Table Saw Sled Storage
A never ending battle for best storage solution. Here you can find a idea for those bulky table saw sleds. I use the space underneath my tool bench. Building a specific use cabinet to store those sled has opened up some possibilities to use more sleds and not trip over them. Lets take a look.
First things first, have to clean up the area that I’m going to be using. I had some quick and dirty shelving I had to remove. Then rip the plywood to width of 23″. Then cross cut to rough length. In my case each side piece needed to be different. I want to cabinet to reach from the bottom side of tool bench to the floor. Being a garage floor, the floor has a large slope to remove water. The slope is about 3/4″ drop for every 4 foot. Plus it has a slight slope toward the middle of the garage and this is about 1/2″ for every 4 foot. In a nutshell the side panels are not the same.
Once I got the panel in rough positions. I needed a good measurement. I plumbed/leveled the panel in the spot I wanted them and took a measurement between the side panels 30″. You also want to mark out for you first dado. Take a long level and find the first dado position. Mark one side then take a level to mark the other side.
Cut two 30″ X 4″ strips for cross bracing. Then added pocket holes.
If you need help with this part check out, Link. Sense the two sides are not equal. I had to come up with a way to make all the dados the same on each side to make the sleds slide in level. While I had a the panels in its home to get a measurement, I also marked a level line for my first dado. Screwed the panels back to back, leaving the front flush and line up you markes for the first dado. From that point you can lay out your dados. I evenly spaced them and ended up with five dado on each side. Now time to pick a dado size. I have this dado size chart. I want a nice loose fit. Next since the panels are not square and even with each other I Squared a scrap piece of plywood to the top hanging over the two panels. I use this to ride the fence and make level dados.
The bottom dado receives a fixed shelf. On the top and back part of the shelf get a cross brace, and the top-back gets a brace. At this point the cabinet is assembled. Once the cabinet is placed it’s not very strong.
I got some help getting the cabinet set. Everything was a pretty tight fit. I had to lift a little the get it in place. My wife pushed it into position. Once set I screwed it to previous cabinet. Once I build the next cabinet the side will get screwed into place. For now it has one pocket hole on the outside front upper corner.
Now you can see the shelves that over time will turn into table saw sleds. You can check out this link for a sneak peak at the first sled I made for the cabinet. Add a Drawer to this cabinet.