Undersaw storage for new style Delta Unisaw

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Project by Triumph1 posted 06-24-2012 07:14 PM 7618 views 29 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having a very small shop to work in, every bit of free space has to be used. I noticed all this wasted space under my Delta Unisaw and decided to utilize it for better purpose…storing hand tools to protect them from dust.

The carcass is made from 3/4” oak faced plywood. Internal supports are pine and the face frames are constructed out of poplar. Finally got to really use my Kreg pocket hole jig and man, is that thing amazing. Really speeds up the building process.

Drawers are constructed of 3/4” plywood also with 1/2” plywood bottoms. I know that seems overkill but I knew I was going to be filling the drawers with heavy objects. I used a lock rabbet joint to construct the drawers. All draw glides are full extension Accuride. The two large drawers use 26” full extensions…that is a big glide! The company I work for switched buildings and they were throwing out boxes of Accuride glides…the small drawers ride on those. Since they were smaller I designed two drawers that come out the back also. Drawer fronts are Maple that has gotten pretty chewed up by powder post beetles. A couple more years and the wood would have been useless.

The body was painted black to match the saw but the drawer fronts have been polyurethaned.

The last picture shows this mornings work. All the hand tools are in their own place. I used Kaizen Foam to give each tool its own spot. I can’t stop opening this drawer up and just staring!

Well, back to the basement. This cabinet has set me back a bit on other projects! Time to make some sawdust!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 07:17 PM

This is a great storage unit. It’s always good to take advantage of extra space in the shop. I’m very jealous of your plane collection, too… I may have to borrow your foam cut-out system idea since it looks so clean.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 07:28 PM

Hi Jeff;

That is a sweet looking setup!!! Great job.

That is a really good looking saw, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-24-2012 07:33 PM

Very nice. I can imagine how at our passing, our young-uns will say, no I don’t want the saw, but I DO want that cabinet to go in my living room.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 06-24-2012 08:35 PM

A definite touch of class there, Jeff. Solid yet elegant.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 06-24-2012 08:41 PM

What a fantastic use of space. You did an excellent job making some otherwuse ordinary wood look great and useful.

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#6 posted 06-24-2012 08:52 PM

Utilitarianism at its best. I can see the draw of opening the drawer and just drooling. Nice tools, and I like the new Unisaw too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 06-24-2012 09:28 PM

That is awesome. Nice set up

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#8 posted 06-24-2012 11:17 PM

Really nice. You have given me some ideas for using the lost space under my saw. Thanks.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 06-24-2012 11:23 PM

Very nice Jeff…..great use of the space – the back to back drawers are a nice touch and the Kaizen foam is now on my list of things to acquire…...thanks.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 06-24-2012 11:38 PM

Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet.

Man you got class. I need to look into some of that foam. That is a great job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 06-24-2012 11:58 PM

First class job!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 12:17 AM

Hey Jeff…you did a sweet job. I built something similar around my old craftsman but I have been dreaming of a new Delta Unisaw. It’s great to see what can be done. My question is…is your saw portable and if so, does the cabinet move with it or stay staionary? I have to move my unit occasionally to accommodate 4×8 sheets.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#13 posted 06-25-2012 12:44 AM

That’s just a great idea, well executed.
My one question is regarding the mobile base.
If I built that on my unisaw it would cover the actuating lever for lifting / lowering the base.
Have you re-engineered it or is this a different mobile base unit?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 06-25-2012 01:47 AM

Well thanks guys! I would have to say I really do like the saw also. I will admit though that I won the saw in a woodworking competition…but after using it for over a couple years I would have purchased one just like it…just with a shorter auxiliary table…this thing is long!

As for the Kaizen foam…the stuff is great. Shop around for it a bit though because they nail you on shipping because of the size. While you are at it definitely purchase the long nose marker . That made marking the foam so easy. When you get one you will ask yourself why someone didn’t invent one faster.

Gbear- The entire saw is on a mobile base. The cabinet is also on the base so everything moves as one.

Paul – The cabinet comes right up to the actuating lever. I wanted to use the space at the very end of the saw also so I designed a shelf that goes over the actuating arm. When I need to move the saw a remove the machinist chest and slide the shelf back. This gives me more access to the actuating pedal. I still would like to design a rod I could insert into the pedal and do the actuating from above. Pictures are below. The fourth picture is of Hopper…he wouldn’t leave me alone while I was taking the pictures:-)

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#15 posted 06-25-2012 02:06 AM

Very kool Jeff. Thnx for the link on that drawer liner stuff. Very interesting. That saw looks like a king for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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