If you do not have a router table yet, it is simple to build and will make a big difference in the work you can do with your router. It also makes a great portable router table, or for those times when you could use a second table in your shop so you do not have to change the setup on your main router table.
If you have a router then you need a router table. A table allows the woodworker to perform operations that would normally be impossible without. This article deals with building a router cabinet rather than the how-to and/or uses of a router table.
A putter shed is a great way to increase your outdoor storage area. We built ours using a plan we saw in a magazine, but most lumberyards and home centers will have plans and kits available.
Thanks to Paul Sherley there is now a nice downloadable and printable PDF file of these table plans with many additional hints and pictures to clarify questions. This PDF is fairly complete, but there are a few changes on the web pages here worth considering. Although at 706K this is a fairly long file to download, it is well worth your trouble to download and read. Thanks Paul!
The basic workbench for shaping with a drawknife or spokeshave is the shaving horse. The two traditional shaving horse styles are the Continental schnitzelbank or dumbhead and the English bodgers bench.
A plunge router is great for cutting mortises on the edge of a workpiece. The only trick is getting it centered. Here is a handy auxiliary router base that will center the bit automatically, and it works with workpieces of just about any thickness.
For the longest time, I used a scrap piece of wood for a sanding block. It was simple and did not cost much. But it never worked as well as I would have liked, the sandpaper tended to shift around and tear. Recently, though, I came up with a new sanding block that works really well. Not only is it sized to fit my hand perfectly; it also holds the paper in place using plastic tubing.
I have been using my hand-held router a lot lately. For one project, I had to rout some stopped dadoes. With this kind of cut, an edge guide is almost a necessity. And although most router manufacturers offer an edge guide as an accessory, it is really no trouble at all to build your own. As you can see in the photo, it is just a replacement base made of hardboard with an adjustable hardwood fence.
This tablesaw jig is unusual in that it is pretty easy for any woodworker to make, it allows you to drill two rows of pin holes with one setup, it does not cost very much money and finally – it is FAST!
Bamboo grows fast, is free material for a dome framework. It might be possible to suspend a tent skin or mosquito netting inside, or pull a stretch cloth over the outside and shoot foam. Tools: a pocket knife and string. The following instructions were prepared by R. Buckminster Fuller.