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Woodshop Storage Solutions

Woodshop Storage Solutions
by Ralph Laughton

Popular Woodworking Books: 2006
Paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-784-0

     Projects for the workshop serve the obvious purpose of increasing our woodworking efficiency, but they are also great skill-builders. All of Laughton's storage projects are intended to function in small spaces, as his own workshop is only twelve by eighteen feet. He utilizes mobile units on casters, wall-hung cabinets, and multiple-use surfaces such as a rolling outfeed table with a router recess cut in one end. It functions as an assembly table, a storage cabinet, an outfeed setup and a router table. He also designed a router trolley that stores multiple routers and accessories, rolls to wherever it is needed, and features a hollowed, ringed top that provides a place to set down a router with a protruding bit. He lays concrete into the base to give the unit a stable center of gravity.
     The author also shows how to build a computer station for the workshop and deal with the inevitable dust problems that involves. From simple tool totes and a sandpaper press, to a mobile table saw stand and drill press cabinet, from offcuts storage to a downdraft table, there are plenty of shop organizers shown here to help improve the home shop.
     Large, clear photographs and concise directions lead the reader through each of sixteen projects. Most are made of high quality MDF, with hardwood drawers or doors, and some have shop-made wheels. A router bit cabinet teaches fine cabinet work with dovetailed sides and a raised panel door. These projects are sure to make the woodshop a nicer place to work.

. . . Barb Siddiqui