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  • The Well-Clamped Work Table

    When you make a table for a portable workbench with a clamping top, bevel the edges of the auxillary table’s cleats at 10 degrees.

  • Far-Reaching Stop Block

    Slide a stop block on the rod between pairs of washers and Wing-Nuts, and use it to cut a number of boards to the same length.

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  • No-Slide Workbench

    Cut strips of router or carpet pad and stick them on the bottom of workbench legs with double-faced tape. Now your workbench won’t slide around.

  • Store Spray Paint in a Wine Box

    Wine boxes are great for storing spray paint. The interior dividers are sized just right for the narrow cans, and the colorful lids of the spray…

  • Band Saw Dust Port

    Hook the dust collector hose to a reducer mounted on a band saw’s lower cover to collect dust and make clean up easier in the shop.

  • Self-Clamping Featherboard

    Here’s a featherboard that locks into your table saw’s miter slot so you don’t have to fumble with clamps to hold it in place.

  • Easy-to-Find Drill-Driver Bits

    You know you have the right-size driver head, spade bit, socket driver, bit extension or Vix bit—but where? Now you can work more e-fish-ently…

  • Farewell, Planer Snipe

    A “snipe” is a long, shallow trough that gets carved into boards an inch or two from the trailing end just before a board exits a thickness…

  • ‘Clamping’ With Clay

    Check out a cushy way to make glue repairs on small or delicate objects without having to hold them together by hand until the glue dries.

  • 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 fence in the way. But where do you put it?

  • Scrap Hole for Your Miter Saw

    If you keep your miter saw on a workbench, cut a hole in the top next to the saw. Every time you have a chunk of waste, drop it through the…

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