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Wall cleat system

Wall cleat system
Our modular wall system starts with clever cleats that are beveled at 45° along their top edge. Mounted securely to the walls, these cleats form the backbone of a versatile cabinet and accessory storage system. All the components interlock with the cleat making them easy to hang and a cinch to reconfigure. The storage components include: three styles of cabinets that share a common design, clamp racks, and a super-easy tool-storage board. With this setup, you'll have no excuse for not having a completely organized shop. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Workbench

Workbench
A top made of two layers of MDF banded with maple provides a generous workbench surface that can stand up to years of hard use. It's perched atop two basic cabinets (built with the leg option) that house loads of tools and shop supplies. This project appeared in the October 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The October 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Wall cabinet

Wall cabinet
Adding new tools or supplies to your workshop is always a good thing. But sometimes, finding a place to set up a tool or store more supplies means juggling the existing layout of wall cabinets or tool racks. With its interlocking hanging cleats this system transforms a major hassle into a minor task accomplished in minutes. In this project article, you'll learn how to build racks for bar and pipe clamps, a perforated hardboard panel for hanging hand tools, and wall cabinets with either clear acrylic or hardboard doors for see-through or covered-up storage. Featured in three handy sizes -- 12"-deep for general storage, 8"-deep for hardware, and 7"-deep for tools -- all the cabinets share identical construction details. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Tool-storage board

Tool-storage board
This perforated board-based project mounts securely on our 45° bevel wall-hung cleats. And, if you don't like where you've got it, simply slide it down the wall cleats, or move it to different wall altogether. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Clamp rack

Clamp rack
This clamp rack hangs on our 45° beveled wall-hung cleats. It's easily repositioned, so move it wherever you need to keep your clamps close at hand. And, we'll show you how to save time notching the horizontal member with a simple step-and repeat jig. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Mobile drawer cabinet

Mobile drawer cabinet
Inexpensive materials and basic joinery make for speedy construction of this hardworking shop cabinet. Even the drawers won't slow you down. With their special side/slide hardware, they practically build themselves. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Sanding center

Sanding center
Like all of the projects in Idea Shop 5, this one works to make maximum use of minimum space. It provides sturdy support for a couple of tools, offers ample storage, and rolls easily wherever you need it. Plus, this work center is easy to build. This project appeared in the November 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The November 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Lamp holder

Lamp holder
The Idea Shop 5 wall cleat system works great for supporting more than large cabinets and tool racks. This easy-to-build light support fits and locks onto the same cleat, and can be located near any number of machine operations. This project will appear in the May 2004 issue of WOOD magazine.

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Mitersaw station

Mitersaw station
Our mitersaw station with its big, sturdy tables and built-in fence system is a superb setup for making dead-on cuts. The design makes it easy to custom-fit the station to most any mitersaw, while the wall-cleat system makes it easy to mount. This project appeared in the December 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The December 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Flip-top work center

Flip-top work center
This cabinet forms the core of many Idea Shop 5 projects. Here, we've mounted two cabinets side by side and capped them with flip-tops to create a work surface one minute, a tool base the next. This project appeared in the October 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The October 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Tablesaw/routing center

Tablesaw/routing center
This do-it-all work center combines a table-mounted router and a contractor's tablesaw in one package. Both bases feature built-in storage, as well as dust-collection. Plus, the whole setup rolls easily around the shop. Both the saw and router table sit on modified versions of our "basic cabinet" (described, shown). This project appeared in the October 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The October 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

Mobile base

Mobile base
This simple-to-build rolling platform offers sturdy support under any tool. We'll show you how to size and build one, no matter what size you need. This project appeared in the October 2003 issue of WOOD magazine.

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The October 2003 issue of WOOD can purchased now from the WOOD Store.

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