Hardware Storage System

Inside the vertical drawers of this system, there are small, shopmade bins that rest on adjustable shelves. What you end up with is a lot of room for storage without taking up much shelf space.

End Table page 6


End Table page 6


Tips & Techniques 4

Shop Notes 18

Reader's Jig 34

Sources 35

Hardware Storage System page 28

From Fellow Woodworkers

Tips & Techniques

Socket head machine screw (thread size to match dart)

Shop-Made Scratch Awl

Socket head machine screw (thread size to match dart)

A scratch awl is great for laying out dimensions on a workpiece. But since I work on a lot of small projects, I needed a smaller awl with a finer point than

11A"-dia. wood knob

11A"-dia. wood knob found on most scratch awls. So I made my own awl using an ordinary playing dart, see photo.

I simply unscrewed the metal tip of the dart from the plastic "feathers" and found a socket head machine screw that matched the threads.

For a handle, I used a iy4"-dia. round wood knob with a counterbored hole, see drawing below.

To center the hole in the knob, first drill a large, shal

low hole in a backer (support) board. Without moving the backer board, replace the drill bit and drill the counterbored hole in the knob, see detail.

Joel Gruenberg Lompoc, CA

Furniture Levelers

Recently I was building several tall bookcases that I planned to install side by side in a room. But instead of buying mechanical levelers for each bookcase, I made my own.

My shop-made levelers are concealed behind an apron at the bottom of the bookcase.

The levelers consist of two parts, see drawing. A plywood retainer is screwed to the bottom of the bookcase, capturing'a pair of washers and machine screws in two counterbored holes. Note that the washers are installed on top of the machine screws to prevent them from backing out of the holes.

The foot of the leveler is glued up from two pieces of plywood. Holes drilled near the ends of the foot line up with the machine screws in the retainer. T-nuts are installed in the holes and then the machine screws are threaded into the nuts, see detail 'a.'

A couple of small holes in the bottom shelf of the bookcase provide access to the screws so you can adjust the foot up or down.

Gene Moulton Livonia, Michigan


Bottom shelf #8x1V2" Fh of bookcase ^ woodscrews


Bottom shelf #8x1V2" Fh of bookcase ^ woodscrews

Turn screw to raise or lower foot

Turn screw to raise or lower foot

Magnetic Push Stick Holster

No matter how many push er to set the push stick in sticks I make, it seems like I never can find one when I need it most — right in the middle of a saw cut. So to help keep my push stick within arm's reach at all times, I made a simple holster, see drawing.

The holster is nothing more than a scrap piece of 2x4. A groove cut down the center matches the thickness of the push stick. Then the edges of the groove are chamfered to make it easi-

the groove.

Finally, to keep the push stick handy, I drilled shallow holes in the bottom of the holder and epoxied in four small magnets, see detail. This way, I can place the holder on top of my saw, just off to the side, so I can reach the push stick easily with one hand. And I can quickly remove the holster if if s in the way.

Doug Hicks UrbaruMe, Iowa


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I have a detail sander that uses triangular sanding "discs." I

noticed that the front corner of the disc always wears out first, while the rest of the disc is like new. So to get more life from each sanding disc, I simply trim the edges of the triangle to create a "new" corner, see drawing.

Robert Brandon Morrison, Illinois

Shop-made extension dogs allow you to clamp up large objects.


dia. dowel

Shop-made extension dogs allow you to clamp up large objects.

Workmate® Extension Dogs

In my small shop, I use a wood dowel that fits into folding, portable workbench ( Workmate) for most of my woodworking. The workbench is fine for smaller projects, but if the project is bigger than the top of the bench, I can't clamp it between the bench dogs.

So to allow the bench to hold larger projects, I made some special bench dogs, see photo. These dogs extend beyond the edge of the bench to provide a wider clamping capacity.

The dogs are made from strips of y2"-thick hardwood, see drawing. (I made mine 10" long.) A 3/4"-dia. hole on one end holds a short hard-

the holes on the top of the bench, see detail. On the other end of the dog, a stop is glued and screwed in place.

Jack Kiser Fremont, Ohio

NOTE: Length of extension can be varied to suit need


Epoxy magnets in holes


Width of groove matches thickness of push stick

Chamfer edges

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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