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  • AW Extra 4/5/12 - Folding Table Base

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, July 18, 2007
    Folding Table Base By Richard Ayers Want a mobile table base that provides a huge work area, holds a ton and folds up to only 7 in. thick? You can get everything you need to make the one shown here at the local home center for about $65. Build it to any...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 28, 2014
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 7/19/12 - Quick-and-Easy Storage Boxes

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, July 5, 2008
    Quick-and-Easy Storage Boxes I finally found a use for all that scrap plywood I've been hanging onto. I made a bunch of small storage boxes with it and a small shelf to put them on. They're quick to build. Just glue and nail the ends to the bottom...
  • Double Duty Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Brian Rajewski One sure thing about clamps is that they’re never close enough when you need them. That’s why I devised this rolling rack. Its 4-in. locking swivel casters easily plow through sawdust and over cracks and power cords (see...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Handy Clamp Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    I store my clamps under my assembly table so they’re always right where I need them. I made a frame to hold the clamps and attached it to the table’s base. The frame is made of 2x10 lumber with a 3/4-in.-thick back, so it’s sturdy enough...
  • 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 10/3/13 - 9 Ways to Untangle Wires

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    9 Ways to Untangle Wires By Brad Holden Electric spaghetti. That’s what most of us have lurking behind our computer desks and entertainment centers. Every time you want to add or take out a component, unsnarling that mess can be a real nightmare...