Workshop Projects
Fixtures & Tools for a Successful Shop
Best of Woodworker's Journal

Softcover
215 x 280mm
151pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA

R.R.P.$27.90

ISBN 1-56523-345-4

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Building a Workbench on a Budget


Workshop Classic: A Bench You Can Rely On


Rolling Lumber Cart


Easy-Access Storage Bins


Battery Charger Cabinet


Handcrafted Joiner's Mallet


Plane Making


Trapped-Wedge Layout Gauge


Tabletop Downdraft Jig


Downdraft Workbench


All-purpose Accessories Cart


Mobile Clamping Cart for the Small Shop


Ultimate Clamping Station


Ultimate Sharpening Station


Rolling Router Table


Drum Sanding Station

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 140

There's an old saying that people in small business are often so busy working IN their business that they neglect to work ON their business.

The same may be said for woodworkers who often spend so much of their time doing woodworking that they neglect the work that ought to be done on their workshop. But working on your workshop can be extremely profitable since it can lead to both substantial savings in time and major improvements in safety.

Sometimes, all it needs is a gentle nudge in the right direction for us to see some of the things that could be - ought to be - done.

Each of the chapters in Workshop Projects is devoted to a project that should provide those gentle nudges.

The book starts with Building a Workbench on a Budget by Rick White. Next is another bench - of classic design this time - described by John English. Another variant is the Downdraft Workbench, also by Rick White.

But the book also ranges further afield - to a Rolling Lumber Cart, a Battery Charger Cabinet (now that's an interesting idea) and The Ultimate Sharpening Station.

Not all of the projects are large. There is a Drum Sanding Station, for example, which would be an excellent addition to your Drill Press and even smaller items such as a Trapped Wedge Layout Gauge and a Handcrafted Joiner's Mallet.

Each of these projects first appeared in the Woodworkers Journal, a US publication, now in its 30th year. They are competently described and well illustrated with dimensioned drawings and clear photographs.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Building a Workbench on a Budget
by Rick White
With its tough top, sturdy base, and end vise, this bench will work just as hard as a European one but for a lot less money.

Workshop Classic: A Bench You Can Rely On
by John English
A family tradition of matching the workbench to the worker continues with this no-nonsense maple bench.

Lumber and Plywood Storage
by John English
Here are two good plans for full-duty lumber racks, plus a couple of options for simpler bracket systems.

Rolling Lumber Cart
by Chris Marshall
No space for a wall-mounted lumber rack in your shop? This cart with its 70 square feet of shelf space may be for you.

Easy-Access Storage Bins
by Barry Chatell
Here's an easy-to-build wall system that keeps your fasteners and other small items organized, visible, and at the ready.

Battery Charger Cabinet
by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
Keep those multiple chargers organized, plugged in, and safely stowed with this compact tambour-door cabinet.

Simple Veneer Press
by Tom Caspar
When it comes to flattening veneer, a veneer press is the best way to go. Here's a simple design that's easy and cheap to build.

Handcrafted Joiner's Mallet
by Chris Inman
Make a mallet designed especially for you one with a handle that fits your palm like a glove and enjoy it for years to come.

Plane Making
by Kerry Pierce
With this project, you'll do more than just gain a plane. You'll also learn a great deal about this fundamental tool.

Trapped-Wedge Layout Gauge
by Tom Caspar
Precise layout is a snap with this marking tool that features a knife cutter and allows for one-handed adjustments.

Tabletop Downdraft Jig
by Rick White
For day-to-day sanding, this jig will handle the lion's share of the dust and it comes together in just one afternoon.

Downdraft Workbench
by Rick White
This big project will give you a large work center and the huge benefit of removing the last of the dust from your workshop.

All-Purpose Shop Table
by Keith Hettinger
Just one sheet of plywood and a handful of screws build this rugged table that's perfect for assembly and finishing work.

All-purpose Accessories Cart
by Brad Becker
This little cart, like a kid brother, will follow you all around the shop, carrying those all-important shop supplies for you.

Mobile Clamping Cart for the Small Shop
from the Woodworker's Journal Shop
Get rolling toward organizing your limited workspace by building this cart to eliminate clamping clutter.

Ultimate Clamping Station
by Rick White
Centralize all your clamping work with this cabinet that features plenty of storage and a fold-down table.

Ultimate Sharpening Station
by Rick White
Stop searching for those scattered sharpening tools and supplies, and start building them this perfect home.

Rolling Router Table
by Bruce Kieffer
This hardworking table features two lifts: One raises and lowers the router, while the other makes the cabinet mobile.

Deluxe Drum Sander
by Dick Dorn
Here's a jig that solves two problems with drum sanding on the drill press dust control and frequent clogging.

Drum Sanding Station
by Chris Marshall
Take the chore out of sanding curves and give your drill press a facelift with this versatile sanding station.

Shop-Built Disc Sander
by Jeff Jacobson
Turn an ordinary bench grinder into a disc sander and then build this super platform and sanding table for your new tool.

Sanding Disc Caddy
by Len Urban
You can bring order to the chaos of organizing and storing those various sanding discs. All you need is this handy caddy.

Quick and Easy Band Saw Fence
by Dave Olson
Whether you're ripping or resawing, your band saw results will be on the straight and narrow with the help of this accessory.

Scroll Saw Blade Caddy
by John English
Put an end to damaged and disorganized scroll saw blades by building this simple storage caddy.

Sliding, Circle-Cutting Band Saw Jig
by John G. Premo
With the clever use of drawer slides, you can soup up the standard circle-cutting jig and make it infinitely adjustable.

Magnetic Drill Press Vise
by Dick Dorn
Need to clamp a round or odd-shaped piece? Don't reach for a metalworker's vise - choose this gentle, wood-jawed one instead.

Adjustable Dado Jig
by Ralph Bagnall
Mill snug-fitting dadoes every time - and in just two passes - with this adjustable auxiliary router base.

Veneer Jointing Jig
by Bruce Kieffer
Get a dramatic book-matched look for your veneered panel doors and tabletops with this easy-to-make jig.

Customized Portable Lathe Station
by Peter Walsh
Here's an easy way to add portability, stability, storage, lighting, and sharpening capability to your lathe.

Lathe Attachment for Sanding
by Dick Dorn
Lathe turning and sanding go hand in hand even more so with a sander/grinder mounted directly to your lathe.


Shop-Built Disc Sander


Sanding Disc Caddy


Scroll Saw Blade Caddy


Magnetic Drill Press Vise


Customized Portable Lathe Station


Lathe Attachment for Sanding