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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  • Magnificent Magnets

    Buy a handful of inexpensive, super-strong “rare-earth” magnets in varying diameters to store accessories on stationary power tools.

  • Folded Sanding Pad

    Best power sander in your shop? A quarter sheet of sandpaper and your bare 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.

  • Right-Angled Cuts on Pipes

    Scratching your head over how to mark a cutting line all the way around a cylindrical workpiece? No problem with this awesome tip.

  • Measure and Mix on the Cheap

    Need small containers for mixing and dispensing stain, paint and epoxy? Save and reuse Jell-O and Crystal Light plastic cups.

  • Chip-Swallowing Router Fence

    This made-from-scraps router fence—along with your shop vacuum— collects wood chips while you work.

  • Dial-a-Curve

    All you need to trace an exact arc is a thin strip of metal, a threaded rod and a couple of wing nuts and washers.

  • High-Rolling Spray Booth

    Seal off paint or dust particles in your shop with this low-cost roll-down shield.

  • Accurate Angles for Saws

    For precise cuts, don’t trust the sloppy angle gauge that’s supplied with your table saw. Instead, use an 8-in. adjustable drafting triangle.

  • Multi-Skilled Skewers

    Pick up a pack of wood skewers ($2 at a grocery store) for barbecuing and keep them handy in your shop.

  • Hardware Honeycomb

    Looking for the right fastener will be like a bee going to nectar with this multipocket storage bucket.

  • Scroll Saw Tip: Cut Without Burning

    When you’re sawing thicker hardwood like maple and cherry, press packaging tape over the workpiece before you apply the pattern.

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