Saw Till

This wall-mounted case provides convenient storage for your handsaws and other treasured hand tools.

A quality hand tool is a lifetime investment. As a matter of fact, many of the saws, planes and chisels that serve me well today started their "careers" in the possession of woodworkers several generations past. One of the keys to this longevity is proper care and storage.

That's what this wall-mounted saw till is all about. The large, upper section provides a safe, convenient resting place for both your large and small handsaws. The shelf below can be used to store some of your most used hand tools or shop items you want to keep within easy reach.

But as you can see, this handy till goes a bit beyond basic practicality. It has a classic "cabinetmaker's" design that befits the traditional tools it holds.

Two design features stand out. The first is the contour of the sides that mimics the taper of a large crosscut or rip saw. As well as being decorative, this lightens the case and makes it easily accessible. Then there's my favorite detail — the

Trestle Table Edge Profiles

unique "notch and tenon" joinery used to assemble the case sides and shelves. You'll find that making this joint is an interesting challenge for your skills and results in an extremely rigid case.

In the end, you'll have a very handy project that showcases both your craftsmanship and some of the tools you use to make it happen. I guess it's really kind of a win-win opportunity.

Trestle Table Edge ProfilesTrestle Saw Table

front view

Rabbet on back edge stops at notch


Cut top front notch after profile is cut

NOTE: See pattern in left margin to layout profile of sides back edge stops at notch

V/2" radius side view

%" radius


Cut dadoes first then cut notches




top section view

Rabbet stops at notch

The saw till is constructed like a hanging wall shelf. You have two sides connected by a top, middle and bottom shelf. The middle shelf creates an upper compartment, with large saws hanging vertically and smaller saws stored horizontally The bottom shelf can be used for additional storage — hand planes, jmeasuring tools or hardware. The I back is made from boards -joined with splines.

THE CASE SIDES. The order of \ the work is pretty straight-■k—forward. I started by mak-

_\ ing the two mirror-image sides. A look at the drawings - : i abov e will show you what's _ ' ; involved.

/ First comes the joinery. And here, a quick overview is helpful. Each notch and tenon joint starts with a dado cut across the side. Then a notch is cut at each end of the dado. These notches will mate with tenons on the ends of the shelves.

DADOES & NOTCHES. Once the two sides are cut to finished size, you can set up the table saw to cut the dadoes and the notches. All these cuts are easy to make with a dado blade. The drawings below show the setup and the sequence in which I made the cuts.

The fact that the dado and the front and back notch are each a different depth required a choice. For a tight-fitting joint, the dado and notches should align perfectly. You also want to maintain a consistent depth for the corresponding cuts along the sides. The best way to

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