Idea Shop 3
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Idea Shop 3

The emphasis in this 12x16' basement shop was to squeeze in all the tools and machines needed for a complete workshop and still provide room to move around. Can you imagine how crowded the space would be if all the machines were on separate stands? The other challenge was to take care of the dust as quietly as possible.

1 Tablesaw Cabinet
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1 Tablesaw Cabinet

How many woodworkers do their woodworking in a basement shop? Plenty. But even if that's not where your shop is, you'll find all kinds of small-space solutions in the 12x16' room we call IDEA SHOP 3 that started appearing in issue 100, November 1997 of WOOD magazine. No doubt you'll want to adapt many of these projects and ideas to your home workshop. Click on the numbered items at right to take a tour and discover how we took a basement shop and outfitted it into the feature-filled shop shown here. At the end of each description, we've noted the issue that the particular project was featured in. And, many of these projects are now featured as downloads available through our WOOD Store. For projects that won't find their way into the magazine, no issue reference will appear.

For Additional Shops

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1. Tablesaw Cabinet 2. Sanding-Table Extension 3. Jointer Cabinet 4. Blade Guard With Vacuum Attachment 5. Mobile Tool Base

Centered in the middle of our shop is a 10'' tablesaw with a custom base (1), outfeed table and extension table (2) that doubles as a sanding table. Holes in the top of the extension/sanding table lead to an air-tight collection box fitted with a 4" dust-collection port. In addition, the tablesaw cabinet as well as the jointer cabinet (3) sit in our mobile tool bases (5). For small cleanup jobs, a portable shop vacuum fits nicely under the sanding-table extension. The tablesaw cabinet, outfeed table, and sanding extension table all appeared in issue 106, June 1998 of WOOD. The blade guard with vacuum attachment appeared in issue 107, August 1998.

For information on downloading these plans, click here.Issue 107, August 1998

 

2 Sanding-Table Extension

2 Sanding-Table Extension

1. Tablesaw Cabinet 2. Sanding-Table Extension 3. Jointer Cabinet 4. Blade Guard With Vacuum Attachment 5. Mobile Tool Base

Centered in the middle of our shop is a 10'' tablesaw with a custom base (1), outfeed table and extension table (2) that doubles as a sanding table. Holes in the top of the extension/sanding table lead to an air-tight collection box fitted with a 4" dust-collection port. Find the printable plan for this in our Woodworking Basics section (below). In addition, the tablesaw cabinet as well as the jointer cabinet (3) sit in our mobile tool bases (5). For small cleanup jobs, a portable show vacuum fits nicely under the sanding-table extension. The tablesaw cabinet, outfeed table, and sanding extension table all appeared in issue 106, June 1998 of WOOD. The blade guard with vacuum attachment appeared in issue 107, August 1998.

Woodworking Basics

 

3 Jointer Cabinet

3 Jointer Cabinet

1. Tablesaw Cabinet 2. Sanding-Table Extension 3. Jointer Cabinet 4. Blade Guard With Vacuum Attachment 5. Mobile Tool Base

Centered in the middle of our shop is a 10'' tablesaw with a custom base (1), outfeed table and extension table (2) that doubles as a sanding table. Holes in the top of the extension/sanding table lead to an air-tight collection box fitted with a 4" dust-collection port. In addition, the tablesaw cabinet as well as the jointer cabinet (3) sit in our mobile tool bases (5). For small cleanup jobs, a portable shop vacuum fits nicely under the sanding-table extension. The tablesaw cabinet, outfeed table, and sanding extension table all appeared in issue 106, June 1998 of WOOD. The blade guard with vacuum attachment appeared in issue 107, August 1998.


 

4 Blade Guard

4 Blade Guard

1. Tablesaw Cabinet 2. Sanding-Table Extension 3. Jointer Cabinet 4. Blade Guard With Vacuum Attachment 5. Mobile Tool Base

Centered in the middle of our shop is a 10'' tablesaw with a custom base (1), outfeed table and extension table (2) that doubles as a sanding table. Holes in the top of the extension/sanding table lead to an air-tight collection box fitted with a 4" dust-collection port. In addition, the tablesaw cabinet as well as the jointer cabinet (3) sit in our mobile tool bases (5). For small cleanup jobs, a portable shop vacuum fits nicely under the sanding-table extension. The tablesaw cabinet, outfeed table, and sanding extension table all appeared in issue 106, June 1998 of WOOD. The blade guard with vacuum attachment appeared in issue 107, August 1998. Also available in a downloadable plan.

Downloadable Plan

 

5 Mobile Tool Base

5 Mobile Tool Base

1. Tablesaw Cabinet 2. Sanding-Table Extension 3. Jointer Cabinet 4. Blade Guard With Vacuum Attachment 5. Mobile Tool Base


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Built of maple and heavy-duty fasteners for industrial strength, the mobile bases for each of the shop's woodworking machines have foot-operated locking mechanisms. The wooden lever uses a cam to rotate the stop against the casters. You'll find complete how-to instructions for building the bases in issue 100, November 1997. For information on downloading this plans, click below.


 

6 Multi-Functional Workbench

6 Multi-Functional Workbench

At the heart of any good shop lies a great workbench. With that in mind, we went all out to design the unit shown here. In issue 102, Winter 1997 we showed how to build the end cabinets, drawers, and laminated benchtop. In issue 103, February 1998 we added a pair of cabinets-one with a lift-up router table and another with a flip-over top that accommodates a benchtop power tool (see below). For information on downloading these plans, click below.

Shop Tool & Accessories Woodworking Plan

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7 Flip-Up Router Table

7 Flip-Up Router Table

In issue 102, we showed you how to make the end cabinets and the sturdy laminated top for the IDEA SHOP 3 workbench. Then, with the basics out of the way, we added a pair of cabinets--one with a pull-up router table and another with a flip-over top that accommodates a benchtop power tool in issue 103. To access a tool, simply open the cabinet doors, tap the foot pedal, pull up the table, and lock it in place. For information on downloading these plans, click below.

Lift-Up Router & Tool Table Plan Part 2

 

8 Flip-Up Scrollsaw

8 Flip-Up Scrollsaw

In issue 102, we showed you how to make the end cabinets and the sturdy laminated top for the IDEA SHOP 3 workbench. Then, with the basics out of the way, in issue 103 we added a pair of cabinets--one with a flip-up router table and another with a flip-over top that accommodates a benchtop power tool. To access a tool, simply open the cabinet doors, tap the foot pedal, pull up the table, and lock it in place. For the cabinet shown here with the flip-over top and scrollsaw, you'll also need to swivel it 180 degrees and then lock it in place. For information on downloading these plans, click below.

Lift-Up Router & Tool Table Plan Part 2

 

9 Drill Press

9 Drill Press

We expanded our benchtop drill press capabilities with this easy-to-make auxiliary table. A simple pedal mechanism, attached to the quill via a bike brake cable, levers, and a brass bar lets you raise and lower the quill and the attached sanding drum for oscillating sanding operations. Attach a vacuum hose to the hollow table for dust-free sanding. And, for regular drilling, just add a solid insert in the table. The drill-press table appeared in issue 96, April 1997.


 

10 Modular Wall Cabinet System
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10 Modular Wall Cabinet System

The smaller your shop, the smarter you have to be when laying it out to meet your needs. That's why for our 12x16' IDEA SHOP 3, we decided to go with a cabinet package that can be anything you want it to be. A bevel-ripped strip on the back of each cabinet allows them to be easily moved. A mating strip rides atop the perforated-hardboard wall panels. In issue 100, we show you how to customize the cabinets and backboard for your shop.

For information on downloading these plans, click here.

 

11 Perforated Hardboard & Stay-Put Tool Holders

11 Perforated Hardboard & Stay-Put Tool Holders

Wall-mounted perforated hardboard provides ideal tool storage -- as long as you can get the hanger "pegs" to stay put. Faced with that challenge, we designed a number of tool holders for IDEA SHOP 3 that attach firmly, but take only a minute or two to move to a new location on the pegboard. See issue 100 for details.


 

12 14" Bandsaw

12 14" Bandsaw

We outfitted IDEA SHOP 3 with a 14" bandsaw connected to our dust collection system and fitted into one of our mobile tool bases. See issue 100 for instructions on constructing the mobile base or access the downloadable plan by clicking below.


 

13 Cyclone Dust Collector

13 Cyclone Dust Collector

In designing and outfitting the IDEA SHOP 3 basement shop with a shop-built cyclone dust collector, Jan Hale Svec, assistant design editor, had several objectives in mind. He wanted a space-efficient unit with minimal noise, dust-free emission, low-cost construction, and convenience of use. Hopefully, you'll agree that Jan met all these criteria with this wall-hung dust collector, which cost under $375 ($439 if you add the remote switch). Issue 100 contains detailed instructions and drawings on making this unit. For information on downloading these plans, click below.


 

14 Pull-Down Storage Unit

14 Pull-Down Storage Unit

We even used one section of joist space to house a handy pull-down storage unit. Its balanced pulley system won't dump the contents. Sorry no downloadable plan available for this project.


 

15 36" Lathe & Cabinet

15 36" Lathe & Cabinet

We put lathe space to work by fitting the lathe cabinet with a flip-down wooden lid. The maple cover then performs as a cut-off table for the mitersaw at the right. Sorry, no plan exists for this project.


 

16 Wall Lumber Storage

16 Wall Lumber Storage

Simple metal brackets and supports provide for lumber storage above the lathe cabinet. Sorry, no plan exists for this project.


 

17 Mitersaw and Stand

17 Mitersaw and Stand

We supported our mitersaw on a stand that sits at the same height as the top of the closed lathe cabinet. This allows us to use the top of the lathe cabinet (when closed) as a support table when miter-cutting long stock. In the open position the lathe cabinet has a handy area for locating turning patterns. The area below the miter stand makes for a handy place to place our garbage/cut-off can. Sorry, no plan exists for this project.


 

18 Window-Mounted Exhaust Fan

18 Window-Mounted Exhaust Fan

We outfitted a window with a fan designed for dusty conditions. It doesn't block light and the window still opens. See issue 106, June 1998 for complete details and illustration on building this project. Also available as a printable plan in our Woodworking Basics section.


Before you inhale another lung full of sawdust, spend $3.95 to learn which air-filtration system is right for your shop. Downloadable Tool Reviews (below), now at WOOD ONLINE.


 

19 2-in-1 Tool Cabinet

19 2-in-1 Tool Cabinet

Space is a lot like clamps; you just never seem to have enough of either. But with this storage-conscious 2-in-1 tool cabinet, you can have two tools plus a spacious drawer in the amount of space usually dedicated to one tool. The swivel top that the tools attach to rotates 180 degrees and locks in place. This lets you quickly switch tools as needed. The cabinet appeared in issue 104, March 1998. For information on downloading this plan, click below.

Swivel-Topped Tool Cabinet Woodworking Plan

 

20 Additional Views

20 Additional Views

Looking into this corner of IDEA SHOP 3, you see the tablesaw and jointer with their custom base cabinets and mobile bases in the foreground. Directly behind them on the walls is a good view of our modular wall cabinet system.


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The multi-function workbench and modular wall cabinet system fill this corner of IDEA SHOP 3. In the foreground are the tablesaw and jointer with their custom base cabinets and mobile bases. Note the sanding-table extension on the tablesaw.


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The cyclone dust collector (far left), the 2-in-1 tool cabinet (second from the left), the lathe cabinet (center), and the mitersaw stand (far right) fill this wall in our compact shop.


 

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