Extend the life of your shop vac filter with this trick
Now that I have started wood turning, my shop vacuum gets a lot of work. I stopped using filter bags since they quickly fill with the large volume of chips and other wood debris, and instead I use a pleated filter. However, the filter can get plugged, reducing efficiency of the vacuum. I solved this problem by placing a large sheet of window screen fabric between the tank and the top part, which includes the filter. Now, dust and chips enter below the screen and won’t clog the filter. — Bill Wells
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How to Make a Wooden Chopping Board and Serving Tray
Cool Wood Projects: Shoe Storage Booster StoolBuild this handy stool in one hour and park it in your closet. You can also use it as a step to reach the high shelf. How to make storage shelves: All you need is a 4 x 4-ft. sheet of 3/4-in. plywood, wood glue and a handful of 8d finish nails. Cut the plywood pieces according to the illustration. Spread wood glue on the joints, then nail them together with 8d finish nails. First nail through the sides into the back. Then nail through the top into the sides and back. Finally, mark the location of the two shelves and nail through the sides into the shelves. Don't have floor space to spare? Build these super simple wall-mounted shoe organizers instead!
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Wood Craft Projects: Build a Shoe OrganizerStore shoes up off the floor in clean, natural wood racks. This simple storage system can handle everything from winter boots to summer sandals, with no mud buildup or scuff marks on the wall. Build one to share or one for each member of the family! Find complete how-to instructions here. For wet shoes and boots, we recommend this attractive, simple-to-make tray.
Cool Projects to Build: Build a Wooden Bench for LessNeed outdoor seating in a hurry? This simple bench, based on author and ecologist Aldo Leopold's classic design, can be constructed in a couple of hours, even if you are a novice woodworker. All it takes is two boards and 18 screws, for a cost of less than $25. You'll find the simple how-to instructions here. Have you ever wondered if you can stain pressure-treated wood? The answer is, yes. Here's how!
Cool Things to Make Out of Wood: How to Build a Small BenchGive your back and knees a break with this portable, easy-to-build seat/step stool/tool box/work surface. It only takes a couple of hours to build and you'll find dozens of uses for it. Check out the easy-to-follow instructions here. If you're looking for a small bench/step stool that's a little cuter than this one, here's one for you to consider.
Cool Things to Make Out of Wood: How to Make Magazine Storage ContainersNeed a good way to archive magazines? Build these simple wood storage bins and have all of your favorites at your fingertips instead of lost in a towering pile. You can build four bins from one 2 x 4-ft. sheet of 1/4-in. plywood and two 6-ft.-long 1x4s. And cutting the wood is easy with a jigsaw or band saw.
Wood Craft Projects: Create a Sleek and Simple Coat Rack and Hat RackClear up entryway clutter with a simple coat and hat rack that you can build in about an hour from a 6 ft. 1x4 and coat hooks. You just cut the boards to fit your space, paint them, outfit them with different kinds of hooks to suit your needs and then screw them to the wall. Check out the detailed how-to instructions here. You'll find hooks in a tremendous range of styles, colors and prices at hardware stores and online retailers. For inspiration, check out these clever and unusual coat hooks.
Cool Projects to Build: Season's Greetings Spice RackThis spice rack will keep your favorite 18 seasonings on ready alert. It's quick and fun to make and, using our dimensions, will fit inside a standard kitchen cabinet. You'll need:
- an 11-1/2- and a 7-1/4-in.-dia. wood disc
- 9-in. lazy Susan hardware
- four 1-5/8- x 5/8-in. dowels for legs
- one 5-1/4-in. x 5/8-in. dowel handle
- a 1-7/8-in. Forstner drill bit
- a 5/8-in. spade or brad point drill bit
- a 1-1/2-in. wood ball or other knob.