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Saying Goodbye to my Old Tool Cabinet

This post won’t be about me losing an old shop friend; a fixture which has been in my workshop since 1990. All the way back to the early years of my woodworking life. Now that I have my new tool cabinet tucked under my basement stairs and the even newer tool cabinet tucked under the top of my new workbench, it is time for me to get rid of something old – my original tool cabinet. This tool cabinet is a reminder of where I started but the new cabinets I’m using are soooo much better. Once setting up shop in our current home, I quickly realized I needed a better way to store my growing tool collection. I spotted this tool cabinet in the pages of a woodworking magazine and immediately set out to build it. A year or more ago, I completed an extensive search of the internet hoping to find the cabinet’s original construction plan. I was confident it came from the pages of ShopNotes magazine or Woodsmith magazine. Sadly, after several …

My Table Saw Roller Stand

Every now and then, someone will shoot me a question about the roller stand which I use as an out-feed table. I built it a loooong time ago, after seeing one in the August, 1990 issue of Woodsmith magazine. If you don’t have some sort of out-feed support for your table saw then you know that keeping boards from falling to the floor can be a problem. More importantly, holding a piece of lumber while the blade stops spinning is a safety concern. The need for adequate support after the cut is critical. I chose this design because it provides the needed adjustable parts and was easy to build. The magazine article focused on a narrow option for the roller stand, but I chose the wide roller stand option and ordered their kit. The kit provided all the non-wood parts needed to build the stand. I found a scanned copy of issue #70 of Woodsmith online; as you can see from the exploded view above, the designer of the roller stand utilized basic joinery techniques …