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 ...

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...

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...

Torsion-Beam Mitre Saw Station

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk - 07-21-2015

Sometimes less is plenty. The “deluxe” mitersaw workstation I designed a few years ago (Oct/Nov 2011, Issue #43) suits my needs very well, but I realize that a cutting station/lumber rack/storage cabinet might be a bit much for some shops. This time, I kept the focus on the saw. The result is a ...

Installing A Bench Vise: Give your workbench the holding power it deserves.

Craig Bentzley - 05-08-2015

Let’s face it; a workbench without vises is basically just an assembly table. Vises provide the muscle for securing workpieces for planing, sawing, routing, and other tooling operations. Of the myriad commercial models, the venerable Record vise is one that has stood the test of time, because it...

Choosing A Work Bench: Here's where woodworking get's personal

Jim Harrold - 05-07-2015

Of all of the tools in the shop, none receives more use (and abuse) than the workbench. Here, project parts undergo shaving, scraping, and sanding. Assemblies take shape with the help of a mallet, glue, and clamps. Projects get prepped for hardware and finishes. Whatever the task, there’s no denyi...

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