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Building a Table Saw Cabinet

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

About time! I've finally got a table saw in my workshop. I chose to build my own for a variety of reasons.

First, I have limited space so I needed something small. I would love to have a full size cabinet saw, but I just can't fit that in my small apartment workshop. I could get a smaller job site style saw, but when looking at those in the stores I find them to be quite flimsy and cheaply built. Thus the next best option was to build on myself. This way I got a solid and accurate machine by basing my build on an older all cast iron table saw. These saws are well built, accurate, and fairly quiet compared to cheap direct drive contract saws. I built the frame and extension wings as large as possible while still leaving enough room in my workshop to walk around.

The table saw fence is also homemade. I used the plans from John Heisz which you can find here:

Completed 3D Sketchup model of the table saw cabinet

Materials and purchased components:


  • 1x4 lumber

  • 1/2 plywood

  • 3" casters

Extension Wings

  • 3/4" melamine particle board

  • Melamine edge banding

  • 1x2" and 3/4" plywood for triangular braces

  • 1/4" maple for right angle corner braces

Fence (John Heisz Design)

  • 1/2" plywood

  • Cutting board scrap for glide surface

  • 5/8" bolt for cam axle


  • ShopFox paddle safety switch

  • Extension cord

  • 15A Power outlet & box


  • Foam weatherstripping for filling gaps

  • Enamel paint

  • Screws/bolts

  • Wood Glue


  • Craftsman 113.29991 10" Table Saw (Circa 1960's)

  • 1 HP Craftsman Motor

Watch the video below for a detailed view on how I built this table saw cabinet.


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