How to's

Easy-to-Build Miter Stop

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This miter stop is super easy to build and will save you alot of money compared to those expensive miter stops for sale.  Put a t-track in the top of your miter saw fence and your are halfway there.  Birch was used for the miter stop itself.  The miter stop hinges at the back so it can be moved out of the way.

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Building Woodworking Clamp Storage

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A good way to store your clamps as well as many other ideas on shop storage.

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Building a Tool Rack (American Woodworker Magazine publication)

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American Woodworker magazine published this tool rack in the October/November 2006 issue.  It was designed by the owner of Woodshopbits.com and will fit most any tool as the holders are customized to fit each individual tool.  This is much better than the old pegboard style.  Made from poplar, this tool rack will be a great addition to your workshop. You can adapt it to hold your drill bits, saw blades, router bits or almost any handtool.

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Drilling Precisely Centered Holes in Wood

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Brad-point drill bits are the best drill bits for drilling accurately centered holes in woods. This is because it has a fine center point on the bit so it can be aligned on the exact point you want to drill your holes. V-point drill bits on the other hand commonly have a wide angle at the top of the tip (usually 118° or 135°) which makes it hard to align and stay on the center of your drill point. Also, V-point drill bits are more likely to wander while drilling. However, there is a technique in marking and drilling accurately...

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Space-Saving DIY Clamp Rack

Posted by David Pickard on

Build a space-saving DIY clamp rack which is convenient and easily to use.  The wood is poplar because of its straight grain resulting in very little warpage.  The clamps are pipe clamps but other similar type clamps could be used.  The tracks the clamps sit in are 3 boards glued and screwed together to form a "U".  You could cut the track in a piece of wood thicker than 3/4 inches using a dado blade or shaper cutter, also. This rack holds 10 clamps spaced 7 inches apart.  It folds against the wall when the bottom supports are folded in....

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