woodworking Shop Projects

Low Stakes Coffee Table

When I lived in Maine, I had a wide array of projects and furniture that I wanted to build for our house. When it became clear, however, that we were going to move down here to Covington, Ky., I put the designs and wood aside, not wanting to build a bunch of furniture only...

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 6/5/14 – Air Scrubber Trio

Air Scrubber Trio Three shop-made machines that clear the air. By Ed Krause   Dust haze.Even if you have a dust collection system you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of it. This fine dust settles onto all the surfaces of your shop where it is a fire hazard (as well as a nuisance)...

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...

Ultimate Lathe Stand

Build a professional-quality lathe stand that’s stable, strong and heavy By: Alan Lacer A good stand is just as important as a good lathe. As a professional turner, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a stand that’s stable, strong and heavy—particularly for bowl turning. This one meets all those requirements,...

Knockdown Trestle Sawhorses

Knockdown Trestle Sawhorses ??Simple design. Sturdy construction. By Tom Caspar Every shop needs a pair of trusty sawhorses. I like ones that are easy to build and easy to store away. These sawhorses definitely fit that bill, and nest together quite well, too. This unique design is within reach of any woodworker and doesn’t...

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...