Make the most of the wall space in his shop but also make it look spectacular

Storage Solutions For Woodshop

When Leland Frerichs was designing his brand-new shop, he realized that his penchant for producing artwork in wood differentiated him from many of his fellow crafters. But he also shared a common malady with them he had loo many things and nowhere to put them. He also had a self-described fixation on staying organized. When 1 want something. I want it now and don't want to dig around finding it, he says. 1 had a wrench missing for two Leland Frerichs' well-organized shop may be the only purple...

Tablesaw Outfeed Table

Bill wanted a stable outfeed table that could also fold down when not in use. He constructed a 4' square table with a top of 3A white melamine-coated particleboard edged with rubber T-molding, then installed hinges between the tablesaw's back edge and outfeed table. The leg rail assembly also folds in on hinges. Most woodturners visiting Stan Harder's shop are fascinated with the homemade hoist track above his lathe. Initially intended to help lift heavy logs onto the machine, Stan now uses...

Outfeed Table

When a collapsing outfeed table resulted in a severe saw-cut injury, Jerry realized he needed an outfeed table that would remain solidly upright and enable him to cut longer boards and plywood panels safely. His 4x3' outfeed table bolts into place on the tablesaw rear-fence rail. The top is W particleboard Jerry salvaged agricultural disk blades for the bases. Locking nuts, part of the table-height-adjustment mechanism, keep everything in place. Like the mobile planer stand below, Greg...

TV Shelf PipeClamp Rack

Pipe Rack Clamps And Fasteners

Every now and then, the best-laid plans of woodworkers take a backseat to luck. Randy built this corner shelf for his portable TV, Then he found out that his clamps could simply clamp onto the front rail and support cleats I didn't build anything unusual into this, Randy reports, sheepishly. As with many of his woodworking exploits, Randy Zimmerman would see what his more experienced friends did and copy them. Randy uses this workbench, based on a friend's design, mostly for clamp-ups. The...

Pitching in friends neighbors and family

David, Wayne, and his stepsons, grandchildren, and friends began work on the frame structure in March 2006 and finished up the following February. Except for forming the concrete floor and footings and doing the dry walling, they provided the rest of the labor, which included constructing the frame, and the exterior siding of concrete-impregnated hardboard. The Southards epoxied the floor to seal the concrete, reduce concrete dust, and help keep the floor clean. It took an entire day first...

Projects and ideas

A magazine inspired Larry's design for this hand-plane cabinet he collected all the planes over the years. I've been trying to learn skills of old carpenters, especially using hand tools, says the former homebuilder. For heavy work, you do need a motorized planer. But for fine work, a plane is better than a sander. With small, slow, easy strokes, you can finish wood almost to where It doesn't need sanding. It's sure quieter and not as dusty To gauge how tall to make this cabinet, which supports...

Specialized spaces for special tasks

Scroll Saw Wood Shop Layout

Doing mostly carving, Dale doesn't perform a lot of tasks thai kick up plenty of dust. For that reason, he has put off investing in a central dust-collection system, instead using a portable shop vacuum. What is essential, however, is a microwave oven he uses to dry pieces quickly. The recipe is microwave a piece on high for two minutes, let it coot for 10 minutes, and put it back in for two minutes, weighing it at each stage, he says. When the weight stabilizes, all the water is out of it. A...

The floor plan

Wood Shop Floor Plans

Practically everything in Tom Whalley's shop in the basement of his home is movable, to save space and maximize efficiency. That's how he gets an awful lot of equipment into a 24x28' space. Floors coated with epoxy resist scuffing and can stand up to the wheels of Tom's many mobile cabinets, which house most of his power tools. Tom designed many of the mobile cabinets to fit under other cabinets and under worksurfaces. Double doors lead to the garage, which Tom plans to convert to a finishing...

When Tom Whalley planned the workshop for his familys new suburban home he realized that everything in his old shop

Tom Whalley had just been put in charge of managing records at his Army base in Germany when he realized there was a major problem Nothing was in order. He soon fixed that. I got a couple of privates in there and I told them, 'Men, we're going to dump out every record onto the floor, and then we're going to sort them out and arrange them. And we're going to spend all night doing it.' And so, the military was introduced to quite possibly woodworking's quintessential organization man. Years...

Router Bit Cabinet

Built Cabinet

Randy built this cabinet when I didn't know what i was doing and I couldn't determine the number of the bits I would be using. So he carefully labeled every hole for each bit. Made of plywood, except for the drawer and door oak , the cabinet uses off-the-shelf hardware and simple joinery. Instead of using drawer-slide hardware, Randy rubbed some paraffin into the grooves in the sides to help the plywood shelves slide easier. Another project Randy made before there was a commercial equivalent is...

Rabbet Cutting Fence

Saw Blade Storage

From Bruce Greenawald, Schnecksville, Pa. A Here's a no-clamp way to add a sacrificial rabbet-cutting fence to your saw's regular fence. Bruce's box fence fits over his T-square-stySe rip fence when the MDF side gets trashed, he easily replaces It. This model is Bruce's second stab at the box fence, adding several improvements along the way. An aluminum T-track tucks snugly Into a 3A dado W deep in the MDF, allowing him to tighten the bolts securing the feather board to the sacrificial face of...

If I realized I needed a shop I would have gone right to the layout I have now instead of evolving it Also I would have

Continuous hinges 30 long joining side assemblies to end assemblies Continuous hinge 30 long joining both halves of end assembly W Baltic birch plywood covered with laminate This versatile table with a removable worksurface allows Jeff additional space to assemble projects when aligned with his outfeed table. Continuous hinges allow the rectangular sides and folding end assemblies to collapse for easy storage. The tabletop leaves each consist of two plywood skins over lattice frames, covered...

But thats the only thing Id change and thats eight years later

One of the first modifications Wait made to his tablesaw was to install this knee-operated, spring-tensioned panic switch. This way, Walt can keep both hands and his attention on the workpiece. The switch was hard to get at, Walt explains, so I put a crash bar across it so 1 could push it with my knee. No matter where you hit it, ail you need is a quarter inch of travel to shut the saw down. Even a simple Segl project, like this magazine rack, carries the look and feel of period furniture. It...

Wall of Clamp Racks

'Form notches to fit your particular clamps. 'Form notches to fit your particular clamps. Leland based these clamp racks, which extend from floor to ceiling of his shop, on designs he'd seen in WOOD magazine. To capture the pipes of his pipe clamps, he drilled a pair of 1 holes in each support with a Forstner bit and finished forming the notches with a scrollsaw. After forming the supports, he glued and screwed each one to a backing board.

What I would like to add is more volt outlets and maybe a dustcollection system I get along pretty well without them

A 10x12' overhead door in Dale's sawdust room makes it easy to bring large workpieces and machines in and out. Dale made the floor level with the outside so if necessary, he can drive a truck into the space to load or unload items. ABOVE Dale designed this bench exclusively for carving models of totem poles, on which he works out details for full-size versions. The bench holds the workpiece just as a lathe chuck holds turning stock. Dale can rotate the workpiece to any angle, then lock it into...

Para

' pace the final frontier of woodworking, r '' Nearly every woodworker from time to time has dreamed of a shop with sufficient room to arrange tools far enough apart so someone bigger than Tom Thumb could walk between them. The really ambitious dreams include enough space to have two and maybe three varieties of the same tool to suit different purposes. ABOVE On the second floor of his shop, Larry added a carving sharpening station ABOVE On the second floor of his shop, Larry added a carving...

Portable Sheet Goods Rack

Mobile Lumber Storage Rack Plans

Instead of building their portable sheet-goods rack with two sloping sides, as most plans call for, Wayne and David made one side perpendicular to the floor so they could store the rack flush against the wall. The straight back also makes a good place to hang the plywood-cutting frame shown on page 81. Shelves of varying widths hold longer boards. Three generations of Southards helped fashion this computer desk. Wayne and son David admire their handiwork with David's 9-year-old son, Brandon,...

Roller Boards

Roller Ball Bearing Table

Rare earth magnets epoxied into counterbores on bottom side of base Roller boards allow sawn wood to glide onto an outfeed table. Rare earth magnets inserted into holes on Scott's workbench keep the roller frames in place. Scott built the boards out of oak, but you can use any wood. The only critical thing, Scott says, is the thickness of the roller assembly. The height of the bearings has to equal the height of the saw, so when the piece comes off the saw table, it stays level and doesn't fall...

After years Scott Beresford figured it was time his suburban homeincluding his workshopreceived a facelift Building a

Once upon a time, there was a man named Scott Beresford, who had no wife or kids, and lived in a suburban home outside Pittsburgh. Scott had a split-level, which included a garage leading down a short flight of steps to a woodworking shop in his basement, and he was content. But after 20 years of living in his home, this lucky man had reached a point where he was financially comfortable and wanted to use his woodworking talent to enjoy himself and maybe earn a little money on the side. So he...

Clamp Rack

Scott reports that his clamp rack, which holds eleven 24 bar clamps, took less than an hour, including the design and construction. Once the clamps are slid into the slots, gravity holds them in place. Scott used 3A oak stock but says any hardwood will work. Dave Knau really went into the hole when he set up his new shop. With an unfinished basement as his blank canvas, and a lot of salvage, Dave pulled together a shop that helps him produce gaming tables of art. f hen Dave Knau first cast eyes...

Clamp Rack Cleat System

Clamp Storage Wall

Wayne and David fashioned a cleat-rail system for their shop that supports clamp racks and cabinets. Clamp racks at the rear of the shop are simple plywood uprights screwed to horizontal 2x4s. Each clamp rack hangs on the cleat rail that runs around every wall. No hardware is needed to hold the cabinets on the rails a beveled edge on the rail accommodates a mating beveled cleat. To learn more about how to build this cleat system, visit woodmaga2ine.com cleatsystem. Besides holding clamp racks...

InFloor Dust Collection

This dust-collection box under Randy's router table connects into the in-floor shop dust-collection system. The bottom slopes to the vacuum port so the dust and chips are easily sucked out of the bottom of the bay. Hole sized to fit dust-collection hose Randy's router-table fence made of plywood with walnut faces clamps directly onto his tablesaw rip fence. A plastic dust chute behind the bit enclosure hooks into the dust-collection system. The hardwood faces have adjustment slots so Randy can...