Overhead organizer keeps your dowels rounded up
I've tried various types of storage for dowels, but never was satisfied. Finally, I took some 4" plastic pipe left over from my dust-collection system and cut several pieces into 2"-long rings. Using [fraction "3" "4"]" sheet-metal screws, I fastened the rings to 2"-wide slats long enough to span a few ceiling joists. I screwed the boards to the joists, as shown below, spaced so that they hold dowels of 2', 3', and 4' lengths. A label on the bottom of the first ring in each rank tells me…
Readers Best Lumber Racks
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.
How to restore hand planes
Most of us have one or more old bench planes sitting on shelves gathering everything but sawdust. Recently, WOOD's hand-tool expert John Olson took it upon himself to rehab one such plane—a turn-of-the-century knock-off of a Stanley No. 5 jack plane. Its design makes a nice compromise between a smoother and a jointer, and a great starter bench plane. And the No. 5 remains one of the best-selling models in history, making parts easy to find.
Free Construction-grade Mobile Crane Woodworking Plan
Junior operating engineers will enjoy doing the heavy lifting with this fully operational construction toy. The hand-operated hoists raise and lower the boom and bucket, and the tower assembly pivots smoothly on a ball-bearing lazy Susan to easily pick up and place loads. The wide-track chassis features eight sets of dual wheels for sure-footed mobility.
Every good bench vise deserves a dog
I liked your Shop Tip in WOOD® magazine issue 152 about making a movable jaw face to add function to a dogless vise. However, my method is faster to set up and more versatile.