Shop Projects

Wooden Bar Clamps

Wooden Bar Clamps Shop-made clamps that deliver versatility and performance. By Dave Olson End your clamp shortage once and for all. These wooden clamps are easy to make, a joy to use and they exert plenty of clamping pressure. If you build them with scrap lumber, they cost less than half the cost of...

Modular Shop Cabinets

Modular Shop Cabinets Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize. By Bruce Kieffer In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’s level of craftsmanship and provided practical storage for tools. These modular shop cabinets...

Double-Duty Shop Stool

Double-Duty Shop Stool It's all plywood, and only uses a half sheet. By Eric Smith A combination stool and work support? OK, it’s an odd pair, but in my crowded shop, it makes a lot of sense. Anything that takes up less room is a good idea! The stool’s seat is divided into three...

Ultimate Sharpening Station

Ultimate Sharpening Station Everything you need to make a razor-sharp edge is right at your fingertips. By Brad Holden If your sharpening supplies are scattered all over your shop, here’s a project designed to keep them in one place. This station holds everything you need for grinding, lapping and honing, with room to spare...

Hardworking Horse and Cart

Hardworking Horse and Cart ??Two great additions to any small shop. By Randy Johnson Do you spend a lot of time stacking, storing and pushing stuff around your small shop just to make room for the next phase of your project? Here are a couple of no-nonsense shop helpers that can make your small...

Plumb Your Shop with Air

Plumb Your Shop with Air Flexible hose saves time and money By Richard Tendick Moments after I tripped over the air hose and dropped an armload of boards, I decided it was time to plumb my shop for air. I was tired of having 50 ft. of hose on the floor and dashing back...

Double-Duty Lathe Cabinet

Double-Duty Lathe Cabinet Onboard storage for tools, accessories and 150 pounds of ballast. By Ray Lanham After several years of making lots of shavings and dust with a small, underpowered lathe, I decided I deserved an upgrade. My new lathe has big capacity, ample power and electronic variable speed—important features that my old lathe...

Dovetailed Tool Box

Dovetailed Tool Box Fill it, carry it, bang it around: These joints will last forever. By Seth Keller A lightweight, sturdy toolbox is perfect for odd jobs around the house. Carpenters used to make their own, just nailed together. I’ve built a more sophisticated design using two different dovetail joints. You may also like…...