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      Fence-Stradling Push Box

      This little three-sided, handled box keeps your fingers a lot safer when you rip boards on a table saw. And...


      Biscuit-Joining Workstation

      A table saw—with the blade retracted!—is the perfect spot for biscuit joining. The fence keeps the boards from sliding around...


      Two Great Drill Press Jigs

      Add an adjustable fence to a drill press to make it a lot handier for woodworking projects! A fence is...


      Table Saw Fence Sheath

      It’s a lot easier to crosscut boards on a table saw or use the surface as a workbench without the...


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      How to Set a Table Saw Ripping Scale

      In the video and description below, Travis shows you how to set a table saw ripping scale so you don't...


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      How to Cut Thin Material on a Table Saw

      Travis shows you how to cut thin material on a table saw with a simple jig. Check out the video...


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      How to Cut Narrow Strips on a Table Saw

      Do you need to cut several narrow strips of the same size? It's easy to do on a table saw,...


      Dust-Collectin’, Bit-Storin’ Router Fence

      This router fence makes things easy in the workshop with its dust-collecting abilities and bit storage capabilities. See how it...

      1-in. Stop Block for Multiple Cutoffs

      When you have to crosscut a whole pile of short pieces to the same length, clamp a specially dedicated block...


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      How to Wax Your Table Saw Top

      Keep your table saw shipshape with a good cleaning and a coat of paste wax. Travis explains how to do...


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      Never Use Just the Table Saw Fence to Crosscut Boards!

      Why is it unsafe to only use the fence as a guide for making crosscuts on a table saw? Check...


      No-Slide Miter Fence

      Reader Ed Dies has a smart idea: Press strips of stair tread safety tape on your table saw’s miter gauge...



      A Basement Root Cellar – Putting Up Below Ground

      A modern-day homesteader keeps garden crops fresh through winter using old-time techniques and a basement root cellar.


      12 Things You Can Do in the Garden Now

      The calendar might read winter but spring is just around the corner. Get your garden ready now with a few...


      Hinged Router Fence

      To make this pivoting router fence, just drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole in one end of your existing fence and...

      11 Ideas for Organizing Your Shed

      Looking for ways to clean up your garden shed mess? We've got the best projects for organizing your shed and...


      Reader Project: Pallet Shed for Storing Firewood

      I built this wood shed with slightly used pallets from a local beer distributor, all the same size. I started...


      Fine-Tuning with a Miter Saw

      When fine-tuning the length of boards with a miter saw, it helps to stick double-faced tape on the fence to...


      Snap-On Fence for Band Saw and Drill Press

      With a single one-handed bar clamp and a maple board (4 in. wide x 1-3/4 in. thick), you may have


      Tips for Tidy Outdoor Storage

      Wouldn't it be nice to have all of your gardening tools and supplies organized and in a handy location? Read...

      Reader Project: Storage Shed Built on Platform Deck

      Reader David Lee needed storage space, and a shed was the clear solution. What wasn’t clear was where to put it. His mountainside...


      Reader Project: Stone Shed

      Tim Caudill added a twist to the Streamlined Garden Shed from the July/Aug '08 issue of Family Handyman, and created...


      Garden Gloves to Dust Knickknacks

      For tiny trinkets with small parts, slip on a pair of soft gardening gloves. Then use your fingers to clean...


      16 Hand-Selected Reader Projects from The Family Handyman

      Ranging in size, difficulty and design, these 16 reader projects are as unique as the DIYers who built them.


      Greenhouse from the Salad Bar

      The next time you hit up a salad bar for lunch, save the plastic clamshell container. It can be reused...


      To-Go Coffee Cup to Water Plants

      A clean to-go coffee cup with a lid makes an excellent watering can. The hole in the lid is the...