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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  • 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.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • 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…

  • Woodworker’s Tablecloth

    A vinyl tablecloth—any size—comes in handy for all kinds of woodworking jobs. Put it under boards you’re gluing together.

  • Hardware Lassos

    To keep your hardware neat and accessible, thread nuts, washers, sockets and other items on short pieces of 12- or 14- gauge electrical wire

  • Snip ‘N’ Grip Wire Cutters

    Prevent wire cut offs from flying around the shop with this creative tip with wire cutters and silicone. Save some time as well.

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