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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Real Swingin' Tool Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Walt Everett I try to use every square inch of space in my shop, so I made a storage rack for my turning tools that swings out when I need it. When I’m done turning, it swings back, completely out of the way. Two 5-in. strap hinges mount the...
  • Instant Glue

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Frank Penicka I hate waiting for the glue to get to the tip of the bottle, especially when it’s almost empty. So I store my glue bottle upside down in a plastic peanut butter jar. The glue is always ready to flow and the tip never gets plugged...
  • Overhead Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    by Frank Muhvich Storage space is limited in my shop, so my pipe clamps hang from the ceiling. I made this rack from 3/4-in. plywood and attached it to the ceiling joists with 3-in. decking screws. A center block prevents the handles from rotating when...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in...
  • Overhead Lumber Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    I like working in my basement shop, but the floor space is limited. So when it came time to put up a lumber rack, I screwed it to the ceiling because that’s the only space that was wide open. I designed the rack so it holds both long and short boards...
  • Jumbo Tape Dispenser

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Jumbo Tape Dispenser I have five or six different kinds of tape in my shop, and last weekend I got fed up with rooting through a drawer to find the one I wanted. To solve the problem, I built this tape dispenser that holds a variety of tape widths and...
  • Sharp Edge Protection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    To protect the sharp edges of my scrapers and fine handsaws, I use the spine from a plastic page protector. They’re available at office supply stores. Two bucks will get you a pack of six. They are easily cut to length with a utility knife.