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With the cost of lumber, I am not crazy about throwing out short scrap pieces of wood. But planing short pieces (less than 12 inches long) in not recommended by most manufacturers. That is because the pieces can get caught between the feed rollers and chewed up by the blades.
...I made a smooth-sliding auxiliary top out of a piece of Plexiglass...The Plexiglas is the same size as the saw table and has a hole only a bit larger than the blade to provide more workpiece support. I attached it with spray adhesive.
I never seem to have enough storage space in my shop....So, to store these and other small items, I built a pull-out storage case, like you see in the photo. The case is large enough to hold a couple of small plastic storage cabinets with lots of drawers (the kind you find at hardware stores and home centers). I also added a few shelves to store other items.
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.
After many good years of use, I finally decided to replace the crude shop cabinets I built when I first got started in woodworking. One of my goals for the new cabinets was to squeeze every last bit of storage space out of them.
(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.
Without my small collection of extension cords, I think work in the shop would slowly grind to halt. But trying to keep these cords untangled and easily accessible was always a major challenge. The answer to this housekeeping problem was this storage rack.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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