Mobile table saw cart / cabinet

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Project by JasonD posted 08-03-2012 03:35 AM 6884 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanting some new cabinets for our laundry room, my wife bought me a new table saw and dado stack for my birthday last month. I mostly work with hand tools and my shop isn’t very big. That meant leaving the new saw sitting on it’s stand in the middle of my shop just wasn’t an option.

So, I took some measurements, grabbed some graph paper and a pencil, and got work on a cart / cabinet that I can roll out of the way when not in use. It’s a simple design. It’s built from a single sheet of 1/2” CDX with a couple of pieces of 2x scrap. The pine wasn’t used so much for structural strength as much as it was for making it easier to attach the door and back panel.

The main carcase was made by laminated the plywood pieces to make the top, bottom, and sides 15/16” thick. It is SOLID and has some good weight to it which handles any possible vibration from the saw much better than the flimsy stand that came with it did.

The carcase sides are glued into dado’s in the top and bottom of the case. To eliminate any sharp edges, I cut a 3/4” radius curve on all the top / bottom corners on the bandsaw, then cleaned them up with a spokeshave, rasp, and cabinet file.

The casters are monster 5” casters that have a dual locking mechanism that prohibits rolling and rotation when locked. The finish is 2 coats of Old Fashioned Milk Paint; soldier blue. The inside of the cabinet hasn’t been painted yet; waiting for my order of white milk paint to come in from Woodcraft some time next week.

The pictures are:
1 – Front view the saw and cart.
2 – Dry fit of the carcase.
3 – The first coat of milk paint.
4 – Side view of the saw and cart.
5 – Close-up of the casters.
6 – Inside of the cabinet which houses my goggles, dust mask, push stick, dado gauge test board, zero clearance inserts for different dado sizes, dado stack set, etc.

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 01:29 PM

I need one of these for my portable TS. Simple, functional. Thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 02:46 PM

Thats a great design you came up with there. How you like your Dewalt saw? I have one also maybe not the same model but looks close enough. I’ve read lots of bad things about it after purchasing from a pawn shop for 175 bucks but I tell you what im very pleased with it since im no pro or anything.

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 05:22 PM

Jason, I love the saw. My first table saw was a $99 Ryobi that I burned up in less than a year. Compared to that saw, this Delta is a dream.

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 11:47 PM

Great! One of my next (one of many) is going to be a cart/table or my TS. I knew what I wanted but you have such a simple design. This will make a great project. I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 03:01 AM

Very cool Jason! I am sure you will get much use out of that saw, especially since you can maneuver it out of the way quickly when its not needed. Enjoy!

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 05:01 PM

I like the heavy duty casters. :-)

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 04:56 PM

I just got the same saw and am looking to build a similar cart for mine. How about dust? Do you get a build up between the saw and the table? I am thinking about cutting a hole in the center of the table top and putting a tray under to catch falling dust.

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 05:01 PM

That really looks good and will help you tremendously in maintaining the room in your shop. What would we do without casters?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 09-13-2013 04:26 PM

I apologize for the long delay in replying. I’d been out of the shop (injured my wrist training) for a while and stayed away from woodworking sites (it was depressing to read about something I wanted to do but couldn’t. lol).

Anyway, I just hook my dust collector hose up to the port on the back. It takes care of a lot of it, but I just vacuum with an extension on my shop vac (going through a 2-stage filter) for whatever gets trapped between the saw and the top of the cart.

I originally thought about cutting a hole for dust to fall through, but I much prefer to have the area below the saw for dust-free storage.

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