort for a blade organizer as well mine is similar sled type drawers in style but instead of a dowel to hold the blades in the center. I am working on a thin tray that will slide or rotate out the side of the sled allowing me to pick the blade out that I want without having to remove all of my blades of that size just the one I am looking for. I still have not decided if I want to use wood of plastic for the trays.

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 04:15 PM

@ shopsmithpoppi – great idea on the rotating blade trays! Much quicker to dial in the blade you need!

I can’t tell you how long I looked around in my shop for something that made sense for the blade arbor posts. I thought about epoxying a 5/8 bolt in the drawer bottom so you could use a wing nut to hold the blades in place. However, the head of the bolt is > 1/2” thick, so it would’ve protruded through the bottom of the 1/2” plywood drawer bottom. I thought about using a clevis pin instead… too clunky to put a spring pin through it just to ensure blades don’t come off. There are some other options I considered too like shoulder bolts, spacer/coupling with a smaller bolt through the middle, threaded rod solutions, etc. In the end, I determined that a.) dowel was WAY cheaper and b.) I really didn’t have a “need” to hold the blades down… gravity will do that. It’s not like I’m going to wildly swing the loaded drawers around, risking them coming off the drawer. The dowel was the only thing I actually went out and purchased for this – $3 vs. > $20 for all the hardware to do any of my other options.

Would love to see your finished project too!

-- It's only wood

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 06:30 PM

i’m definitely going to have to steal this too.

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