I have five 10" saw blades, several 7" blades, and a big pile of saber /
reciprocating saw blades that I would like to organize better. This system
caught my eye:
It seems a bit pricey, but it might be worth it to reduce the chaos in my
Anyone try this & have any comments? I'm interested in whether it's
reasonably sturdy, and how well the reciprocating saw blade inserts work.
Storing circular saw blades is pretty simple, but the reciprocating blades
come in a huge range of sizes & shapes. It's impossible to tell how many
blades one insert might hold.
$40 for an "environmentally friendly" plastic box?? Bang something together
out of scraps. It won't cost a thing. It is just a box. And if you love
plastic, there is lots of plastic boxes available. You just need some
cardboard or thin plywood to separate the blades.
Building your own blade storage using 3/8" plywood is a good winter
Built several as follows:
Blank out some 11-1/2" blanks.
Using a router and a circle jig, cut a 10-1/4" dia circle out of half
Glue a solid and a circle blank together, knock off the corners, add a
1/2" dia hanging hole in a corner and a 1/4"-20 x 3/4" flat head
machine screw with a fender washer and a wing nut to retain the saw
blade and you are good to go.
Add a coat of shellac to prevent dirt marks.
Grab a beer and admire your work.
No and yes...
Other than if one were porting stuff around, I see nothing much at all
to recommend this for shop use and if you want a box, well, you _do_
have something to use those blades on, don't you????
Yes, and every free second I have to use my tools is already spoken for.
I have better things to do with my limited shop time than make boxes for
my saw blades. I may not have time to touch my saw for 3 or 4 months at
a crack. That means that finding my saw blades in good condition (no
rust, no dust, and sharp) without having to rummage for them is a good
thing. I have a couple places where I store various table saw blades,
but nothing really useful for reciprocating saw blades.
I looked at those, but decided on the Blade Runner style instead.
It fits in well with my dado sets and I already had a similar case for my 7"
blades, from a cheap set. It doesn't solve the problem for other style
On 12/26/10 5:44 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I think that would work great if you're taking blades with you to a job
site, as it looks like it would protect well and could be thrown around
For for shop use, I would hate to have to undo that wingnut and remove
all the blades just to get to the one I want. I had a cymbal case like
that and I hated it every time I had to use it. I know have a case where
each cymbal just drops into the top with dividers in between.
I keep my blades on a dowel and even though there is no wingnut to
remove, I still can't stand having to take blades off to get to the one
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I've already got one of those, and it seems like the circular saw blade I
want is always on the inside. I have a Shopsmith, with a large arbor, so
I had to make special plastic washers to hold those blades. Basically,
if you have more than 2 blades (one on each side), it's not very
convenient to use.
I generally don't change blades all that often and when I do it's usually for
a dado setup. They came in a similar case, so I'm juggling blades anyway; not
really that big of a deal for me.
I like these because they _are_ rugged. My shop still isn't close to being
set up, and the garage is a mess with too much stuff stacked around. I don't
want expensive blades banging around. When I do get set up I'll probably
"file" blades in some sort of drawer in the extension table. Some of the
ideas offered here give me some great ideas for that.
That might be a good idea. A file box or a file cabinet would provide
divided storage for table saw blades. Add some cardboard or foam if you're
concerned about the blades banging together.
My table saw storage box isn't much different.
Short of driving three blocks and taking a picture, here's a quickie
sketchup version of mine:
Will hold all the blades I own safely and costs about 30 minutes of time
with a dado stack and leftover 3/4" plywood.
If you have a shop, and the talent to use it, you can't go wrong rolling
your own ... ;)
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