There’s something about a glass of fine wine that evokes visions of France. So when I was asked to design a server to store 24 bottles, my decision to create a piece that resembled a well-loved French antique was a no-brainer. As you’ll see, this piece combines form and function. Featuring special moldings for storing glasses and a drawer for wine-related accessories, this server is sure to be a hit with the wine connoisseurs in your social life.
Perhaps the quickest way to junk up a shop is to dump boards and sheet goods—both full-length pieces and offcuts—into corners, in piles on the floor, or sundry other places. Rather than waste precious shop time looking for that piece of oak you set aside, get organized with this accommodating storage rack. Use it to hold sheet goods, full-length boards, even dowels and shorts. It consists of ledges for stacking sheets (and easily sorting through them), removable pipes for standing boards on end or suspending them horizontally, and shelves for an assortment of other materials. Six casters underneath let you easily roll the cart around the shop to machining locations or to help with cleanup.
The Schoolhouse Regulator Clock is an icon of American design that looks every bit as good hanging in your home as it does in a learning institution. To make quick and accurate work cutting part angles, we designed a set of accurate and easy-to-build mitering and splining jigs. You’ll find these plenty useful for dozens of other projects once you’ve built the clock and put it into service.
When we first work with wood, taking on a small project here and there and buying a power tool or two, addressing the mess of sawdust and chips with a broom and dustpan seems reasonable enough…and cheap. But as our passion grows and the projects become more frequent and involved, our investment in machines increases as well. And so does the sawdust. That’s when we cough up the bucks for one or more portable shop vacuums to help police the area.
Like kitchens, a good home workshop requires plenty of cabinet and counter space. Shop cabinets not only help keep you organized, but also keep tools, accessories, and supplies safe and dust-free until needed.Ideally, workshop cabinets must be rugged, adaptable, and not complicated (or expensive) to build.
To complement the base and wall cabinets in our workshop and to provide easy access to the hand tools we use most, we designed this perforated hardboard tool storage system to help you stay organized. The system consists of a framed hanging tool board (make as many as you like to the overall dimensions you need) and eight specialized tool holders made from scrap maple and perforated hardboard.
Even if the process itself isn’t intimidating, the prospect of a slew of drawers will convince even die-hard handtoolers to put down the saw and pick up their favorite router. And why not? Hand-cut dovetails may be the hallmark of fine craftsmanship, but they’re also a lot of work. Most router-cut dovetails aren’t as attractive, but the speed and simplicity of the jig-cut joint balances out the aesthetic shortcomings.