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I have to admit that I'm not one who makes a lot of jigs. Rather than spend a lot of time out of a project making them I've found it to be much more convenient to buy the jigs I need. I've still managed to make some projects for the shop. Most of my shop projects are related to storage and holding things.
Sanding Block Tote
This is the tote I made for my sanding blocks. I've found it to be a very handy addition to my workshop. The metal ends are from Lee Valley Tools and all the wood I supplied. The major wood parts are figured oak plywood, maple and walnut. All the wood used were offcuts and scrap I had hanging around the shop. Go to my YouTube channel for a video on this project as well as one on the sanding blocks. YouTube Channel Link.
I just completed my outfeed table for my SawStop. This is a much needed project that will eventually provide storage as well as a place for long boards to go after they are cut on the table saw.
This outfeed table was based on a design by Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer. Mark gives credit for some of the basic construction of his outfeed table to Norm Abram from the New Yankee Workshop. Marc's instructional video can be found on his website.
Marc also made another version of this outfeed table when he made a change in his shop. That table can also be seen on his website.
There are also a lot photos of different versions that people have sent into Marc on the website.
I deviated from Marc's design quite a bit. Instead of using plywood for the legs I used some 4/4 red oak boards that I had sitting on my lumber rack. I've also made the sides solid plywood and left out the bottom shelf. Eventually I plan to have a mobile cart with drawers that rolls under my outfeed table. I need the extra storage. By putting the cabinet on castors I'll also have access to the back of the table saw where the dust collection pips is and the electrical plugs and cords that are behind the table saw.
When I designed my workshop/garage building I wanted the workshop to be on the wall facing the wonderful view we have from our home. To take advantage of that view I designed a row of three windows on that end of the building. The windows had some empty space between them so I'm turning those spaces into a place to hang some of my frequently used tools.
One of the projects I've been working on is some tool holders between the windows of the shop. These are tools that I have been using a lot or will in the future once my workbench is built. It will go just below these windows.
The tool holders are all made from hardwood scrap. I decide which tool is next and then look for the wood to make the holder. I documented making one of these in my video on making the holder for my tac hammer.
I'm still not even close to adding all my tools. In addition to these French cleats I have plans to make some tool holders that will go over the windows. My plan is to make frames with French cleats goung across the windows. They will be hinged on one side so that I can swing them out to reach the windows. They will hold some of my larger hand tools, especially my saws.
I've already found this tool wall be be a great asset to my shop. My tools have a place and i'm very careful to make sure that they go back where they belong.
Starting with the upper left section (top photo) I have my marking gauges, awl, bevel guide, framer's triangle and a handy measuring rule that I'll make a video on sometime. Then below those (middle photo) I have some squares, my Veritas saddle square that I've made a video on, my Kings Fine Woodworking mini Thor's hammer and a set of Narex square drive screwdrivers. The other photo (bottom photo) shows my tac hammer, two different types of scissors which I plan to show in a future video, my Verutas flush cut saw, a hammer with nail set and one of those tools that's designed to open paint cans. I still have a little space in one French cleat in this photo and two more above it. I'll make tools for those spots when I get a chance.
Spring Clamp Rack
COMING SOON I just finished making a couple of racks for my spring clamps. Here is s sneak peek of one rack that I made for the Rockler Bandy Clamps. The clamps are on a piece that is removable from the wall so that they can be taken over to a workspace in the shop. More photos to come.
I'm almost done recording with the process of making a second one. It's for my regular spring clamps. The video should be out by early next week.