woodworking jigs and shop made tools
Make these jigs and tools to turn your workshop into a safer and more efficient woodworking environment. Have fun!
Organize hardware with coffee cans
A sheet of waxed paper protects the base from getting covered with glue squeeze-out.Mitre clamping jig: When gluing up picture frames or mitred moulding pieces, I reach for some wedges and the mitre clamping jig. The jig is easy to make from scrap pieces. Simply screw a square block to one corner of a plywood base and add two straight strips to the opposite outer edges of the base.
That long level that's lying around makes a surprising fence for table saws, routers and router tables.
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Down-cutting spiral bits push down on the wood’s surface. The result is a clean, tear-out-free shearing cut. Down-cutting spiral bits work especially well for trimming or cutting through delicate veneers, melamine, laminates and highly figured woods.
If you don't have a circular saw cut the piece roughly with a jig saw or even hand saw and clean it up to a perfect factory-style edge with your router and a straight edge. I've even done it with butcher block counters! No wonder they say the router is the most versatile tool in the shop!
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Using a narrow 3.5" space this idea for a whiteboard for plans and measurements is a real space saver. On the cupboard below racks for saw blades and sandpaper or even past issues of Fine Woodworking. An idea that adapts well from kitchen tp workshop. The whiteboard could also be a pegboard.