Workspace is at a premium in my small shop. So I built a workbench that folds down from the wall like an ironing board. I made it sturdy enough to handle most tasks. But best of all, it folds away into the wall when I do not need it.
The router table in my shop gets lots of use. But it is always difficult to make fine adjustments to the fence. So I built this router table micro-adjuster by using spare parts I had around the shop.
My portable planer works great for planing lumber to final thickness. The problem is, the short infeed and outfeed tables make it difficult to support long workpieces. So I built the extended infeed/outfeed tables for my planer shown in this photo.
My shop is small, so I need to be able to move my power tools easily. But manufactured tool bases are a bit more than my budget allows. So I built a mobile tool base out of some scrap stock. Read more at WoodworkingTips.
When I need to enlarge a hole in a door for a new lockset (say, from 2-1/8 to 2-3/8 inch), I use a shop-made guide and a standard hole saw.
Finding the space for lumber storage has always been a problem for me. So when I built a new workbench recently, I decided to incorporate some lumber storage. The base of the bench is built primarily out of two-by stock. It consists of four trestles that support the benchtop and provide a place for creating a rack to hold lumber.
While working on projects in my shop, I have found that one size does not fit all when when it comes to tables for gluing up and assembling projects. So I came up with this sturdy, convertible work table.
Putting a new spin on finishing your projects. Painting a door is one of those projects that always seems to take twice as long as it should. That is because after painting one side of the door, you have to let the paint dry before you can turn the door over to paint the other side. To get around this problem ShopNotes Editor, Phil Huber, came up with a simple solution. He built a couple of support stands that hold the door without touching it, allowing you to paint both sides at one time.
My trick is to use a crosscut sled with stop blocks that automatically set up the workpiece for the cut I need.
Making a straight cut with a circular saw usually requires careful measuring to set up your edge guide. To solve this problem, I came up with a simple circular saw marking gauge.