Freestanding LUMBER RACK: A modular solution for storing boards and panels anywhere

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 01-17-2017

These free-standing racks hold both lumber and sheet goods without tying into your shop structure. Being modular, they’ll hold whatever lengths of lumber you commonly use, with the center section accommodating full-sized sheet goods. Each 6'-high × 2'-wide module includes a 7-1/2"-wide space ...

Biscuit Joiner Workstation: Sometimes it pays to keep this portable power tool parked

William Schneider - 09-01-2016

Power tools can be classified as stationary or portable. A biscuit joiner normally belongs to the latter category, but my shop-made fixture puts this compact power tool at the heart of a workstation that can streamline certain plate joinery tasks. The workstation’s most important parts are a larg...

Make a Mini-Workbench: A little bench can be a big help for many woodworking tasks

Chris Hedges - 09-01-2016

A traditional workbench provides a solid platform that’s convenient for many tasks that require leverage—like hand planing, for example. But a waist-high work surface isn’t ideal for other jobs that require more finesse, or a closer view of the work. I built this benchtop workbench to handle w...

Trestle Ponies: Pint-sized sawhorses make a perfect workbench partner

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 07-12-2016

While full-sized sawhorses are great for many jobs in and out of the workshop, smaller horses can also be helpful. Consider these 24"-high workshop “ponies,” inspired by Japanese-style trestle sawhorses. You can use them to raise your work to a comfortable height, as a sawing platform, or even a...

Supercharged Sawhorse: Build a pair of portable workhorses for jobs in and out of your shop

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 05-05-2016

Necessity can be the mother of invention, but in my case, it’s also been the mother of a few mistakes. Over the past 20+ years, I’ve lost count of the times when I’ve struggled without a sturdy set of sawhorses. When drywall buckets and tailgates failed, I’ve settled for what I found at the ...

Put It On Wheels! How to choose & use casters to improve the mobility and versatility of your workshop

Tim Snyder - 05-04-2016

There’s a lot to like about casters. Mobile machinery and workstations make it much easier to give your space a thorough cleaning or refinish the floor. Without straining your back, you can open up a big floor area to accommodate a large project or a new machine. With casters on a workbench and as...

Workbench Workmates: Transform any work surface into an apprentice with these off-the-shelf solutions

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, senior editor - 03-21-2016

One of the first things you learn about woodworking is that many tools aren’t terribly useful by themselves. Just as a tablesaw needs a rip fence, and a router requires a guide of some sort, workbenches and assembly tables need help in order to hold stock for machining and assembly. Although woodw...

Shelving Hardware For Lumber Storage

Tim Snyder - 09-18-2015

Managing the lumber supply can be a challenge in any woodshop, but it’s a problem worth solving. Otherwise, you end up misplacing boards and working around wood that’s stealing valuable floor space. Offcuts and other short pieces can often reside in boxes or barrels, but what about your l...

The Weekend Workbench

Written by Jim Harrold and Chad McClung - 07-24-2015

For the up-and-comer woodworker, this bench is a must-build. I teamed up with my art director, Chad McClung, to build this full-service shop workhorse. Materials run about half the cost of a store-bought bench with the same quality. It consists of rock-solid hardware, a factory laminated top, and me...

Wall-Mounted Tool Cubby Cabinet

By Bill Sands - 07-23-2015

While larger shop machines tend to sit pat until moved by muscle and wheels, smaller tools need persuasion to stay in one spot. At times, drills, nailers, and sanders seem to sprout legs and scramble off as soon as you turn your back on them. If you’ve grown weary of playing hide and seek with y...

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