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Down the Rabbit Hole

Miniaturist David Brookshaw sent me a photo of a cabinetmaker’s tool chest in 1/12 scale that begs for your “zoom tool.” We’ve been exploring all the tiny tools in the [...]

Origami Chisel Protectors

Reaching underneath my tool rack can be like sticking my hand in a lion’s mouth. All of the dangling edge tools have alternately shaved, nicked and scared the bejeezus out of me over the [...]

Craftsman Frame

Craftsman Frame Pegged half-lap joints are the cabinetmaker's way to build a beautiful frame. By Jock and Susan Holmen Picture frames are pretty easy to make, except when it comes to putting [...]

Versatile Router-Bit Storage

When it comes to router-bit storage, I could write a book. I've tried everything, but I think my latest design is a keeper. I prefer to keep my bits protected in a drawer. At first, I just [...]

Drawer-Slide Outfeed Table

In my garage shop, large tools have to be mobile and storable, so I attached this collapsing outfeed support to my saw. It slides on 100-lb. full-extension drawer slides. Extended, the roller [...]

Hideaway Bin for Short Stock

I don't like to throw wood away; offcuts and other short boards work great for small projects, jigs and shop fixtures. But until I built this mobile cart, my shop was littered with piles of [...]

Wall-Hung Storage Bins

I recently bought a big stack of plastic storage bins at a flea market. I got a great deal on them, but they didn't come with any hanger strips. I came up with my own hanger by using a piece [...]

Clamp Leash

  My spring clamps were always out of reach or scattered around the shop until my dog gave me this excellent tip. Now his old leash stores all my spring clamps and makes them easy to tote [...]

Sliding Mobile Bases

My mobile bases slide on low-friction, ultrahigh molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene pads. Fastened to these sliding bases, my tools glide easily over the concrete floors in my shop, yet [...]

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