If you take good care of your saw blades, they’ll take good care of you. The best way to ensure that your blades last a long time is to always store them in a safe place when they’re not being used. The three storage racks shown here offer a lot of protection against dings and nicks. Plus, the construction techniques used to build them are simple enough to complete in a weekend. And they all do two things really well — they keep your table saw blades organized, while they stay well protected.
To store a lot of blades in a small space, check out the pull-out trays on the blade storage cabinet shown above. The blade’s teeth are protected from chipping by the custom cutouts in the individual trays. You can size the open-front plywood box to house as many blades as you need. (My box holds six saw blades.)
Each storage tray is made from two layers of hardboard. A cutout in the top layer is used to hold the blade. The easiest way to make the cutout is to use a circle-cutting jig and a hand-held router. Size the holes on the trays slightly larger than the saw blade. This makes it easier to remove the blade from the tray. Note: In addition to making cutouts for your table saw blades, you could also made a tray or two for circular saw blades.
For blade storage right by your table saw, try this handy panel. This simple storage panel is just a small section of pegboard that’s held in place using the same bolts that attach the wing to the table. The panel has plenty of space for two sets of blades plus wrenches. Each set hangs from a heavy-duty plastic hook (I limited the number of blades on each hook to three). To avoid chipping the carbide tips on the blades when I hang them up, I keep them separated with a plastic lid.
The best storage systems make it easy to choose the right blade for any situation. The plywood storage rack does just that. It works as a kind of filing system for your saw blades. The rack consists of two sides and a back that form a “U” shape. Angled slots cut in the sides hold the blades and make it easy to see exactly which blade you’re choosing.
You can get the detailed, step-by-step plans to build these Table Saw Blade Storage Solutions from WoodsmithPlans.com.