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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  • Gluing Pedestal

    Ever scratched your head over how to position clamps on a project that requires clamping from all four sides? This gluing pedestal makes the job…

  • Box-Making Bit

    You can get good-looking joints on your boxes and drawers without taking a lifetime to cut them by hand.

  • 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.

  • Comfortable Shop Apron

    The string of a light-duty shop apron can really slice into your neck when you load up the apron with screws and tools. 

  • Homemade Edge Banding

    If you’re building a project from fir plywood and you need edge banding that’s an exact match, check out Sue Barlow’s revolutionary idea.

  • Sticks of a Thousand Uses

    Faithful reader Tammy McBride offers this great idea: Craft sticks (a.k.a. Popsicle sticks) and their larger cousins, tongue depressors

  • Brush-Cleaning Abode

    Don’t recycle all of your half-gallon plastic milk bottles. Save a couple for cleaning paint brushes. Cut out one side halfway down

  • Two-at-Once Edge Banding

    When gluing on solid wood edges, save time by clamping the edges for two boards at the same time, putting them face to face.

  • Finger-Saving Extension Nailer

    Here’s an oldie-but-goodie that’ll save your fingertips when you’re driving small brads or nails into awk-ward spots. Use sandpaper!

  • Grinder Gripper

    Here’s a neat way to free up your hands when using a rotary tool for sharpening and other delicate jobs.

  • Rock-Solid Featherboard

    The problem with most featherboards is that they’re nearly impossible to clamp so they stay put. But here’s an improved version.

  • Pegboard Cubbyholes

    A tool storage technique for all those slender tools and shop accessories. Cut short lengths of PVC pipe and slide them over pegboard hooks.

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