A Better Way to Peel Carpet Tape
Issue: Issue 245
Separating the backing paper from double-sided tape can be hard to do, especially for those of us whose dexterity may have diminished over the years.
A Carver's One-Stop Strop Spot
Issue: Issue 239
The variously shaped profiles of my woodcarving chisel blades require a variety of strops, and I used to have to mount them one at a time in my lathe, switching from one to the next.
Ad Hoc Dust Collection
Issue: Issue 237
My portable contractor's saw came with no dust collection system. So I sealed up the cabinet with duct tape and then connected it to a dust collector.
Air Nailer Bumpers Eliminate Marring
Issue: Issue 241
Air-powered nailers are super handy tools, but sometimes their recoil can leave marring around the nail holes — an irritating problem when nailing workpieces that already have a finish applied to them.
Airless Spray Gun Storage
Issue: Issue 222
An airless spray gun is an expensive investment and needs special care for storage, to avoid freezing & damage from moisture, which can cause rust.
All-in-One Air Station
Issue: Issue 283
Even though my basement shop is small, my nailing tools and supplies were still scattered here and there all over the shop.
Aluminum Miter Slides
Issue: Issue 219.5
I was looking for a solution for making all my table saw jigs and sleds slide smoothly along the miter slots.
Angle Sanding Fence
Issue: Issue 199
Author(s): Bob Dickey
This drawing shows my simple and inexpensive idea for sanding angles on the disc sander.
Issue: Issue 201
Author(s): T.J. Ferrell
I strip a lot of furniture and have found table legs and small turned pieces a messy chore.
Arthritis Won't Stop This Woodworker!
Issue: Issue 247
I've been a custom woodworker on and off for 40 years and recently, arthritis in my hands has made it more difficult to get some shop tasks done.
Ball Field Blast Gate
Issue: Issue 276
The position of my radial arm saw and dust chute doesn't leave room for a blast gate
Issue: Issue 233
Broccoli stems are usually sold with large, flat rubber bands, which can be used in the shop to add grip to the two parts of a keyless chuck.
Band Saw Fence
Issue: Issue 277
This fence is nothing more than a big T-square made from hardwood scrap.
Band Saw Tension Release
Issue: Issue 225
It seems I'm not the only woodworker to find tensioning and releasing band saw blades a chore.
Barbecue Meets Band Saw
Issue: Issue 234
To trim workpieces that are too small to handle safely on the band saw, I made a simple parts holder by cutting the metal loops off the end of a pair of barbecue tongs and replacing them with wooden jaws.
Issue: Issue 203
Author(s): Bob Holzer
I wanted the "beaded" look for some oak cabinet doors but didn't have any molding planes or router bits.
Benchtop Tool Set-up Pads
Issue: Issue 248
If you're like me, you clamp or bolt your benchtop tools near the edge of the bench.
Issue: Issue 237
I've just discovered "cow magnets" and their usefulness around the shop.
Bridging a Gap for Better Clamping
Issue: Issue 244
A table saw makes a handy assembly and sanding table, but it's hard to clamp pieces along the front edge unless your rip fence rails are flush with the surface.
Brush Cleaning Canister
Issue: Issue 249
Here's a very easy way to keep your finishing brush suspended in a cleaning or thinning solution.
Issue: Issue 224
I use the small containers that come with my "Accuchek" diabetes test strips to keep track of my bushing for pen turning, etc.
Catching Stray Parts
Issue: Issue 239
When I'm building small projects, tiny parts that fall off the bench seem to get lost forever.