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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Double-Duty File Cabinet

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    I don't have enough room for a permanent outfeed table for my saw. Instead, I mobilized my file cabinet (it's great for storing saw blades, sandpaper, etc.) and added a melamine “flight deck” so it could serve double duty. It's...
  • Instant Drawers

    by The Administrator     Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    Large plastic boxes, the kind that restaurants use for bussing dishes, are perfect for shop drawers. They’re strong, durable and lightweight, plus they have built-in handles. They’re perfect for storing and transporting workshop essentials...
  • Hide-Away Bin for Short Stock

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    I don't like to throw wood away; offcuts and other short boards work great for small projects, jigs and shop fixtures. But until I built this mobile cart, my shop was littered with piles of these useful treasures, because I didn't have a good...
  • 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...
  • Clamp Camp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    I’ve got a lot of clamps, but they don’t take up much space. I simply drilled 5/8-in.-dia. holes through 3/4-in. plywood at a slight upward angle and glued in 9-in.-long 5/8-in.-dia. dowels. Each pair of dowels holds six clamps, so I can hang...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 7 Classic Ways to Store Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Conquer Your Clamp Conundrums with These Simple Solutions by Tim Johnson “You can’t have too many clamps,” a wise cabinetmaker once told me. That’s certainly true, but in a small shop, you can easily run out of room to store them...