Little children love having their own workbench complete with tools made just for them! With this project kids can get real woodworking experience using the tools, too. They use the screwdriver to turn the two giant screws with slotted heads, ...
Recently, I was building the Cottage-style dresser featured in the June 2002 issue of Workbench. To dress-up the drawer fronts, I wanted to use small strips of half-round molding. The trick was trying to position the strips on each false drawer front so that they aligned from one drawer to the next.
My shop has no room for an auxiliary table for glue-ups. And I do not like the mess and distraction of having to do these glue-ups on my workbench. So to solve this problem I use a wall system that holds my pipe clamps whenever I need to do assembly and gluing tasks. This makes for efficient use of my space.
A moxon vise is very handy in the workshop as it clamps on to your workbench allowing you to cut joinery into the ends of your workpieces. The best part is when you finish with it you can remove it and store it out of the way.
My portable workbench gets pressed into service as a stand for several of my benchtop tools. But instead of breaking out the clamps every time I want to attach a tool to the workbench, I came up with a shop-made hold-down. It is faster and easier to use than clamps, and it can be made from a few pieces of commonly available hardware and a wood dowel.
Since my workbench is in the middle of the shop, there is not an electrical outlet nearby to plug my power tools into. And trailing an extension cord across the floor is a safety hazard. So I decided to hang a strip of outlets above the bench.
In order to make room in my small shop for a wood lathe that I recently purchased, I had to get rid of an extra workbench. While I did not use the bench all that much, I really missed the machinists vise that was mounted on it. But then it dawned on me that I could still use the machinist is vise by simply mounting it to the tailstock end of the lathe.
Frustrated with pipe-clamp holders tipping over as he worked, Paul Amberg came up with some ingenious flip-up supports for his workbench. Upright and ready to go when you need them, folded down and out of the way when you do not, these pipe-clamp supports add versatility to any workbench.
This was my first pattern, made when I was just learning to use a coping saw and bit and brace and was too small to reach the top of the workbench! Cut from 3/4 inch pine. Round over all edges and leave natural or stain as desired. Stain is better than paint because the gun can be stained again when it gets nicked and dented. Beginner skill level using a scrollsaw.
You only need to run a flex hose from a 4 inch side port to the tool creating all that dust, whether its on the stand itself or if its already set up somewhere in your shop. A debris separator, effective air filter and mobile work surface all rolled into one. Invest a weekend in building this simple glued and screwed plywood cabinet outfitted with a low cost dust collection blower and you are ready to stop big and small sawdust particles. Dust settles in the large pull out drawers at the bottom of the cart. The ingenious design separates the big chips from the small dust particles.
You will sand your projects fast and effectively with this easy-to-build, stow-out-of-the-way cart. It features a PVC arm that keeps the sanders power cord and vac hose out of your way. A tool-triggered switch powers on and off a low-dough vac stored on board. To make the project as easy to build as it is to use, and to save time, build the no-nonsense drawers using metal sides with built-in slides sourced in this step-by-step plan.
Trying to glue up large panels or frames on a small workbench can be difficult. I often found myself working in the middle of the floor. So, I built this simple knock-down clamping table to make the job a little easier.
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