Table Saw Tool Storage Cabinet

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 01-19-2014 04:53 AM 4230 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I have been trying to use up the wood I have on hand. In my storage shed, I have several pieces of 1/2 inch CDX plywood and some 1/4 inch stuff left over from other projects.

I gathered up what I could find and built this tool storage cabinet. It is not very big, but it will work nicely for me.

The cabinet top and bottom are both 1 inch thick, the result of laminating two pieces of the 1/2 inch ply together.
The sides are 3/4 plywood. The drawers are actually mostly trays consisting of a single piece of 1/4 inch ply with a piece of 5/8 dowel glued in the center to keep the saw blades from shifting around.

The top drawer actually has sides so I can store a thin rip jig, feather board, blade changing tools, etc.
The other big drawer is used to store the dado set.

To cut the dadoes in the sides, I set up the dado set and used my recently modified table saw sled to make the cuts. The Kreg precision measuring system worked great for repeating the cuts. After the first one was cut, I simply reset the stop 1 1/2 inches closer to the blade.

The drawer fronts were cut from a piece of 1/2 Baltic birch.

I must admit, it is not very pretty, but it is functional and that was my goal. And I have a little less scrap wood to deal with. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Scooter McClain

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 05:14 AM

To quote Will Smith, “I’s gots to get one of these!” This is excellent!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 05:18 AM

I don’t know about you Mike but I’m exhausted trying to keep up with the speed that you’r projects are being completed. This latest one could well solve one of my storage problems.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 05:29 AM

Thanks Scott and Harry. I have been trying to get a few projects completed so I can start building cabinets.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 08:30 AM

Very nice and great idea…just another project on my list of things needed in my workshop….thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 03:18 PM

Everything in one storage cabinet. Nicely done.

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

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 03:23 PM

I really want to build something like this to go under my extension table,looks perfect . Thanks for posting.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 03:38 PM

That’s very practical and a good project for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 05:00 PM

very nice cabinet mike,excellent build.i like others said need one to hold my blades.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 06:17 PM

As you can see in the last pic, the useable space under the TS wing is limited. The cabinet just barely fits. It is 14 inches wide x 18 inches deep. The mobile base casters and the saw wing support leg dictated the useable width.

I had to leave clearance above the top so the router can be lowered when I am ripping wide stock on the saw.

I can already see this is going to work out well for me…and I cleared out two drawers in my big red tool box! :-)
Thank everyone. Hope this gives you some inspiration.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 01-21-2014 04:33 AM

A great cabinet. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 08:34 AM

This looks like a very impressive project. To be able to build such a storage cabinet by hand, you would definitely need a certain specialised set of woodworking skills and some high quality materials. I personally think that this is a successful achievement and it can actually be used for many other purposes apart from just tools and related equipment. I think not only is it good for the storage shed, it would also be good for the living room, kitchen and other places around the house.

-- Michael Maloney:

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