Shop Projects

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!...