Protect-and-serve blade rack

Keep your blades sharp, safe, and ready for action with thiswall-mounted system

This accommodating holder keeps saw blades easily accessible, separated, and protected from damage. In addition to storage slots for standard blades, it also makes room for a complete 8" stacked-dado set. Dowel pins provide a place for dado shims, a blade stabilizer, wrenches, and throat plates. The rack handles blades from 7-14 " to 10" in diameter.

Blade Rack

Start by cutting the 34 x 7-12 x 29-12 " back to size. (If you want to store more blades, add 2" to the length for each additional slot.) Now drill the screw and dowel holes.

Next, cut the 34 x 3 x 29-12 " sides. Using double-faced tape, temporarily join them together face-to-face. This lets you lay out and machine both pieces identically.

Drill a 12 " hole through both sides to hold the dowels you'll add later. Lay out and cut the radiused corners. Mark the locations of the 14 " starter holes for the slots, and then mark the slot locations. Drill the starter holes, and cut the slots using a bandsaw or jigsaw. Cut just inside the lines, and then sand the slots smooth using a piece of 18 " hardboard wrapped in 100-grit sandpaper. Also sand off the sharp points on each slot, where shown.

To complete the rack, screw the sides to the back, and glue in the dowels. Add a coat of clear finish, and mount the holder to the wall by driving 3" screws into a stud.

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