Tool Tips: The Editor's Favorites

Tried and true advice distilled from decades of experience

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Clamps
  • Extension cord
  • Orbital sander
  • Router
  • Shop vacuum
  • Tool belt
  • Table saw

You'll also need gloves, a miter gauge, a padded belt for your tool belt, extra vacuum hose and shop lights.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Sandpaper
  • 1/4-in. acrylic
  • Plywood and wood scraps
  • Small hinge