Adding A Mobile Base to Big Tools

Few of us ever admit to having “enough” tools and machinery, but sooner or later, we realize that it’s possible to own one too many. Finding parking spots for those most-needed machines, benches, stands, and materials in a crowded garage or basement...

Shop Project: Adding A Router Extension To Your Table Saw

Adding a router-table extension to your contractor-style table saw is fairly easy to accomplish – simply remove the metal extension that’s there now, and then build and bolt this one into place. Important note: This table was built for a specific 10″...

The Plate (Biscuit) Joiner – a tool for everyone

The plate (or biscuit) joiner is one those tools that gives a really big bang for the buck. In the hands of a seasoned professional or novice, it provides rock solid joints. For beginners, it is a tool that provides an immediate improvement in woodworking skills....

Build a Knock Down Workbench

Here is a workbench that is quick and easy to construct, professional looking and absolutely rigid. Designing the Workbench The workbench mainly consists of four legs and four stretchers held together with eight identical joints. The joints are easy to cut yet...

Workshop Project: Making Tools Mobile – Adding Casters

Most of us soon or later find that our shops are quite a large as we thought they were on paper. As we accumulate more tools, tool stands and tool boxes the frustration of crowding sets in. There is a solution short of building a new shop – convert as many of...

Wood Finishing with Shellac

Want a safe, non-toxic finish on your project? Finishing or refinishing your woodworking project with Shellac gives you the both of best worlds: A beautiful (superior clarity) and an environmentally friendly finish. Shellac is perfect for antique restoration,...

Adding A Pre-Separator To Your Dust Collection System

Adding a pre-separator to your single-stage dust collector will save you time and money. It’ll save you time because it’s a lot easier to empty one of these than the lower, or “chip,” bag of a bag-over- bag collector. It’ll save you money...

Building an Auxiliary Band Saw Table

The cure for the incredible shrinking work surface isn’t a new band saw. There I was, perfectly content with my minuscule 14″-square band saw table, not even aware that there was something far, far better. Then I took a job teaching wood craftsmanship at...