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Jul 29, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: Step 2 - Breaking it into Phases

Before Pic of WorkshopI'm finally re-vamping my cluttered, dark, dis-organized shop on a budget. Big projects need to be broken into manageable pieces. Here's the process I'm going through to make sure my budget shop upgrade comes together right.  
I've been thinking about my shop upgrades for a while now. I've sketched, measured, dreamed, and worried about it for years, and now that I'm actually starting the build it's time to break it into pieces manageable enough to get done without going bonkers.  My uncle told me a few months ago "make sure you design it for when you're in the middle of a project, not for when everything is all neat and tidy." That's

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Jul 24, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Must-Have Knives, Shears, and Cutting Blades for the Workshop

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

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When we think about tools that cut things in the workshop, we tend to focus on the big stuff: table saws, metal cut-off tools, or even a chainsaw. Or perhaps we think of tools designed for dedicated tasks: an angle grinder, or a jig saw. But, know what the two items I most regularly pull down off my pegboard, even more than a hammer? Whose little silhouettes remain most routinely bare and hooks unfilled?  

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Jul 23, 2015

Skill Builder: Getting Started with Google SketchUp for Woodworkers and Makers

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SketchUp is free, robust, and really helps to bring your projects to life. I stumbled through the basics for way too long, so here are a few steps to get you modeling faster.  

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Jul 17, 2015

How to: Modify an Inexpensive Tool Cart to Organize All Your Hand Tools

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My buddy and colleague Timothy spied this great video tutorial for turning this affordable three-level tool cart into a full-on organization system for all of your tools. 

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Jul 15, 2015

David's Shop Upgrade on a Budget: Step 1 – The Master Plan

Cluttered ShopI’ve been working in my shop several days a week for a few years now, and it shows. When it’s polished up, it’s useable, but the whole thing seems to unravel into chaos within minutes of starting a project. The main problem, as in most things in life, is a lack of organization. I tell my kids daily that “every toy has to have a home”, but I have a lot of orphan tools in my shop that simply occupy the nearest shelf.  

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Jul 10, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: The Best Woodworking Clamps for Big Jobs

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

Bessey Pipe ClampLast week we talked about the 5 essential small clamps every DIYer should own. The post was an overview of the various clamps we use on just about every project. Today, we're going to focus on which clamps we grab for the large glue-ups where holding pressure and stability are important for a flat and solid glue-joint.

As

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Jul 08, 2015

Make This: DIY Downdraft Sanding Table

Downdraft BoxIf you work with wood, you know how hard it is to keep the saw dust and wood chips in the shop, and not all over the rest of your life. This downdraft table helps capture that dust and keep it where it belongs.  

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Jul 07, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Protect Yo'Self - The Best Gear for Staying Safe in the Workshop

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

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My shop is a very useful place, it's full of tools to cut, shape, smooth and attach all manners of wood and metal together to create an endless line of projects. But with so many tools, come plenty of dangers. While these are not technically tools, and they're definitely not as fun as a big spinning sawblade, I consider them essential to the toolbox. I mean, name one other item you're going to use on every project. Not even a tape measure sees as much action as a pair of safety glasses.  

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Jun 30, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Workshop Needs a Great Oscillating Multi-Tool (and Which One to Buy)

 Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

created at: 06/30/2015

We've all heard: "I didn't know I needed it until I got it." It stands true for so many tools in my shop that streamline and tune up my jobs, but no tool has done more to make my life easier than the Oscillating Saw. Once you get your hands on one, I guarantee you'll agree.  

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Jun 11, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why You Definitely Need a Set of Metal Cutting Snips

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

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Sometimes you need to cut paper, sometimes you need to cut wood, and sometimes you need to cut metal. And when that occassion arises, you need a pair of snips. 

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May 08, 2015

Seriously Good Tips to Master Your Bandsaw

created at: 05/08/2015 Of all the "big" power tools, I think the bandsaw is my favorite. (I love you, too, router table.) It's the most creative of the bunch, and one of the more versatile, and with its relatively low speed and thin blade, it's among the least dangerous. 

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May 06, 2015

Shop Upgrade: Protect Your Workspace and Your Lungs with a DIY Dust Filter

Looking for a good way to upgrade the shop? Start with the nuisance dust that ends up coating everything (including your lungs). Here's a rundown on the ideas I'm looking at for taming that woodworking haze in my workshop.  

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Mar 09, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Needs a Seriously Awesome Broom and Dustpan

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day.  

created at: 03/09/2015Oh...the clean up. In some ways, it's the least exciting part of any project. But it's an essential step to any creative DIY project or home repair effort, and, once you embrace it, it becomes part of the making efforts. It gives you one more chance to sort through the wood chips and saw dust or demo detritus, a perfect way to end a day of creativity. 

Of course, let's not get too poetic. It's not really about the process of cleaning; it's about having a clean shop or garage or office or basement so that your workspace is ready for you to tackle something else. So, clean up should be fast, it should be efficient, and it should be effective. 

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Feb 06, 2015

How to: Make a Sturdy Pair of Folding Saw Horses

Saw horses are some of the oldest work holding and support systems, and they still do a great job, centuries later. But now that they compete for precious shop space with stationary power tools and lumber storage and modern workbenches, it can be hard to find floor space to keep a pair on hand.

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Answer: don't store them on the floor.    

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Jan 22, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors, Part I – The Tools

Raised Panel DoorsOne of the hallmarks of woodworking that just about everyone has come into contact with is the raised panel cabinet door. The solid construction, clean design, and intricate jointery are sometimes taken for granted; but for years I thought it was a skill just a bit out of my reach as a home woodworker. Turns out a few anchor tools and some awesome bits are all it takes to make doors worth bragging about.   

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Dec 02, 2014

How to: Sew a Simple Linen Apron

We've said it before, and we'll say it again - every man needs an apron. Especially this time of year, when you gotta keep all that gingerbread and egg nog of your nice holiday sweater.    

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Aug 15, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Custom Drill Bit Rack

created at: 08/15/2014

As any DIYer knows...the longer you've been making stuff, the more stuff you gather. But not just tools - all the accessories and add-ons that make tools into mutil-tasking, multi-purpose creative machines.

No tool represents that versatility like the drill/driver. And nothing else racks up extra parts: twist bits, brad-point bits, hole saws, Forstner bits, spade bits, hex drivers, sanding drums, and the like. There are a lot of things that work by being chucked in and spinning at 1000s of RPMs. 

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Apr 25, 2014

Make a Custom Spray Booth to Finish Projects Indoors

Spray paint and spray finishes can be a DIYers best friend, but if you don't have an outdoor space or the weather's not cooperating, it can be tough to get the solid, thick coats you're going for indoors.    

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Mar 26, 2014

How to: Make a Large DIY Worktable or Multi-User Desk

I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.    

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Aug 27, 2012

The American Craftsman Project

created at: 05/28/2013

The American Craftsman Project is a new series by Tadd Myers, dedicated to capturing, honoring, and celebrating the work, skills, and products created and built by true craftsmen and artisans.  

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