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Here are pictures of some jigs, and of the things I've done to make things easier around the shop. Click the Shop Tips button at the bottom of page to check out more Shop Tips, Jigs and Projects.
This is a "Third Hand" edge banding jig I built out of scraps. I needed something to help me when edge banding large pieces such as the Home Golf Center (see My Projects). The jig holds banding while I roll it out and iron it in place on the piece. I helps cut down on waste and keeps the roll of banding within reach so I can readjust the piece for the next edge.
This is a shop made tapering jig I made using plans from Shop Notes Magazine. It works great for making tapers on the table saw.
The picture on the left is a rack I found behind a grocery store. They were throwing it away. I hung it upside down from the rafters and it works great for holding my bar clamps. I have 36 bar clamps here ranging from 6" to 48" in length. You never know where you might something you can use, but you need to keep an open mind when you have a small shop and space is at a premium.
This is a picture of a couple of jigs I use for making dadoes w/router and for cutting angles on the table saw. Also a way to store spring clamps by just clamping them onto a small dowel rod that is suspended from the shelf brackets.
This is a picture of dowel rod storage made from old wrapping paper tubes. Works Great!!
This is a neat shop made project. It is a Hinged Arm that holds my Dremel Tool with a Flexible Shaft, that I use for small sanding, carving, or other detail work. It keeps the tool up off the workbench top and is hinged so I can swing it to either side of the workbench. I made this one out of scrape MDF and Pine. It is about 3 feet long and 5-1/2 in. at the widest point and tapers to about 1-1/2 in. at the narrow end. I cut holes about ever 4 inches to reduce the weight of the arm and they actually act as a holder for the flexible shaft when not in use.
Here is a shop made Saw Blade Caddie. Its great for organizing and storing your saw blades and dado set. Click here for FREE PLANS on making this handy saw blade caddie.
Here's a tip. If you have to cut off a panel that has unneven edges - try using some two-sided tape and attach you carpenter's square to one side making sure that it is square to the side. Then run the panel thru your table saw with your square against the fence.
Plywood Sheet Storage

This is a picture of a storage rack similar to what I have done in my shop. Especially the roll-out plywood sheet storage unit. I got the idea from an insert I got in
Woodsmith Magazine on shop ideas. The roll-out consists of 2 x 6 for the bottom and back, I sheet of 1/2" plywood cut in half, 1 for each side, some sturdy hinges to attach it to the frame support, and 2 swivel castors on the front and 1 on the back on the bottom for the 2 x 6 to allow the whole thing to be pulled out for easy access to either store or remove sheet goods.
Sheet Goods Mover from Kurt Maurer, League City, TX.

In my small home shop, handling heavy sheet goods is always an unpleasant challenge because the sheets must go outside when I'm working and back inside at night. To save time and my back, I hit on the idea of modifying a flat furniture dolly with a braced stand made from scrap pieces of lumber.

An 18" x 30" carpeted furniture dolly is available "off the shelf" at home centers for about $20, will carry up to 300 lbs, and the carpet protects the delicate edges of expensive plywood sheets. Just build the stand, as shown, and angle it back 510 degrees from plumb. The stand doesn't need to be terribly strong because the lion's share of the weight is transferred to the dolly.