Router Bit Nest

Router Bit Nest

WATCHING AN EXPENSIVE router bit roll onto the floor is a heartbreaking experience. In the middle of a project, it can be a disaster. I drilled a few 1/2" and 1/4" holes in the edge of a piece of MDF and fastened it to the back of my router table's fence. In this nest, i keep all the bits I'm using for a particular project at my fingertips without worrying about having them roll off the table.

—Serge Duclos

Finishing Turntable —

My finishing turntable is perfect for spraying large parts or projects. To make the device, I mounted five fixed 3-112" casters on a plywood panel. They're equally spaced in a 16" diameter circle. Fixed casters won't pivot, so the project rotates around its center. I placed 3" blocks in front of the casters to keep them from getting clogged with finish.

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Sandpaper Index

WHEN TURNING, I like to have all my supplies close at hand, ready for use. I use an index-card box to store and organize cut pieces of sandpaper. It has a lid and dividers, so everything is neat and orderly. When you cut sandpaper into sections, some pieces won't have the grit information on them, so I mark the back of each one-using a color coding system.

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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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