Hi all, I am planning a cabinet to hold my table saw and jointer. What I
would like is one cabinet about 7 feet long, 3 feet deep and about 18 inches
high. I have an older craftsman 8 inch bench saw that is about 14 inches
high. this would put the saw table about 35 inches in the air after adding 3
inch casters to the cabinet. (I'm guessing on the saws height and this could
change the cabinets height by a few inches if the saw is higher).Will pocket
holes in plywood be strong enough to hold the weight of the saw and jointer
with their motors? Or do I need to build a 2by frame and attach plywood
around it. The plan is for the cabinet to have a solid back recessed in
about 4 inches which would leave a cubby hole type area in the back to hang
blades and such. The front would have face frame and doors for storage. I
was thinking of a 1 foot storage unit on the jointer end for it's motor to
be in as well as a chip shute to a dust port. The remaining 6 foot would
have 3 or four spaces that I am going to build to fit some bench top tools.
so the cabinet would have over it's 7 feet at least 3 dividers to go with
the 2 ends. Everything I've read says pocket holes are plenty strong for
cabinetry but what about when holding some old tools on top and inside?
thanks for the help....JD
The box and partitions should be pretty strong, but I'd use glue and some
corner blocks too.
Ply is not hard enough to develop a lot of strength with the short
penetration of pocket screws. You'll have to experiment with your clutch
setting to avoid overdriving and stripping the threads.
Screws... plywood... bad combination - unless you run some cleats on the
backside of the ply to actually screw into. I'm no believer in trying to
get real strength out of screwing into plywood.
I would use MDF. It's cheaper than plywood and would hold the pocket
screws better. Still use glue though to make sure it stays together.
You might need to glue in some support for that 7 foot span though, MDF
is kinda flexible over long spans.
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