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Forum topic by marlis321 posted 03-22-2009 03:14 PM 3166 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2009 03:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop help table saw accessories tools advice storage organization

I am new to woodworking and to this forum so thanks in advance for any help offered.

I just bought my first table saw, a used Delta 10” Contractors. So far I’ve been very happy with it. I am currently building a saw cart with drawers and space surrounding the unused space under the saw and extension tables. This will be storage that goes wherever I wheel the saw to. I have a VERY small working area (12’ x 25’ but only about half can be devoted to wood working tools) and I am going to have to use every available sq. inch to the maximum.

My question: What kind of tools and accessories do you veterans like to keep or have really handy when you are working at or around your saw? I want to try and make this saw cart as functional as possible storage wise. I am NOT looking to go and buy more stuff, just want to know what I should plan space for.

I will obviously have space for extra blades, miter gauge, push sticks, safety equipment, inserts, wrenches, but beyond that, what would you try and keep in “top-drawer” space?


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#1 posted 03-22-2009 03:29 PM

A crayon for marking wood. Sometimes I have a cut off I know is out of square and I’ll mark it just so I don’t pick it up some day thinking it’s square. I mark edges I want to band and boards for glue up. It just helps the flow of a kitchen. I also have a sanding block made out of an old 3X24 sanding belt. I use it to clean an edge of melamine before cutting. Push sticks. Wrench for the saw blade.

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 03:42 PM

tape measure, square, angle gauge, & pencils come to mind. I never have enough tape measures and pencils. I start with two tape measures and maybe 4 pencils and inside an hour or two, I can’t find any. So I end up retracing my steps and garthering them up for the next round, so it would be nice to get into a habit of putting them in the same place (near whatever tool I am using at the time) everytime after use, but….


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#3 posted 03-22-2009 04:08 PM

Tourniquet and cell phone.

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 04:14 PM

my shop is so small everything is near the table saw.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 04:45 PM

Pushstick, tape measure and pencil are in a holder attached to the front of the saw, and a height gauge and digital angle gauge are stuck to the saw body with magnets, along with the remote for the dust collector. Any tools needed for blade changes or sacrificial fence, along with blades, inserts, etc., are on a pegboard on the wall closest to the saw.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#6 posted 03-22-2009 05:40 PM

Whats the model number of your saw ? Do you have a picture of it ? The underside of the saw you want left open for a dust collection connection.

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#7 posted 03-22-2009 11:57 PM

There have been some beautiful built ins posted here to give you some ideas. I hesitate to enclose anything with belts, pulleys or gears that may need attention somewhere down the road. Instead, I hang stuff from supports or parts of the saw.

This is the left side of the saw a couple of long machine screws support the panel cutting sled

Looking in from the operators end of the saw (under the router table replacement for the wing). Miter gauge and holster, stop block attachment for rip fence, old saw/router height gauge (got one of those new Wixey digital gauges but can’t figure where to store it on the saw (yet), miter gauge extension fence and jig to check blade/miter slot alignment.

From the rite side of the saw, a shelf under the router table (extension wing replacement). Tenon Jig and sliding hold down jig. Hanging on the left is the miter gauge extension fence.

I didn’t limit myself to the underside of the saw, either. This is above the saw/router. Feather boards, thin rip jig and Wixey angle gauge (stuck to the heating vent)

Hope this gives you some ideas!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-25-2009 02:12 AM

Lew you are a Lumberjock God! I have a long way to go.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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