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The area around and under my table saw, was always cluttered. Used some MDF, Ply, and misc 2×4's to built this cabinet. Basically just a giant "L" shape that is not attached to the saw itself(semi-portable). The plan was to just update and change out the old outfeed table. After tweaking the outfeed, the whole saw area needed more. I am posting this to give ideas to others. Its thrown together with scraps, and in no way qualifies as a "woodworking" project. lol

Stores all the chiesels, planes, turning tools, and files. Now the wood tools dont have to share space with the auto tools.

The drawers are dovetailed for strength and practice. The raised arch panel was just an experiment. The handles were laying around the shop. Runners are 1/4" x say 1". Although she's not a "work of art", a clean organized shop seems to drawn you in.

I looked for projects similar to this for ideas, and had no luck. Hope someone can use this and expand on it.

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Very nice work james
 

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Excellent!
Don't mind if I copy the design?
Definetely I will make one like this when I shift to my hometown for good!
 

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Cool idea and nice work. Man I wish I had your space. Was that a grizzly drum sander? I'm looking for which one to buy I need to cut down my sanding time.
 

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Looks good mate . just bought myself a new (used) table saw and i was trying to work out an outfeed table and some storage ,you have given me a couple of good ideas , thanks
 

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James, this is a pretty useful project. It adds functionality to your saw and gives you a nice workspace around it as well. And, of course, what shop does not need more storage space.

Great project.
 

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You can make dovetails in MDF ???!? Cool.

A nice outfeed table is a great addition to your tablesaw - I love mine, and you've got some storage to boot!
 

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WTG James. BZ
 

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yes- you can Doves in MDF. Really have to pay attention to which way you move the router, or the pins will shoot right off. I found it better to chew out most of the material left to right BEFORE going deep into the templet. MDF doesnt like alot of stress. The draws "should" last a while..
 

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Great use of left over wood. More storage is always a plus.
 

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I'd say that anything you do which requires dovetails..especially in MDF..qualifies as a 'project'! Nice!
 

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Wow. Totally cool!

Lemme' ask you a question, though, if I may…

I see that you said Basically just a giant "L" shape that is not attached to the saw itself(semi-portable).

But … I'm curious why you didn't configure it (even if it had to be a 2 or 3-piece design) to create a cabinet for the saw, itself. Isn't that the idea behind cabinet saws: reduce noise, reduce dust, etc?

Was that a conscious decision or … ?

Very nicely done, though. My question isn't meant to take anything away from my admiration for your project!
 

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Nicely done! I like the design. I've been wanting to build something similar for my benchtop saw, but haven't found the time to do it yet. A question-I see you upgraded the fence. Were there any difficulties doing that, or was it pretty straightforward? And what brand is it, if you don't mind me asking?

Great work! Enjoy!
 

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Very good use of space here.

On my "To-Do" list is a project like this but adding a cabinet under the saw itself (as Beener suggests) and also add a cabinet under the right side (fence rails) of the table under my router table.

I too, didn't think you could dovetail MDF but I guess you learn something new everyday.

And my thoughts, THIS is certainly a cool woodworking project.
 

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I really like the shallow drawers instead of a couple of deep ones. This is a great project and improvement to any shop. Keep up the good work, BTKS
 

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Beener- sounds like too much work to me. I was only going to update the outfeed table. Nothing was planned ahead. I'm happy how it sits now, It's an improvement over what was.
The dust coll, and power come from the right side. Dust, scraps, and everything else always found themselves under the saw in those areas- at least now it just looks neater..
Thanks.
 

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BOB- Doing this project also got me thinking about adding the router to the other side. I will let the idea stew for a while and look for other design ideas before i take that step. Anyone see ideas where a router is added the the table saw?
A) The main problem i see is that the end rails are different lengths. Pretty common when you look at other saws of similar construction/quality(why do they do that). You can still get a piece of MDF in there and mount it, but it will cantilever past the front rail (making it unstable). Unless you just used a smaller piece.
B) What do you do for dust collection? My current router fence has a port for the vac. Using the table saw's fence- how can i adapt for DC?
C) Do you mount the router to the table? Or just route an inset so it sits flush and i can use the sqaure plate from my craftsman table?
D) Is it just better to build Norm's router table and keep it separate?

Things to think about- any suggestions? - Thanks
 
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