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This workbench is easy to build, but built to withstand heavy use. Plus, it offers a versatile benchtop, thanks to a Universal Clamp Trak Kit from Kreg that’s mounted along the front and one end. Combined with a couple of Kreg Bench Clamps, this makes a slick setup for holding pieces while you work. Get the free DIY plans at buildsomething.com
A cutting diagram provides a visual guide to the parts list. For plans that use softwood or dimensional lumber, nominal board dimensions for each board will be shown. For hardwood lumber, which is often sold in random widths and lengths, the important number to look at is the board feet. It’s the minimum amount of rough lumber you’ll need to build the project.
Top 10 Woodworking Tips-When crosscutting on a table sawl,set the cut length with a block clamped to the fence. Don't ever use the fence directly to avoid getting a board kickeed back at you. Clampe a block of wood to the fence before the blade, the the end will be free of the fence during and after the cut.
When using a brush-on or wipe-on finish, you’ll want gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. Nitrile gloves are more expensive than vinyl or latex, but don’t tear as easily. Also, they won’t disintegrate when exposed to most of the solvents used for thinning and cleanup of finishes. After opening a can of finish, use a clean stir stick – like a craft stick or tongue depressor – to mix the finish. They’re inexpensive, disposable, and you can cut the end flat to scrape solids off the bo...
Keep some clean, lint-free rags on hand in your shop. You can purchase cotton rags or use old T-shirts. They’re great for wiping on finishes and cleaning up spills. When applying finishes with a brush, be sure to pour the finish into a separate container to avoid contaminating it with dirt and dust. Small, wide-mouth jars or disposable plastic containers work well.