Blade Box Redux

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Project by jcees posted 03-08-2008 05:49 AM 7417 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ten years ago, I was fretting over the state of my tablesaw blade storage, er, uh, there was none! I had them in a flat file drawer with sheets of cardboard to separate them. As I would swap one for a sharp one or one of a different use, I’d have to do a blade shuffle and be careful not to bang them into one another. ENOUGH!!!

I came up with this solution with three parameters in mind; it had to be portable so I could haul the blades to the sharpening service safely, it had to be made of scraps as in I couldn’t use it as an excuse to buy another 100 bd’ of cherry, and last but certainly not least—it had to be easy to make. I’m lazy like that.

So here’s what transpired using a 4 inch wide by 48 inch strip of leftover 3/4” Baltic Birch ply, about one half sheet of 1/8” tempered hardboard, two leftover drawer bails [‘cause it’s heavy when it’s full], an old 3” door hinge, two plastic bumpers, and the only thing I actually had to purchase was the hasp and I think it beat up a two dollar bill.

I cut four equal length pieces of the Birch ply then mitered the ends and grooved them to accept the hardboard. There are eight pieces of hardboard apx. 11 inches square. I used slow set West Systems epoxy in order to have enough open time to pull this puzzle together and get it all into a pair of Bessey band clamps. Obviously I only applied glue to three sides. After that, it was a matter of installing the hardware after a coat of poly. I knew I got it right when my sharpener said, “Wow, I like that.”

It would be an easy enough design to expand in order for it to hold more blades, but as it is, when it’s toting 7 blades it tips the bathroom scale at over twenty pounds. A more comfortable handle would be nice too, maybe a leather chest handle… and maybe some nice brass corners… naaaa. Anyway, I made the parts double so if I expand the blade collection much more I can slap one of these together in an hour and be using it by tomorrow.

To dispense a blade is simplicity in itself; you tilt the box forward on the knuckle of the hinge while holding your other hand across the open front, when the blades roll forward it is easy to see which one you’re after and putting a finger on it, relax the box back and the rest roll back into the box. Sweet.

Here’s a closer look at some of the details…

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#1 posted 03-08-2008 06:36 AM

Nice work, and good use of leftover materials.

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#2 posted 03-08-2008 06:45 AM

Form follows function….....looks great, and easy to store!

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#3 posted 03-08-2008 06:47 AM

Nice idea. I think I might have to make one for myself. My dado could use a better case then the one it came it. Maybe some variation of what you have here.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#4 posted 03-08-2008 08:05 AM

Good design. I could use one of these too. I might be stealing your idea!

By the way, If you put an exclamation mark (!) before and after your photo links they will actually appear in your blog.

This: (without the spaces)
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Turns into this:

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#5 posted 03-08-2008 11:22 AM


Sorry to butt in, I just wanted to thank Blake, I did not know about the ! when posting photos.

Great blade holder, thanks for sharing

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 01:30 PM


This is a very practical solution to a common problem. And is is another reason why we don’t toss cutoffs. For less than two dollars you have a nice blade box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 02:13 PM

And with the weight of all those blades he gets some exercise as well LOL


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#8 posted 03-08-2008 03:43 PM

Very nice design and construction, thamls for the post.

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#9 posted 03-08-2008 03:52 PM

Good idea! And good use of scrap wood

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 03-08-2008 04:18 PM

thats such a good idea. i would never have thought of that. thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 03-08-2008 06:19 PM

Now that’s a beauty! Great idea.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#12 posted 03-08-2008 06:21 PM

That’s pretty cool! I am going to need something for my blades pretty soon.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 03-09-2008 12:04 AM

Great idea for a problem alm ost all have. I will scale it down for my dado blades set! I am tired of the cardboard box and plastic edge guards!

Thanks for the post!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 03-09-2008 03:14 AM

Thanks all. Don’t we all love a simple useful thing! Joshua and Hawg, I think I saw a dado holder plan a while back. If I cam find it, I’ll forward it to both of you as I need to do the same.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 03-09-2008 04:03 AM

Great simple design. very simple, yet very effective.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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