Workshop ideas to create a well-organized workshop with plenty of storage space and workspace for all your do-it-yourself projects.

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  • Belt Sander Sanding Block

    A long sanding block built to receive belt sander belts is a nice shop accessory. And you’ll use it more often than you think.

  • Pointy-Tool Pincushion

    Store router bits, drill bits, screwdrivers, awls, pencils, Allen wrenches and hole saws in a hunk of 1-1/2-in.-thick rigid foam insulation.

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  • Universal Outfeed Support

    Need a hand to support jumbo workpieces at the table saw, drill press, band saw, router table or planer? Check out this universal outfeed…

  • No-Clean Varnish Brushes

    If you do a lot of polyurethane finish work, here’s how to avoid cleaning your brush after every application.

  • Paper Cups for the Workbench

    Mix epoxy, measure liquids for finishes, hold glue, keep track of parts from disassemblies and hold paint for touchup jobs.

  • Floor Lamp for the Shop

    This lightweight, height-adjustable pole lamp will instantly illuminate every tool or project in your shop.

  • Oil Bottle Hardware Tote

    Here’s a fun little project to keep your screws, nails, nuts and electrical whatsits handy and neatly organized.

  • Sandwich Sheet Metal Sawing

    Ever gouged up your hand while plowing through sheet metal with a pair of snips? Next time, try this plywood sandwich sheet metal sawing trick.

  • Flashing Shield for Sanding

    Your vibrating or random orbital sander can dig some nasty scratches or dents with the sander body and the sandpaper on adjoining surfaces.

  • Easy-to-Read Wrenches

    Wrap each wrench with a couple of layers of bright-colored tape, then write its dimensions on the tape with a permanent marker.

  • Clothespin Scriber

    Here’s a great way to scribe lines when you’re fitting countertops, cabinets and built-in furniture against irregular walls. Tape a pencil to a…

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