Time in the shop should not be spent on a game of hide and seek. But too often my layout tools were hiding and I was wasting time looking for them. I finally decided to put an end to the game and came up with a solution – a magnetic tool holder.
The clamp block stands, shown in the photo, give the clamps a very stable footing, as well as creating extra clearance for the handle. Thus I was able to put an end to the handle cranking clearance and stability problems by making some stands for my pipe clamps.
It seems like every tool chest I have ever had was too heavy to move around once it was loaded up with tools. Well, that is not the case any more. With just a little high-tech aluminum riveted to some 1/4 inch plywood, I was able to build a lightweight chest that was portable and heavy-duty. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
Every once in awhile when trying to clamp a workpiece to my bench, the reach of the clamps jaws comes up a little short. So I call on a simple clamping extension to solve the problem.
I own a small but very useful collection of handsaws. My problem was finding a handy and safe place to store them. The answer was a simple wall storage rack that keeps the saws out of the way but still easily accessible, as you can see in the photo.
Sliding doors and a flexible design allow you to pack a lot of tools into little space with this sliding door tool cabinet. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
This simple center gauge will either mark a spot or scribe a line down the edge of a board, it is easily made with a short wooden bar, two dowels and a screw.
I made this jig to easily find the center on round stock, such as dowels. It is just a triangular frame with a thin plate attached over one half that is used as a marking guide. To find the centerpoint, you simply butt the round workpiece into the 90 degree corner of the frame and mark a line. Then rotate the stock, and draw a second line. The intersection of the lines is the center of the stock.
The following dialogue is taken from portions of email conversations I had with fellow woodworker Jonathan Skipsey, whom I have corresponded with regularly for quite a while now, on how to build these saw chops.
I like to use a sharp marking knife to make crisp, accurate layouts for my projects. But too often I could not find one when I needed it. So out of necessity, I decided to convert one of my over-the-hill hacksaw blades into a handy and inexpensive marking knife.