Shop Improvements


For over 30 years woodworkers have turned to "Fine Woodworking" magazine, not only for the wide variety of projects offered, but because the designs offer a level of refinement and sophistication not found in other magazine projects.
A signature feature of "Fine Woodworking" project articles is detailed exploded drawings. Some of these plans are works of art in themselves and reward careful study with insights into the basis of good design. For the many woodworkers who come from...

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For over 30 years woodworkers have turned to "Fine Woodworking" magazine, not only for the wide variety of projects offered, but because the designs offer a level of refinement and sophistication not found in other magazine projects.
A signature feature of "Fine Woodworking" project articles is detailed exploded drawings. Some of these plans are works of art in themselves and reward careful study with insights into the basis of good design. For the many woodworkers who come from engineering and other technical disciplines, these plans are worth the price of the book alone.
This book collects the workshop accessory and jigs articles that contain exploded drawings from the last 15 years of Fine Woodworking. It is organized by class of project (tool storage, workbenches, tablesaw accessories, etc.). The book contains approximately 60-65 projects. Because there is such a wide variety of project types and skill levels needed, it should appeal to a wide range of woodworkers. And building the projects could save any woodworker hundreds of dollars over purchasing a commercial accessory or jig for the same purpose.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588916
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Great Designs-Fine Woodworking Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 955,475
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Fine Woodworking has been publishing the best woodworking information for small shop woodworkers since 1975.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     3
Workstations and Shop Aids
Tilt-Top Shop Cart Handles Plywood   Fred Sotcher     4
Rolling Compound-Miter Saw Stand Saves Space   Charles Jacoby     6
Sawhorses for the Shop   Christian Becksvoort     8
Low Assembly Bench Puts Work at the Right Height   Bill Nyberg     14
Dovetailer's Bench and Carcase Press   Charles Durham Jr.     16
Assembly Cart Raises Work   Jerry H. Lyons     19
Shop Drafting Table Folds Away   Dwyane Intveld     20
Vacuum Hold-Down Table   Mike M. McCallum     24
A Downdraft Sanding Table   Peter Brown     26
Fold-Down Sanding Table Collects Dust   David DiRanna     28
Shooting Board   Ed Speas     30
Rolling Tool Cabinets Save Space   Bill Endress     31
Vertical Press Simplifies Glue-Ups   Jim Tolpin     34
Convertible Clamping Station   Dick McDonough     36
A Bench Built to Last   Mike Dunbar     40
Rock-Solid Plywood Bench   Cecil Braeden     44
Multipurpose Support Stand   John White     47
Hefty Workbench with all the Frills   Jon Leppo     48
Mobile Table Serves Many Needs   Jerry H. Lyons     53
Power-Tool Workbench   Lars Mikkelsen     54
The Essential Workbench   Lon Schleining     56
Heavy-Duty Bench with a Knockdown Base   Mike Dunbar     58
A Benchtop Bench   Jeff Miller     62
Clamping Table   Jerry H. Lyons     65
Versatile and Affordable Workbench   John White     66
Drilling Jigs and Fixtures
Sliding Drill Press Table for Mortising   Gary Rogowski     69
Auxiliary Drill Press Table   Roland Johnson     70
Adjustable End-Boring Jig for the Drill Press   Jeff Greef     72
Vertical Boring Jig for the Drill Press   Gary Rogowski     74
Tablesaw Jigs and Fixtures
Folding Extension Tables Save Space   Dwayne J. Intveld     75
Picture Framer's Miter Jig   Robert Hamon     78
Sliding Miter Gauge Fence Lends Accuracy   Tim Hanson     80
One-Stop Cutting Station   Ken Picou     82
Tablesaw Sled for Precision Crosscutting   Lon Schleining     84
Tablesaw Sled Cuts Box Joints   Lon Schleining     86
Tenoning Jig for The Tablesaw   Brad Schilling     89
Angled Tenons on the Tablesaw   William Krase     92
Dovetailing Sled for the Tablesaw   Jeff Miller     94
Tablesaw Jig Cuts Slip Joints   Frank Klausz     98
Shop-Built Roller Extension Table   Bob Gabor     100
Tablesaw Dovetial Jig   Mark Duginske     102
Shopmade Outfeed Table   Frank A. Vucolo     106
A Better Tapering Jig   Richard W. Beebe II     108
Bandsaw Jigs and Fixtures
Five Essential Bandsaw Jigs   Michael Fortune     112
Bandsaw Base Designed for Resawing   John White     118
Planer Jigs and Fixtures
Shopmade Planer Table   Andy Beasley     122
Infeed/Outfeed Table for a Portable Planer   Greg Colegrove     124
Adjustable Planer Sled Surfaces Warped Stock   Keith Rust     127
Router Jigs and Fixtures
Versatile Mortising Jig   Jeff Miller     130
Two Jigs for Routing Columns   Bill Ewing     132
Bench-Mounted Router Table Stores Easily   Paul Manning      134
Stow-Away Router Table   Jim Wright     136
Adjustable Router Jig Cuts Arches   Bill Ewing     138
A Jig for Cutting Curved and Tapered Reeds   John Van Buren     140
Micro-Adjustable Jig Speeds Tenoning   Patrick Warner     142
Router Fixture Takes on Angled Tenons   Edward Koizumi     145
End-Work Router Fixture for Tenons and More   Patrick Warner     148
Shop-built Horizontal Mortiser   John F. Matousek     150
Shopmade Slot Mortiser   Gregory Paolini     152
The Ultimate Router Table   John White     154
Shopmade Trimmer for Flush Cuts   Jim Siulinski     159
Horizontal Router Table   Ernie Conover     162
Five Smart Router Jigs   Yeung Chan     164
Compact Tool Makes Dadoes a Snap   Skip Lauderbaugh     167
Custom-Built Dovetail Jig   William H. Page     170
A Versatile Router Table   Kevin McLaughlin     172
Router Table Accessories   Patrick Warner     176
Smart Storage Solutions
Versatile Shop Storage Solutions   Joseph Beals     179
Wall Panels Organize Hand Tools   Jerry H. Lyons     183
Heirloom Tool Chest   Chris Gochnour     184
Tool Cabinet for a Workbench   Lon Schleining     188
An Inspired Tool Chest   Bill Crozier     190
Mobile Clamp Cart   David DiRanna     194
Stack and Store Lumber on the Same Rack   Chris Gochnour     196
A Machinist-Style Tool Chest   Ronald Young     198
Clamp Racks for Ceilings and Walls   Brook Duerr     200
A Clever Tool Case   Yeung Chan     202
Wall Rack for Clamps   John West     204
Fine Furniture For Tools   Steven Thomas Bunn     205
Lumber-Storage Solutions   Andy Beasley     208
A Dovetailed Tool Cabinet   Carl Dorsch     212
Index     214
Credits     217
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