Upside-Down Band Saw Blade Drawer Workshop Projects
This one came about after watching this video from Pocket83:
I thought that solution to the unfolded band saw blade problem was brilliant, and immediately started to think of ways to adapt it for my own shop. I have two fairly major reasons why mounting it on my ceiling won’t work:
First, the ceiling is suspended acoustic tile and is not structured to hold (extra) things up.
Second, the beam of my gantry crane rides very close to the ceiling, so there’s not enough space.
Another “concern” is the number of questions I’d get in videos asking what that is up on the ceiling, since anything out of the ordinary piques peoples interest and they simply must ask because they simply must know!
So, my solution was to construct an upside-down drawer that sits on top of the cabinet that is above my new miter saw station. I got started by figuring out how big the drawer should be for the space I had:
Then I could get to work assembling the drawer itself, using just basic joinery and as economically as I could:
Since the drawer has no bottom (or top), I added triangular braces in the corners to keep it from racking, then nailed strips on the front and back edges to support the blades:
Originally I wanted to use full extension drawer slides for this, but thought I would experiment with a slide system that I had been wanting to try out for a while. It’s made up from short pieces of plywood to form a hinged section that will support the drawer as it slides out:
You can see how this works much better in the video below. It uses three hinges per side, and the ones I had were a little small for a drawer this big. But it still worked very well, since the drawer itself plus the blades it holds don’t weigh very much.
It does have a tendancy to rack, since these guides only support the drawer vertically. Adding a runner to the middle of the drawer attached to the top of the cabinet would probably fix that, though.
I mounted the drawer centred on the cabinet and that leaves space on each side that I can use for something else:
Loading it up is easy, I put the least used blades in first. I do have to stand on my shop step stool to reach it, but retrieving blades from the drawer won’t be a daily (or weekly) event:
I also added a stretcher to the middle with brackets to store the coiled up blades that I haven’t used yet:
Here’s the full build video showing the details: