Following my post “Overflow Saw Storage,” a couple readers asked for a better look at my saw storage for those tools that already have a home.
My panel saws are affixed to the underside of my English tool chest top – a location that necessitates sliding the top till to almost center in order to close the lid. That’s a minor inconvenience at best, and it allows more of the floor space of my chest to be used for planes, because there’s no need for floor till. (I did try out several iterations of floor and wall-hung saw tills before deciding on those with which I ended up.)
I decided to hang the backsaws on the front inside wall of the chest, by simply adding a row of slots behind the slotted tool strip that Christopher Schwarz details in his book “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and his video “Make a Traditional English Tool Chest.”
Because it puts more stuff on the front wall, it means I can’t slide my tills quite as far forward, but that hasn’t proven to be a bother; I can still easily reach items in the two lower tills. (And in case you’re wondering, that taped-off area in the center? That’s the future location of a Peter Ross “crab lock”…if I can ever manage set aside enough cash.)