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  • Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers

    by Randy Johnson     Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Instant Drawers 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...
  • Spice Up a Kitchen Drawer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Spice Up a Kitchen Drawer I like to think my woodworking makes our house a little nicer place to live. Here’s an example: I used to empty half the spice cupboard just to find the coriander for my curry. This drawer-sized spice rack was the perfect...
  • Ladder Lumber Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    Ladder Lumber Rack I organized all my short boards by turning an inexpensive 6-ft. stepladder (about $30 at a home center) into a lumber rack. Now every board is easy to see and reach. My ladder didn’t have treads on the back legs, so I screwed...
  • Protect Batteries from Overcharging

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    I own several inexpensive cordless tools—for the money, they can't be beat. The no-frills battery chargers they come with, though, don't automatically shut off after the battery is recharged. Yet according to the operator's manuals,...
  • Small Shop Tips: Window-Shade Saw Table Cover

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, September 20, 2008
    Window-Shade Saw Table Cover In my small shop, my tablesaw doubles as an assembly table. To protect the saw's surface when I'm gluing or staining, I installed a heavy-duty vinyl window-shade on the end of the extension table (about $20 at hardware...
  • Leather Tool Sheaths

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Leather Tool Sheaths By Michael Dromey When I’m not using my chisels I keep them in a drawer, so I made a set of leather sheaths to protect their sharp ends. I bought the leather and some rivets from a hobby shop and made sheaths for all my chisels...
  • Scraper Wallet

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    I love to use card scrapers for removing chatter marks, tear-out and any other smoothing that requires a delicate touch. Trouble is, they get dinged up in my toolbox. When my wife bought herself a new leather wallet, I immediately snatched her old one...
  • AW Extra 9/6/12 - Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    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...
  • Vertical Lumber Organizer

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 18, 2008
    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...
  • Hideaway Bin for Short Stock

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Hideaway Bin for Short Stock 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...
  • AW Extra 9/13/12 - Two-Wheel Mobile Base

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Two-Wheel Mobile Base Here’s my quick and cheap solution for making a contractor-style tablesaw mobile. I glued a piece of 2x4 to a 2x6 and added a pair of 2-in. non-swiveling casters. (For this setup they are easier to steer than the swiveling...
  • AW Extra 11/1/12 - Clandestine Tool Chest

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Clandestine Tool Chest By Patrick O’Donnell I transformed this dresser for my daughter, who didn’t like the way her husband’s metal tool chest looked in their apartment. For these newlyweds, shop space wasn’t in their budget and...
  • Combo Cart

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    Hauling my benchtop planer or miter saw out every time I needed to use one or the other was hard on my back until I devised this mobile base. It makes both of them readily accessible and stores neatly in the corner when I don't need it. I positioned...
  • Mobile Wall

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    My shop has limited storage space, so my tablesaw accessories used to cram its tuck-under drawer and cover the extension table. My new accessory storage wall makes everything accessible and keeps my saw table clear and ready for action. The wall was easy...
  • Magnetic Pencil Holder

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    I used to have trouble hanging onto my pencil, but now it's always at arm's length. I simply place magnets on each side of my shirtsleeve and twist a nut onto my pencil (if the nut's too large, I wrap tape around the pencil shaft). My shirtsleeve...