Many of the projects I have around the house seem to require sanding into tight places. I finally tired of continuously folding sandpaper to accommodate the situation, and thought there must be a better way. So I made a detail sander out of plywood in my shop.
In the past when I built a project from plans, those plans either took up valuable benchtop space or hid tools on the wall. I needed a place to put them where they would be within easy reach, but out of the way. This hideaway table solves the problem.
To store my tools close at hand, I designed and built this hanging tool crib that neatly secures in place beneath the benchtop.
Resawing is cutting thin pieces of wood from a thick piece of stock. (In effect, ripping on edge.) A quick way to do this is on the table saw. Before you get started though, there are two safety precautions that are a must. First, to reduce the chance of kickback, use a zeroclearance insert with a splitter (see Photo at this site). Second, be sure to use a push block when making a cut.
These sawhorses feature a convenient bin in the base for storing tools, clamps, and other items. And the divided upper tray is a great place to keep often-used hardware and hand tools organized and within easy reach. But here is the best part, you can adjust the top of the sawhorse up and down. So no matter what you are working on, the sawhorse can be set to a comfortable working height. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
See how WOOD magazine reader John Hardy used RV sewer hose fittings for quick disconnects to his dust collection system.
Plans to build your own wooden rocking horse. The book includes step by step instructions with many pictures at each stage of construction. A +50 page PDF downloadable file.
Use this sanding jig with your sander to get the perfect results you want in seconds.
The kids will love these puzzles – and they are as easy to make as they are fast to sell!
Here are two fairly simple picture frames you can build in one day. One has a Bead Corner edge while the other has a Roman / Chamfer edge. The final frames can be finished any a variety of ways.