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  • Deep Drawer Organizer

    by woodworkerBryan     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    Deep Drawer Organizer I built a deep drawer for my workbench so I would have lots of storage, but it created another problem. The tools I wanted were always at the bottom of the heap. I solved my frustration by adding an upper and lower tray. The upper...
  • Pegged Tablesaw Tools

    by woodworkerBryan     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    Pegged Tablesaw Tools For a nifty way to keep tablesaw accessories in reach, attach perf-board panels to the tablesaw stand. Drill holes in the legs of an open metal stand and bolt the perf-board in place.
  • Collapsible Work Table

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, July 12, 2013
    Collapsible Work Table This shop solution was submitted by Michael and Christine Powell, Bellingham, Wash. Every shop needs a work table or two. In cramped shops, it’s great to have the table the right height for assembly, as well as infeed and...
  • Jig for Router Dadoes

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, July 12, 2013
    Jig for Router Dadoes This workshop tip was submitted by Eliot Ehrich, Chatham, N.J. For fast and accurate dadoes, this jig is hard to beat. The trick is to run the router against one guide, then back against the other. This allows you to use a 1⁄2...
  • Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, July 12, 2013
    Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence By Jack Phillips I never throw anything away. Some day, I tell myself, the stuff in that neglected pile of junk will come in handy. I was right! I resurrected my old Craftsman tablesaw fence and turned it into a first-rate bandsaw...
  • Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, November 14, 2012
    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...
  • Tool Storage Book

    by woodworkerBryan     Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Tool Storage Book Put a ton of tools up on the wall in this tool “book.”Hang 1⁄2- or 3⁄4- in.-thick plywood “pages”4 in. apart on horizontal 2x4s with 3-in. door hinges. Screw and glue 3⁄4-in. plywood blocks between...
  • Spray Can Storage

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, November 14, 2012
    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...
  • Pull-Out Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Pull-Out Router Table Tired of pulling out that heavy router table every time you need it? Save space and your back by mounting your router table under a workbench with sturdy swing-up appliance hardware. Set-up and knock-down are a snap.You need 16 inches...
  • Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, June 21, 2013
    Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist. To make the...
  • Power Tool Caddy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Power Tool Caddy This plywood stand for power tools is compact and mobile.To lock the stand in place, just flip down the hinged board at the base. Cut the hinged board wide enough so it will lift the casters off the floor when you flip it down. Screw...
  • Tablesaw Worktable

    by woodworkerBryan     Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Tablesaw Worktable Turn your tablesaw into extra workbench space with a piece of 3⁄4-in.plywood.Attach wood strips around the plywood edges for a snug,no-slide fit on the metal table. Caution: Always crank the blade below the surface and unplug...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by woodworkerBryan     Sunday, March 2, 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...
  • Floor Drawer

    by woodworkerBryan     Tuesday, June 4, 2013
    Floor Drawer Here’s a great space-saving tip. I first made “floor drawers” like these for under-the-bed storage.They worked so well I decided to use them in the shop. Floor drawers work great for storing scrap wood or infrequently used...
  • Plastic Stickers Don't Stain

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, June 21, 2013
    Plastic Stickers Don't Stain I use plastic conduit to make stickers for stacking and drying my wood. These stickers provide consistent spacing and excellent air circulation with minimal contact. I’ve never had problems with insects, mold or...