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I own a small but very useful collection of handsaws. My problem was finding a handy and safe place to store them. The answer was a simple wall storage rack that keeps the saws out of the way but still easily accessible, as you can see in the photo.
When it comes to sharpening my chisels and plane irons, having a convenient worksurface and handy storage for all my supplies is always a challenge. This sharpening center easily solves these space and storage problems. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
(Webmaster note: No measurements given but pictures and description should be enough to make a project for your workshop) There is more to spraying a finish than squeezing the trigger on a spray gun. To get a smooth, even finish, you need to spray all sides of a project, if possible. Which is precisely the idea behind this spray finishing station. You simply set the project on the rotating turntable, then spray, spin, and spray again. So it is much easier to get even spray coverage than having to drag an air hose and spray gun around the project.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a cart with two open shelves, designed to work in roll-away workshop system. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
While building a small bookcase, I stumbled on an age-old problem: how to apply finish to all six sides and edges of the shelves in one sitting. (And, how to handle and store the freshly finished pieces until they dried.) This time, though, I figured out a solution.
To support workpieces, I made a simple T-shaped fixture that secures to my portable clamping workstation. By adjusting the height of the fixture, I can use it with various tools, such as my tablesaw, radial-arm saw, router table, etc. inches
Because shop space is nearly always limited and there are so many different types and sizes of nails and screws, the space-saving, low-cost hardware organizer, has been a real advantage in my shop. It lets me see at a glance what is in each can.
The Idea Shop 5 wall cleat system featured on page 86 of the November 2003 issue of WOOD works great for supporting more than cabinets and tool racks. This easy-to-build light support fits and locks onto the same cleat, and can be located near any number of machine operations.
What makes this mortising machine so fantastic is the fact that it can create perfect mortises quickly and easily. The way it works is simple. The workpiece is clamped to a sliding table, and the router is mounted to a carriage that travels on a pair of drawer slides. By pulling the lever arm forward, the router bit is plunged into the workpiece. Then you just slide the table back and forth to rout the mortise. The whole thing takes about 30 seconds. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
One of the more awkward things to handle around the shop is big sheets of plywood. With my bad shoulder it is almost impossible but with this handy device its a breeze. Put the plywood in the notch, pick it up with the handle and balance the top with your other hand. Now that is a lot better than the alternative!
Besides providing storage, this tool shelf solves another nagging problem as well, it keeps the power cords from getting tangled up like spaghetti. Each power cord fits in a separate compartment directly below the tool.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a lumber buggy which gives you a handy way to push material aroung the shop. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
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