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Tips & Techniques4

Heavy-Duty Workbench6

The cornerstone of every shop is a solid bench. And they don't come more solid than this one. Its traditional design is improved with modern materials that help ensure the top will stay flat.

  • Page 7: Materials, Supplies
    Quantity of piece C (Lower End Rails) should be 2, not 4 as printed.
  • Page 7: Cutting Diagram
    Cutting diagram for pieces F, I, M, T, and V indicates board width of 7 1/4" but it should be 9 1/4".
  • Page 12: Figure 11, detail a
    Two incorrect measurements. 1. From lower left corner of top view, distance up to first drill hole printed as 1 1/2" but should be 3". 2. Distance from lower left corner over to first hole shown as 2" but should be 3 1/2".

Workbench Accessories13

Sometimes it seems you need a third (or even fourth) hand when you're working on a project. These three little items earn their keep by holding your work in place on the bench top.

Workbench Storage14

The space below the top of the workbench is the perfect place to put your tools. Choose from several storage options, including a drawer-and-door unit that slides into the base of the workbench.

Shop Notes20

Hall Mirror & Coat Rack22

The simple beauty of this rack is obvious. And so is its purpose. But what you don't see at first is that the hooks slide from side to side to make room for bulky coats or bags.

Finish information: We stained the piece with General Finishes Walnut Stain and finished it with two coats of General Finishes "One-Step".

Fast Fixes28

No matter how careful you are, it seems inevitable that a project gets bumped or banged -- don't worry. We'll show you some tips to take the sting out of those dents and dings.

Craftsman-Style Table Lamp30

When building this lamp, you'll use a common dovetail bit that makes quick work of cutting the joinery. With a minimum of time and material, you'll have a project that really shines.

Final Details36