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Outfitting Your Woodworking Shop

Man's best friend in the shop: Bench Dogs

Used with a vise, bench dogs provide a fast and simple way to firmly hold a workpiece while providing unobstructed access to its surface. So when it comes time to sand, rout, mortise, or hand-plane a surface, you'll appreciate the zero-slip grip provided by a bench dog. When choosing the top dog for your bench, consider the following.



Got rust on your cast-iron machinery tops? Don't sweat it. Here's how to make them look new again.



Board hoarding can be eminently practical, as long as you can find those gems in your shop when you need them. Try these tips to help bring order to the chaos of your collection.



Put an end to dust migration from your shop to the house. Follow these simple strategies to keep your household cleaner and your workspace tidier.



If your shop feels uncomfortably cold in the winter or unbearably hot in the summer (or both), your smartest "tool" purchase might be a shop heater or air conditioner. We take a look at some of the details to consider, and our quick-read chart on slide X speeds you to a decision.



Ready-to-assemble components provide a great way to stretch your budget and get that workbench and slatwall you've always dreamed about.



If you have basic DIY skills and a few hand tools, you can save time and a wad of cash by purchasing ready-to-assemble cabinets for your garage.



When slatwall was introduced 40 years ago, it provided retailers the flexibility to quickly change their wall displays. Homeowners can now enjoy that benefit, too.



Experts agree that improved lighting should play a key role in every garage makeover.



What tools does a beginning woodworker need, and how should he or she acquire them? From a poll of WOODmagazine staff members, we assembled a basic tool kit.



Shop for garage flooring and you'll find a full range of floor products described as epoxy.



See the differences with these surefire workshop lighting strategies. (PDF download)



Self-adhesive vinyl flooring tile for garages has been available for only a couple of years, but it's already gaining converts.



In the garage, wall space equals storage space. Check out these creative systems for organizing your walls.



See if your shop has the power it needs for the woodworking you want to do.



15 ways to organize or improve your workshop drawers.



Get your creative juices flowing! Work with a neon artist to create a custom sign that will become the focal point of your man cave.



Many garage renovations begin with a primary goal to improve the bare concrete floor. Fortunately, there are several solutions available in a wide price range.



Gallery of wall organizer ideas.



Garages provide plenty of space to display collectibles from ball caps to original signs and pricey gas pumps. We rounded up photos of a few examples.



Don't take your power needs for granted, or you may starve your tools



For decades, slatwall systems have been darlings of retailers for their showrooms and shops. Today, the same product concept takes its place in home shops across the USA.



Join David for a session on how to create a hot wall in your garage.



Want to handle materials more easily? For these and many other problems, the solution just might be as simple as putting something on wheels.



Thinking about adding an extension to a tablesaw or other machine in your shop? If so, let us show you how to align it to perfection.



Card scrapers clean up a workpiece like no other tool, leaving a scratch-free, glassy-smooth surface ready for finishing.



Need help planning a new workshop? Or maybe you've got the urge to reorganize the one you have now. Either way, you've come to the right place.



Many homeowners look at the garage as the largest room of their house and ask:



See how reader George Roskopf of Pewaukee, Wis., used a pipe clamp to create an economical vise for his workbench.



How do we build jigs in the Wood Shop? Follow along as we show our secrets.



Clamps are a woodworkers best friend, but without proper organization in your shop, they can be something you spend more time working around than with.



It''s often the simple fixes that make a shop more enjoyable to work in. Here are some reader submitted tips for you to put to use.



Ready to set up a shop of your own? We mapped out three typical small-space shops, then came up with surefire strategies to beat the space squeeze.



Shopping for power-carving bits, you learn one thing quickly: They come in astonishing variety.



These three quick mounting methods for your small tools and accessories free up space on your workbench



Make your benchtop do double duty with this simple mounting--board system.



What was that jig for? With this easy system, you'll remember what project it's from and how it works.



Boards, boards, and more boards. The question is how to store them in the least amount of space, yet keep them easily accessible. Follow along as several woodworkers show you how they store their stock.



Solutions to creating sacrificial inserts that cover both cutting areas of the saw.



Garage renovations often begin with the goal of improving the appearance of a blah concrete floor. Lucky for you, good products abound at price points to fit most budgets.



Shop cabinets are ideal for dust-free storage.



Just as there's no such thing as too many clamps, there's no such thing as too many good ways to hang and organize them.



If your second home is your shop, make your time in it even more enjoyable with these handy shop tips.



Step by step demonstration on how to decorate your garage floor with epoxy.



As a frugal woodworker looking for ways to put pieces of scrap material to work, I designed this adjustable work support to provide a helping hand when working with long material at my mitersaw or drill press.



Few shop items hold as much raw potential as your workbench. Here's how to tap into its full usefulness with a trio of improvements.



Europeans have some pretty good ideas for moving equipment, too. Phil Bumbalough snagged this tow-bar idea after checking out how hefty Italian-made multi-tools easily roll cross shop floors. Now, Phil uses one tow bar to move six tools in his Illinois shop.



Drywall is a thing of the past for shop walls. Learn several more upgrades that take your shop from drab to dramatic.



The perfect workbench is the workbench that works best for you.



Don't know a burl from a bow, a jig from a collet? Here's a glossary of some woodworking terms guaranteed to help you sound like a pro.



 
 
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