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SHOP OWNER: Barb Siddiqui
LOCATION: Wenatchee, WA
Last spring I asked the folks at WoodCentral about hanging a drawer off the wing of my tablesaw and received an emphatic "no" from several people. My thanks to Joe Burke, Carol Reed, Dick Herman, Tim In Michigan and Danford Jennings for their helpful suggestions. Instead, I ended up building this bench saw cabinet.
I bought good cabinet-grade ply for this and used some scrap 1/4" ply face-glued together for the doors. The unit used the old drawer I had already made to hang freely, now inset on drawer slides, and it has dividers for tablesaw inserts and a few blades, plus all the featherboards and shoe-style push sticks I'll need for a while.
The door in the center opens on storage below the slanted piece of ply to direct dust collection to the back opening. I put a small pocket on the inside face of a door to keep height gauges close at hand, and a small steel square to check the blade. The door on the right opens to a one-shelf, 24" deep space, with shelf pin holes in case I want to change that arrangement later.
This unit gives me ample storage for all my tablesaw accoutrements and room below the wings to lay the fence down when I need to store it off the saw.
If anyone is curious, that is a 'crown guard' atop the splitter, homemade and similar to Tage Frid's in his 'Teaches Woodworking' books. I like it. It's never in the way, and it keeps the chips out of my face as well as holding down any kickbacks that have come up off the back of the blade.
The fence accessory is attached with flat nuts in T-track, and the small white board you can see off the end of the auxiliary fence is simply an attached 'outfeed' support shelf I saw in a tips column...it aids in feeding the workpiece onto a roller that has to stand behind the rear-mounted motor.
The unit is 40" wide, 24" deep, and stands 37" off the floor after adding on 3" casters. It's heavy enough to not move around on its own, and it gives the saw some mobility in my small one-car garage space.
The old steel leg stand the contractor saw used to stand on, is now under my 'non-portable', very heavy 12" planer, so it too is now mobilized, and the whole set up has been a real asset to my shop. More storage space is always an asset!
Thanks for the tips, friends.. . . Barb Siddiqui
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