Shop Projects

AW Extra 7/10/14 – Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck

Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck A cheap, effective turning tool.   Three-jaw lathe chucks are virtually indispensable for a turner, yet the cost of buying one can be prohibitive. Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permit multi-axis turning. This shop-made chuck can be made from scraps of maple and a few...

Tablesaw Extension

Tablesaw Extension Make wide cuts in a small shop. By Roy Smith There’s not enough room in my garage shop for a tablesaw with a 52-in.-capacity rip fence. But no worries—I don’t need one! To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges my saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in....

AW Extra 5/29/14 – Folding Worktable

Folding Worktable This simple, roll-around worktable fits in tight spaces yet expands to a huge work surface. By David Radtke   Here’s a work space that’s huge and accessible from all sides, yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t have room for a full-size, permanent table for glue-up, assembly and finishing,...

AW Extra 5/15/14 – Ultimate Tool Stand

Ultimate Tool Stand An easy-to-use space saver with more functions than a Swiss army knife. By Dave Munkittrick For those of us who share shop space with a car or a washer and dryer, elbowroom is always a problem. This tool stand is the answer. A 2 ft.by 6-ft. section of floor space is...

3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps

3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps Increase your bench’s versatility on a budget. By Chad Stanton As a professional woodworker, leaving the comfort of my shop to work on a jobsite is part of the routine. I always take along a portable bench that’s equipped with three inexpensive vises made with pipe clamps....

AW Extra 1/16/14 – Roll-Around Shop Cabinet

Roll-Around Shop Cabinet This wooden cavern holds tons of tools, plus it doubles as a bench outrigger. By Ian Kirby For tough and intelligent tool storage, it’s hard to beat a professional mechanic’s tool chest. It has shallow full-extension drawers tailored to the tools inside, it rolls around, and it’s indestructible. However, in the...

AW Extra 11/21/13 – Flammables Cabinet

Flammables Cabinet Keep your shop and family safe! Have you got finishing supplies scattered all over your shop? Concerned that they’re a fire hazard? Organize them into this cabinet built out of one sheet of plywood and you’ll sleep better at night. The basic purpose of a flammables storage cabinet might come as a...

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AW Extra 10/31/13 – Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

Tablesaw Storage Cabinet All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand By Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches, etc.—they’re all essential and they were all over the place. The problem...

Chad’s Sawhorse Workbench

Chad's Sawhorse Workbench Stacking sawhorses serve a dual purpose. By Chad Stanton I usually need a pair of sawhorses when I'm working outside the shop, but sometimes I also need a bench. Here's both, rolled into one. The bench is actually a pair of sawhorses that stack to together. I recently designed some inexpensive...