Selected Shop Projects

Below, you'll find overviews of selected shop projects with links and photos.  If you find something you like, shoot me a note

Click on any of the pics for a better view.  Click on the links to see the project pages...

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Bench Appliances -- © S.C. Rogers A few bench appliances...

Workbench Appliances

Benches... a tool for holding boards to facilitate working their edges, faces, and ends.

Appliances make that SO much easier.  Look here for a few...

Bench on Bench -- © S.C. Rogers A Moxon vise, of a sort..."

Bench On Bench / Moxon Vise

This is what happens when one has some cutoffs from a bench build and discovers what it's like to cut and chop dovetails on a standard height woodworking bench. 

It's a mini bench that raises the work a few inches to aid in certain types of traditional work.  It's a great addition to the bench.

The bench at home -- © S.C. Rogers The Moxon vise is "on hold."

Roubo Workbench

It has been said that it's a right of passage for a woodworker to build a workbench.  And to paraphrase an old movie:  This is my bench.  There are many like it, but this one is mine.  My bench is my best friend.  It is my life.  I must master it as I must master my life.  My bench, without me, is useless.  Without my bench, I am useless..  Anyway...

It was a lot of work, but it was also a fun build.  And now, it's a lifetime tool.

Installing the table top -- © S.C. Rogers After three coats of BLO.  Ready for 20 more years of hard use.

Infeed/Outfeed, Assembly, Finishing Table v3.0

They say a workshop is "never done."  I'd like to think that one day I'll be happy with it.  As for the work tables, I'm beginning to think the old cliche is true. 

Version 1 had the benifit of being small on storage space, both when it was folded and put away, and when it was in use... It was only a table top.  Version 2 had plenty of room, but was inconveniently large.  It could also be used only as an infeed or outfeed table. 

Rev 3.0 fixes all of the problems with the first two versions, at least for my purposes.  They're mobile, rock solid, and offer plenty of storage.  It's actually two identical carts, half the size of the first two, but with the same footprint in the shop.  Since there are two of them, they can serve as infeed AND outfeed tables at the same time.  I think I'm done with them.

Wixey WR550 Install -- © S.C. Rogers Done and calibrated.  Yay repeatability!

Wixey WR550 Upgrade on a Powermatic 15HH

I love my planer.  Powermatic 15HH and it eats wood.  It goes through wood like a sharp Hock blade through warm butter!  If it has a character flaw though, I'm not overwhelmed by the height adjustment scale.  I have a few issues with it, but it was easy enough to fix...

Just add a Wixey WR550 remote planer gauge.  Now, I like it even better.

-- © S.C. Rogers

Tool Cabinet (coming soon)

New tools, old tools, antique tools... they all need a home.  I've inherited a few, picked up a few at antiques auctions, and bought a few along the way.  I wanted a place to put them, so it's time for a tool cabinet.  It's a hybrid of sorts.  There's a lower cabinet with several drawers and an upper cabinet that, with a French cleat, could easily be a wall hanging cabinet.  Anyway, hope you can get some ideas out of it.

Torsion Box

Torsion Box

Torsion boxes, also known as stressed skin panels, work on the same theory as a steel I-beam.  When a load is applied, the load's weight is radiated outward.  Considering their relatively low weight, they have incredible strength and can carry an impressive payload.  And, their strength is stable in all three planes.

I mainly use them in the shop as rolling platforms for pretty much everything.  However, because they can be made dead flat, they also make outstanding assembly tables.  Eventually, I'll make one for just such a purpose.

-- © S.C. Rogers

Blade Locker

At one time, I had planned to make a stand alone blade locker like this one to house the various blades and dado stack for my table saw and miter saw.  But, after I built the cabinet for my table saw, I put a sloped board in the saw dust cavity to help guide the saw dust toward the dust collector port in the back.  Works like a charm.  Ultimately, I had a little space left under the saw dust cavity and decided it would be a great spot for a drawer that would house the blades.  So, no blade locker.  If you need a stand alone, refer to the article above.  Sorry...

The full router table -- © S.C. Rogers This is actually the old cabinet with the new table top installed.  I liked the old cabinet, so I didn't need to reinvent that wheel.

Router Table

Another question that comes up from time to time is "Do I need a router table?"  Well, that depends; Do you have a router?  If not, I suspect you have no need for a router table.  If, on the other hand, you selected the "Duh, of course, I have a router.  Why else would I be reading this?" answer, then, YES, you need a router table!  Here's one...

The drill press table

Drill Press Table

Until very recently, drill presses were tools for metalsmiths, not woodworkers.  If yours is one of the older ones, here's an upgrade to gear it up for the good guys.

This drill press table features a large surface area, a wide, replaceable MDF insert under the bit, a bottom t-track for mounting it to the drill press, a rock solid, short fence to position your work, and top t-tracks to mount a couple of hold-downs.

The clamp cart

Mobile Clamp Cart

They say woodworkers never have enough clamps.  Truth is, it's true; woodworkers never have enough clamps.  And, if you get a few, they're heavy, bulky, and pain to store and get to the work...

Take your clamps to the work... and not just one or two at a time!  Get them all over there where you need them.

The scrap cutoff cart

Scrap/Cutoff Storage Cart

Got that little pile of scraps that you just can't bear to part with?  This little cart holds a heap of scraps and sorts them into various lengths.

The sheetgoods storage rack (version 1.0)

Sheet Goods Storage

Another bulk wood storage solution that works; I can run this thing out to the truck and load up sheet goods, and then roll it right back into the shop.  It doesn't really "tuck away" into a nice little corner.  Rather, it sits patiently by the lumber rack, and if it gets in the way, I just roll it out into the driveway.  Also, the space isn't infinite, but it'll hold enough for a couple of projects.

The lumber rack (version 1.0)

Lumber Storage Rack

Lumber storage is always a chore, but it can be wrangled in a little with a storage rack.  Build this one in a day and get the lumber pile under control.

Adjustable hight outfeed/assembly/paint table (version 1.0)

Adjustable outfeed/assembly/paint table (version 2.0)

Adjustable Outfeed/Assembly/Paint Table (version 1.0)

The original Adjustable Outfeed/Assembly/Paint Table featured legs that slide.  It could be height adjusted as an outfeed table or lowered for use as an assembly table. 

Adjustable Outfeed/Assembly/Paint Table (version 2.0)

An upgraded version of the Adjustable Outfeed/Assembly/Paint Table featured the same table top with a rolling cart for storage. 

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