|Shop Helper: Pipe-clamp Risers|
With a little help from your bench dogs, these easy-to-build helpers make it a breeze to control your pipe clamps during a glue-up.
|Weekend Project: Coat and Hat Hanger|
From the time you leave the lumberyard 'til the last coat of finish dries, this handy coat and hat hanger won't take more than a weekend to complete. Make it hold as many hats and coats as you please by simply adding more slats and spacers and lengthening the back and tubing.
|Dust-collecting Tool Stand|
Outfitted with a low-dough dust-collection blower, this simple but sturdy glued-and-screwed plywood tool stand stops sawdust—from big chips to microscopic airborne particles—in its tracks. Nearly all of the debris settles in the cart's large drawer for convenient disposal; the airborne stuff gets trapped in the filters or settles in its small drawer after passing through the blower.
As easy on the eyes as it is on your wallet, this traditional bed uses inexpensive lumber along with an easy stain process to achieve a rich look at a low price. We sized the bed to accommodate a queen-sized (60x80") mattress and box springs. This bed is the first piece in a five-piece traditional bedroom set. Subsequent issues feature plans for a nightstand and matching dresser, a lingerie chest, and a blanket chest.
Keep beverages, snacks, and the remote nearby on this easy-to-build server while you take in the big game or your favorite show.
|Raised Planter Box|
Add interest to your landscaping by elevating a few plants, and make it easy to tend them without bending over. Our raised box planter uses easy-to-find cedar deck boards and 4x4s (but redwood or cypress would work, too). Line it with landscape fabric and fill it with dirt, or drop in containers to display your favorite flowers.
With pressure-treated 4x6 beams and a 6x6 post, this mailbox is both sturdy and long-lasting. Another strength: It provides the opportunity to try your hand at several time-honored timber framing techniques that might have you considering a barn as your next project.
|TOOLS & TECHNIQUES|
|Protect Yourself with a Shop Inventory|
If you lost your shop or its contents to a calamity—a natural disaster like Hurricanes Sandy or Katrina, a fire, or burglary—could you put together a complete list of your tools and supplies from memory after the fact? Having a digital record of your shop's contents makes it easier to work with your insurance company. We show you how to document your shop for a worst-case scenario.
|Simple and Strong: Loose-tenon Joinery|
Also known as floating tenons, this joinery method features a piece of wood—the tenon—inserted into matching mortises. Just as strong as a joint made with integral tenons, loose-tenon joinery trumps traditional mortise-and-tenon construction in several ways. We make the case (and a jig) for loose-tenon joinery.
|SHOP TEST: Dust Collectors|
As your collection of woodworking machines grows, so does the amount of sawdust you create, and with it, the nuisance of rolling a portable dust collector from machine to machine. Stepping up to a dust collector that services your entire shop through a system of fixed ductwork saves you that hassle, keeps your shop cleaner, and, with good filtration, reduces the amount of airborne dust that can damage your health. But what type of collector and which models do the job best? To find out, we tested a variety of machines capable of handling a full-shop duct system.
Three top drill/countersink sets, lightweight circular saw, and more.
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