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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Behind the Stairs Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    In my basement shop every square inch counts! Out of necessity I found a wealth of unused space tucked right under my nose,or should I say feet.That awkward space under the basement steps can easily be turned into a set of deep shelves perfect for storing...
  • Turn Your Storage World Upside Down

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Turn Your Storage World Upside Down In my small garage shop, floor space goes for a premium while the air space overhead goes unused. I came up with a neat little trick to make use of that free space. All I did was bolt together a set of inexpensive metal...
  • Easy Cord Management

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    Building an entertainment center, office cabinet or display case often means taming the spider web of wires that can end up entangling the project. And technology changes fast, so before long you may need to change the wiring configuration. 3M’s...
  • 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...
  • Tablesaw Tool Drawer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    It seems like I’m always misplacing my push sticks, blade wrench, featherboards and other small tablesaw accessories. To solve my problem I added a shallow drawer under the side feed table. I simply built a wood box that was open in the front and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Get the Clutter Off Your Bench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    I found a new place to store dispensers right under my nose. Any lightweight stuff that comes in a box can be fastened to the bottom of a cupboard and still leave plenty of room over the counter below. A little double-faced tape or hot-melt glue makes...
  • 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...
  • Cabinet Door Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    My burgeoning collection of spring clamps and small bar clamps was crying out for a storage solution. The doors on my shop cabinet offered just the place for hanging a couple simple racks for my wayward clamps. Just screw a 1x2 strip to the door for small...
  • Storage Hang-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    I’m a neat freak and I jump at any idea that keeps stuff off my bench. I built a glue bottle perch for my pegboard just for that reason. It’s just a couple of boards with a cutoff section of PVC pipe screwed to the back and a pair of holes...
  • 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...
  • See-Through Chisel Holder

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 14, 2009
    Here’s a chisel rack that protects those sharp edges and allows me to see the right chisel for the job at hand. The rack is easy to customize for any size chisels. Glue a 1-in.-wide strip of 1/2-in.-thick wood across a plywood backer board. Next...