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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...
  • 6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet By Bruce Kieffer You may also like... Modular Shop Cabinets Hyperorganize Your Shop Hold-Everything Tool Rack Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access...
  • AW Extra - Adjustable Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Adjustable Workbench The coolest bench ever: It changes size before your eyes! By Tom Caspar My workbench has always been the heart of my small shop. When I made it years ago, I outfitted it with a good face vise, an innovative sliding tail-vise and a...
  • MDF and Particleboard

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    How two versatile woods can be both a blessing and a curse. by Karen Nakamura Cheap, plain and definitely not wood. That’s how many woodworkers describe particleboard and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but think these words instead: inexpensive...
  • Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • Tubular Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Here’s my solution for storing skinny things like wood trim and edge banding. I bought a 12-in.-dia. by 8-ft.-long cardboard concrete form at a home center for about $14. I slid plywood dividers into the tube and added a few screws to hold the dividers...
  • Spray Can Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Spray Can Storage I’m a great fan of aerosol finishes, especially now that many of them have adjustable tips that make much less splatter. But my shop got so cluttered with half-used cans that I had trouble finding the color I wanted, so I built...
  • Milk Jug Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Milk Jug Dust Collection Routing makes a real mess. But, here’s a solution that won’t cost you a dime.Take a 1-gallon milk or windshield-washer container and cut a hole in one side for a bit. Slice off the bottom with a utility knife. Cut...
  • Benchtop Tool System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Benchtop Tool System My shop is in a two-car garage, which (outrageously enough) I must share with two cars. That’s why I use benchtop tools. Unfortunately, they’re somewhat hard to store. My solution is a two-part benchtop tool system that’s...
  • 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...
  • Cabinetmaker's Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Cabinetmaker's Router Table You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. By Dave Munkittric You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. But, it incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems...
  • Mobile Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    Mobile Clamp Rack Hold it! Roll it! Hang it! Store it! By Roger Meinen Tired of dragging clamps around my shop, I built this rack that brings them right to the job. It takes up only 21 x 32 in. of real estate and can handle 36 adjustable clamps and 12...
  • 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...
  • Pantry Door Tool Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Inspired by the pantry cabinet in the kitchen of our new house, I built this compact version for my workshop. It has the same deep double-hinged doors that make everything inside easy to reach. I used 3/4-in.-thick stock so I could use screws to hang...