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Picture of The Saw Blade Cabinet

It's been established that I have some OCD when it comes to cleanliness and organizational matters. I have a relatively small/narrow shop (9'x25') and when everything has its place, it stays uncluttered and improves my work flow and efficiency.

This space (for me) started as a musical rehearsal area with a few tools for house projects. I had one blade in the miter saw and one combination blade in the table saw - easy. Time has passed .. I've grown wiser ... at least older ... the shop took over and I've accumulated a larger variety of blades. 80 and 90 tooth fine cutting blades for drum shells, acrylic blades for other drum shells and plexi, 40-60 tooth blades for other projects, cutoff wheels, circular saw blades, etc.

I needed/wanted a storage solution other than a few nails on the wall with the blades knocking against each other in some random fashion. I wanted them all in one case, organized, separated, and mobile. I had an idea .. I also had plywood, poplar, and hardboard ... weird right?

 
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Step 1: The Parts

Picture of The Parts

Plywood for the carcass. Hardboard for the back and drawers. Poplar cut offs for the drawer fronts. I used more than this, but this picture was my attempt at being arsty and informative ... we all can't be good at everything I guess.

nicely done

nick ferry2 months ago

very cool

spthorn3 months ago

Thinking how it might be painful on the fingers to lift out sharp blades... maybe drill a 3/4" hole between the dowel and the drawer front, so you can poke a finger through and lift the blade off the dowel.

-BALES- (author)  spthorn3 months ago

I take the tray to the tool in question, palm it, and flip it upside down ... think Jello mold or bunt cake .. I don't like Jello mind you ... long story involving my Father never covering it, which allows a thick skin to form (I guess it really wasn't that long). Anyway .. Your hole suggestion is a clever and I like it ... can't say the same for Jello.

craftclarity3 months ago

That's one way to keep your blades from getting nicked...Nice!

chuckyd3 months ago

I have seen a blade cabinet made by a guy who was obsessive about saving space. His cabinet is similar to yours, but the drawers are only 1/4" thick, and 1/16" apart. He cut a number of hardboard square blanks, half of which he made holes the size of his blades. He bonded two blanks together, one holed, and one holeless. Then, he trimmed an edge on alternating drawers for a finger grip, and used sheet metal as drawer slides. Same concept as yours but more stingy with space.

Found it. Sorry for small images but I am on Dial-up. Click Ctrl-+ to blow it up on your screen!

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Nice, neat job. I can't find a pic of the one I made. But I built a cabinet that was sligthly larger than the largest diameter blade I own with a French Cleat on the back to allow it to hang on the wal. Inside, I built a frame that was hinged at the left and the pivot point centered in the depth of the cabinet. This frame was square with a piece running from the top left corner to the bottom right so that I could center a dowel perpendicular to the hinged frame such that it served as a hanger for my saw blades. Half of which hang on the front side and the other half on the back side. The front of the cabinet has a door with a clear plastic insert that I decorated by laying old saw blades on the inside surface, then spray painted t form an image of saw blades in red and blue, then - removing the blades, sprayed it all white. The advantage is that I can open the cabinet and see all my blades at once and the box/cabinet takes up very little of the work area (no 'footprint' on the bench). Disadvantage is that I have to remove those in front to get to the chosen blade, then put them back in place.

-BALES- (author)  charlessenf-gm3 months ago

If you run across the picture, or are able to take a new one, I'd like to this your design.

Nice design, I'll definately steal some of it. I've been thinking about something like this for a while, I think I'll tuck mine under one of the the wings of the tablesaw.

gumbytig3 months ago

Might use something similar for sandpaper storage. Maybe 4 smaller dowels instead of the one big in the center.

UncleEd3 months ago

Great solution to your problem. I'm still developing the skills required to build this, but will keep this in the back of my head for "someday."

makendo3 months ago

Really neat solution. I would make one for sure, if I didn't enjoy the look of all those blades hanging on my wall. Bookmarked in case I run out of space!

gcanders3 months ago

Very nice. Can't wait to build one just like it.

pfred23 months ago

If I had more blades, and room your cabinet would be a nice. As it is I only have a few extra blades not on saws so I just stack them up with cardboard in between them.