Shop Projects

Make Your Own Blast Gates

Make Your Own Blast Gates They’re cheap! All you need is some PVC and plastic laminate. By Alan Schaffter A central dust collection system is a big improvement to any shop, but the cost can really add up. With commercial gates going from $4 to over $50 each, building your own can help lower...

AW Extra 9/12/13 – Chad’s Stepbox

Chad's Stepbox Learn how to make compound-angle dovetails building this handy stool and portable tool box. Chad Stanton For my job as a trim carpenter and furnituremaker, I’ve always needed a sturdy stool to stand on. I’ve also wanted to make a nice box for carrying my tools and a small workbench for cutting...

AW Extra 7/11/13 – Adjustable Height Assembly Table

Adjustable Height Assembly Table Check out these clever legs: they ratchet up and down with ease. By Alan Schaffter “An adjustable assembly table, huh? Well, you’re wasting your time unless it’s a simple design that’s easy to operate.” That’s what a fellow woodworker said when I told him about the latest scheme to improve...

Ginormous Shop Cabinet

Ginormous Shop Cabinet 26 drawers for tools and supplies. By Dr. Warren Kragt My beat-up garage-sale seven-drawer metal tool cabinet was an eyesore. I wanted something bigger and better, but mostly I wanted something that looked like it belonged in a woodworking shop. Online I found a wooden version that fit the bill, but...

Shopmade Handscrews

Shopmade Handscrews Thread your own wooden screws. By Steven Bunn Even though I have a small fortune invested in tools, I always seem to be short of wooden handscrew clamps. But daydreaming about buying ten more of these versatile tools runs smack into the reality that such a purchase requires spending anywhere from $200...

Wooden Tail Vise

Wooden Tail Vise Upgrade your bench and your woodworking by adding a classic vise. By Steve Bunn You can do without a tail vise. But you can do much more with one. That’s why woodworkers have depended on tail vises for over 400 years. A tail vise can be used to clamp boards of...

AW Extra 2/7/13 – Mobile Router Center

Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska   Use It! Click any image to view a larger version. Move It! Store It! Unfold...

AW Extra 1/10/13 – Is Your Shop Too Small?

Is Your Shop Too Small? Tips for making king-size projects in a pint-size shop. By George Vondriska n a recent poll of woodworkers, the most common complaint,by far, was that their shops were too small. Even one guy with 5,000 square feet thought he was cramped! In spite of that, most of us would...

AW Extra 12/6/12 – Compact Turning Center

Compact Turning Center Put all your tools and accessories at your fingertips by building this storage rack. By Jim Williar I made turning on my lathe much more enjoyable by trimming out the metal stand that it came with. Now all my turning tools are right at my fingertips, thanks to the built-in tool...