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  • AW Extra - Small Shop Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik I built this 8-ft.-long shelf system to take advantage of the narrow space in the corner of my garage. When the unit is “closed...
  • Fold-Down Cutting Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    There was no room in my basement shop to cut full sheets of plywood. I always had to have the home center guy cut it down to size with his panel saw. What a hassle. I wanted my own panel saw, but I knew there was simply no room in my shop or budget. Then...
  • Vertical Lumber Organizer

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Vertical Lumber Organizer Before I installed this vertical storage rack, my lumber was hard to manage and a housekeeping nightmare. I could never find the piece I wanted, and removing a board from the back of the stack was sure to cause trouble. Finally...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Simple Lumber Maker By Jay McClellan I’ve turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut...
  • AW Extra - Small Parts Carousel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Small Parts Carousel While visiting an antique shop, I discovered a way to store all that indispensible small stuff that used to clutter my workshop. On display was a rotating bolt cabinet from an old-fashioned hardware store. When I got home, I design...
  • Cable-Tie Cord Management

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    My power tool cords were always in a tangle, so I finally did something about it. All it took was a couple of cable ties; a small standard one and a large resealable one. I drilled a couple of tiny holes in the resealable tie (near its clasp) and inserted...
  • Cordless Drill Stand

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Even though most cordless drills are designed to stand on their own, they still fall over easily. Mine took one too many dives off the workbench. This drove me to build this stand to give my drill a secure home. It also provides a handy place to keep...
  • Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist. To make the box, I drilled holes for the hoses...
  • AW Extra - 6 Storage Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1. Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access, I like to get them out of their packages and lined up by grit. I hang my rolls of sanding discs on horizontally supported dowels so I can quickly grab the...
  • Sliding Wall-O-Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Sliding Wall-O-Tools I built this 8-ft.-long shelf system to take advantage of the narrow space in the corner of my garage. When the unit is “closed,” I’ve got ready access to the tools hanging on both doors. By sliding one or both doors...
  • Expandable Parts Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Expandable Parts Rack When I worked on a big project, every surface in my shop used to get covered with stacks of parts. While visiting a small production shop, I saw an expanding metal rack in the finish room, loaded with kitchen cabinet doors. A light...
  • Double-Duty Roller Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Double-Duty Roller Tables I like getting double duty out of my tools whenever possible. So, when I decided to build outfeed tables for my miter saw and tablesaw, I worked up this dual-use design. The roller tables are simple to switch between machines...
  • Suspended Outlet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    This is one of my favorite shop upgrades. By adding this suspended outlet over my work area I always have electricity close at hand. It sure beats running an extension cord across the floor and getting my feet tangled in it. This suspended outlet is not...
  • Blade Caddy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Blade Caddy Here’s a handy tote for scrollsaw blades that I fashioned from a scrap of 2x6, a piece of plywood, and two Peg-Board multiple-tool holders. I cut the curved tips off the multiple-tool holders with a hacksaw so they would sit flat against...
  • Tackle Box Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Tackle Box Storage This is my all-time favorite way to store screws, small hardware and router bits. Fishing tackle boxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes but I picked this one because the inner utility boxes have lids to keep stuff from spilling...