Create a well-organized workshop with plenty of storage space and workspace for all your do-it-yourself projects.
Ken's Favorite Shop Tips
Looking for ways to work smarter in your woodshop? Family Handyman Editor in Chief Ken Collier has seen tips come and go over the decades. Here are 19 tips that stuck around.
Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:
Build a Table Saw Sled
Build these simple table saw sleds and make perfectly square cross cuts and flawless 45-degree miter cuts in both small and wide boards. You only need a 4x4 sheet of 1/2- or 3/4-in. plywood, particle board or MDF, some glue and a few hours time.
How to Loosen Nuts, Bolts and Screws
Use these time saving (and frustration saving!) tips to loosen stuck fasteners. They work on any fasteners in your home, automobiles and lawn mowers. So stop dealing with problem nuts, bolts and screws and make life easy on yourself with these time-tested tricks.
Tips for a Tidy Workshop
Use these simple tips to make your workshop work smarter, cleaner, more efficient and more comfortable. Most of these tips use materials you have on hand and take less than 10 minutes to implement.
Homemade Penetrating Oil
Modern rust penetrants work great, but if you’re all out and don’t want to make a trip to the hardware store, this homemade penetrating oil will do the trick.
Our compact garage workbench has an expanding top that folds out for extra work space and tucks away when not in use. It also has easy-to-assemble drawers and a shelf for convenient storage. And you can build this simple workbench in one day.
Small Workshop Storage Solutions
You don’t need a gigantic workshop to produce beautiful woodworking projects. You just need to use your existing space wisely. In this article, we’ll show how to squeeze the most space from a tiny shop. We’ll give you tips for storing tools and materials so they’re out of your way, organizing your shop so there’s more room to work, and building storage units that keep items off the floor so you’re not tripping over them. We’ll also show you how to build a dedicated shelf for your air compressor, fold-up worktables, ceiling drawers, pegboard shelving, overhead storage, a small fold-away table for a grinder and stackable stools that make great work surfaces.
Build this solid, roll-around, folding workbench in a day with simple hardware and only two sheets of plywood.
Hardware Bins Made from Muffin Tins
This inexpensive workshop storage solution is perfect for fasteners, electrical parts and small, miscellaneous doodads, and it takes up almost no space.