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  1. upcycle wood trash can lid

    Don't you hate those plastic trash can lids cracking or one of mine blew away in the winter winds. So checking my assortment of 2×2 that I collected. I glued them into 2×4 strips about 4 feet long. These were easier to keep a few extra for other ideas. Then resawed them into 3/4 strips now...
  2. Retractable casters for shop tools

    My basement workshop doesn't have a lot of room, so I needed a way to move my bandsaw, jointer and planer around. These are what I came up with. The jointer was my 1st attempt, and I wish now that I'd have attached the frame to the legs - like I did the planer - rather than lifting from...
  3. The New Traditional Woodworker Project #1--Long overdue appliance: Let the edge planing begin!

    In a previous post, I blogged about crafting a 4' x 8' raised vegetable bed. One of the challenges of that project was getting the side boards to mate tightly enough to prevent soil from spilling out between them. That involved a lot of edge planing on 8' boards. Putting one end in a vice and...
  4. Against wall ceiling mounted wood rack

    So I had a very specific problem. I made some simple angled wall brackets (following Jay's design, see http://jayscustomcreations.com/2013/12/5-lumber-rack/) for storing some lumber, but when it came time to install the top row, I couldn't find any studs. Turns out the top 3 feet or so of...
  5. Another Shop Project..Clamp racks

    My garage is more organized now than it's ever been but I'm still working on it. This was my latest project. I originally had my pipe clamps mounted horizontally on the wall but it wasn't convenient so I found this pipe clamp rack idea. It's was so easy to make with a 2 X 4 and 1/2" steel rod...
  6. Tablesaw Stand for Vintage Craftsman Saw

    This saw lives at my dad's ranch now, but when it was in my shop, I couldn't have a stationary saw. I work in a 2-car garage, but my wife needs a place to park when I'm not working. So I made a mobile stand. This is it. (Except the second photo. That's a "before" picture.) I made it out of...
  7. Shop Project - Magnetic Tray for Drill Bit Storage

    I took some scrap plywood and rare earth magnets to make a magnetic tray for drill bits storage. The tray was 11 inches deep to fit in my cabinet. Quick tip, always use twice as many magnets as you think you need. Video
  8. Drill Charging Station

    This was one of my very first shop projects. The initial design was from Jay Bates Drill Charging Station. It grew from there and its sole purpose was to be a location for all of my Porter Cable 20v tools. It was fun to learn how to use pocket holes and some basic woodworking techniques. As my...
  9. Workbench

    If you squint real hard you can see a workbench underneath all that clutter. This is the first addition to the workshop that I every made. Before this I was using a steel bookshelf or a a couple saw horses and spare boards. I still sometimes revert to the saw horses and boards because I can...
  10. Quick and Dirty Clamp Rack

    I was sick of the way my clamps were being stored (basically they were all clamped down on a cleat on the wall) and finally decided do to something about it. I had a piece of 3/4" laminated particle board in the scrap pile, so I ripped it into two long pieces, cut 1/2" slots partway into one...
  11. Retrofitted Leg Vise

    My Christmas present to myself was to retrofit a leg vise onto my old bench. It is made up a beam of yellow pine out of the abbey church. The idea for the screw mechanism I picked up from Allen Finch in his article, "$20 Leg Vise," in the April/May 2011 issue of American Woodworker. More...
  12. Router Lift

    Bought the plans from Stumpy Nubs for the compact router lift. Took me some time to complete but it was a fun process. I took the advice of Combo Prof and upgraded the screw blocks to 3/4 in ply rather than 1/2 in. I bought a simple router plate insert and used hot glue to level it to my router...
  13. Clamp Rack/Saw till/Hand Tool Storage unit

    Hi I had stuff laying all around my shop so I decided to make this Clamp Rack/Saw till/Hand Tool Storage unit. The carcass is made from one 4×8 sheet of ¾ inch plywood. The base and center pieces are 2'x2' and the sides are 2'x6'. I had lots of scrap pieces of plywood around that I made the...
  14. DIY Mobile Lumber Cart | Plans from Woodworking for Mere Mortals

    My latest woodworking build: a mobile lumber cart! I followed plans from Woodworking for Mere Mortals. Steve Ramsey has a great build video for the project. You can check out the video on his YouTube channel. This lumber cart replaces a previous one that I built a few years ago. My old lumber...
  15. Yet Another Drill Press Cabinet

    Another basic drill press cabinet, like so many others have made. I have been meaning to make one for a while and finally got around to it. Birch plywood that was left over from another project, $40 worth of poplar for the drawers, and the handles were on clearance at Rockler for a buck a piece...
  16. Scrap Wood Storage Cart

    All woodworkers eventually have to deal with the scrap wood dilemma. Scraps come in handy on so many projects it's really in our best interest to keep them around which means we need a way to keep them organized. I decided to tackle this problem by building a scrap wood storage cart. It has...
  17. Table Saw Outfeed

    My first project of my quarantine. Table saw outfeed table for my Delta saw. 2 layers of 3/4" plywood sandwiching a sheet of 1/4". Over did it with the screws but I didn't want to glue the top sheet in case I need to replace it. The supports underneath are laminated 3/4" plywood mounted to the...
  18. Duct Collector

    When I started woodworking 5 years ago, in the basement of our old house, I knew dust collection was a must have. So I made a traffic cone cyclone. While building it I thought, I'll just buy a shop vac for the suction side, until I stumbled over my leaf blower. Built a filter box with the leaf...
  19. Simple 2 in 1 Crosscut Sled

    Check out my latest video, this is a super easy table saw sled that doubles as a crosscut and a miter cut sled. I used some scrap from around the shop and I have a Free plan available! Video - FREE plan - https://johnmalecki.com/product/crosscut-sled-plan/
  20. Tool/Small Parts/Clamps/ workshop cart

    Came up with this as a small parts tray storage, tool storage, clamp rack, etc. all-in-one-cart. The drawers holds my nail guns and other small items I want to keep out of the dust. Tool tower is "H" shaped and is on a lazy Susan bearing for quick access. Top of tool tower is a removable tray...
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