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    TS Blade Storage

    In my quest for an more organized shop, I am looking for a better way to store my TS blades. This is what I currently have:

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    It has it's drawbacks. The slots I put into the bottom were soon filled so I found myself just slipping blades in between blades. Hasn't happened yet but they could roll out, and fall, don't want that to happen.

    I'm looking for ideas of something better, like a cabinet type storage that I can mount on the wall. Sure like to see some pictures of what you organized woodworkers have made so I can get some ideas.
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    Great minds - similar track. I've been storing my TS and miter saw blades on hangers on my pegboard wall, but I'm preparing to build something more efficient. I'm still doing the layout but it's essentially a set of drawers (shown below) that fit under the extension table to the right of my table saw. The first drawer will hold push sticks, finger boards, etc. The second will hold my table saw and miter saw blades on tempered hardboard panels set at a 30° angle in dadoes. The drawers are about 12.5" wide inside to accommodate up to 12" MS blades. The hardboard panels have short dowels in the center to fit in the arbor hole of the blades and a solid wood handle at the top edge. All three drawers are the same size so I can swap them around if needed.

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    I hang my TS blades on nails, each with blades of the same number of teeth, in an overhead girder. I separate the blades with a circular piece of cardboard cut from boxes to keep the teeth from contacting each other. Not pretty, but effective & keeps them out of the way & easy to find different type blades. I hang my BS on large plastic coated hooks screwed into the bottom of floor joists. Both are easy to find, sort & out of the way taking up no other storage capacity.

    I thought that storage units, made or bought, would eventually limit the number of blades needed to be stored.
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    Good ideas, Mine will hang on the wall, I'm thinking. I'm thinking of trying to keep them hung by type of blade, all rip on one peg, cross cut on another, combo ,,,, etc.

    Al, just a thought maybe no better than cardboard, but a bottom portion of a 5 gal. bucket is a nice fit for 10" saw blades. Course it would harder to cut out than the cardboard, but you could leave the little rim on the very bottom and it would circle the blade and protect the teeth even more, just a thought. I cut off a bottom, about 1 1/2" from the bottom and that is what I clean my blades in.
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    Good idea Paul, sounds like it would work well. Unfortunately I have more cardboard boxes than 5 gal pails. I cut a bunch of cardboard squares, stack them up together & then use a circle cutter on my BS to cut them all at the same time to the dia. I want. I do use a 5 gal lid to soak/clean the blades though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    Great minds - similar track. I've been storing my TS and miter saw blades on hangers on my pegboard wall, but I'm preparing to build something more efficient. I'm still doing the layout but it's essentially a set of drawers (shown below) that fit under the extension table to the right of my table saw. The first drawer will hold push sticks, finger boards, etc. The second will hold my table saw and miter saw blades on tempered hardboard panels set at a 30° angle in dadoes. The drawers are about 12.5" wide inside to accommodate up to 12" MS blades. The hardboard panels have short dowels in the center to fit in the arbor hole of the blades and a solid wood handle at the top edge. All three drawers are the same size so I can swap them around if needed.

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    That is a real nice set up. I like the slanted slanted panel, makes me wonder if I should incorporate that into my cabinet.
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    Wood magazine has a cool "table saw blade locker", if you go to their website and search for "table saw locker" you will find detailed FREE download plans. it is set up for 6 blades, but you can adjust for as many as you wish

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    I have a bit of wall space behind the DC and just to the right of the tablesaw operator's position so, mine go here.


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    Made it in about 30 minutes out of some BORG pine scrap about 10 years ago. It has followed me ever since. Drill the row of holes through both halves at once, use the bandsaw to cut the slots back to the holes, glue and screw together and screw to the wall. You can sort of see the 1/2" dowels at the bottom that stick out and hold extra ZCI's via the finger holes.

    I played around with an idea for putting them into a drawer but, they are out of the way and easily accessible where they are so the "what if I do nothing" decision rule won out on that one ;-)

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    My dado stacks do go in the drawers in their respective cases.
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    Simple!
    My dado set along with the wrench's to change blades on the left side of the saw.
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    My other blades hanging on screws on the front right of the saw.
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    I was at one time gonna make one of those fancy blade holders that fit in a drawer and had dividers but realized why complicate something that's worked just fine for 50 plus years in my family.

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    Interesting ideas, but mine need to survive driving along I40 at 60 miles per hour. That is a very rough piece of road and would like for things to stay out, be available easily, without being cocooned. Love new ideas so keep them coming. There is a nugget in there some place.
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