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Seven Woodworking Plans for Your Wood Shop

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While power tools and woodworking machinery are the heart of the wood shop, there are a number of accessories that you can build to assist in building your woodworking projects. Each of the following sets of free woodworking plans are for items that are incredibly useful in the shop. From cabinets for storage to a portable shop table, each of these plans are thorough and include step-by-step instructions so you can build the items for use in your shop.

1. Basic Cabinets

Wall Cabinet
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No matter how you intend to use the cabinets, basic cabinet design is all based on the same common principles. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn the steps to building a set of wall cabinets for your garage or wood shop. These sturdy cabinets will store a considerable number of items, but the same basic design can be adapted easily for use in the kitchen, bath or wherever else you need cabinets.

2. Portable Shop Table

Portable Wood Shop Table
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A woodworker can never seem to have enough table space in the woodshop. This set of free woodworking plans can help solve the problem. This full-size portable workshop table can be rolled around the shop on built-in, retractable rollers, but the legs drop onto the floor to keep the table from moving when you're working on a project. These plans include step-by-step instructions so you can build your own portable shop table.

3. Ultimate Wood Sawhorses

Build the Ultimate Wooden Sawhorses
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Whether working inside in the woodshop, outside in the yard or on a job site, a sturdy set of sawhorses can be invaluable. In this set of free woodworking plans, you can learn how to build a very strong, durable and stackable set of heavy-duty wood sawhorses. This pair of sawhorses will support hundreds of pounds, whether you're using them as the basis for a table or to hold up a platform for a mini-scaffold. I've never found a stronger pair of sawhorses, and you can build them from a handful of 2x4s in about an hour.

4. Classic Wooden Toolbox

Classic Wooden Toolbox
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For many years, carpenters used variations of the classic wooden toolbox to carry their hand tools to and from the job site. This timeless classic is easy to build and requires no mechanical fasteners. It will hold quite a few hand tools, and gives an air of professionalism to those woodworkers who choose to carry their tools in one. It's a fun woodworking project to build, and not at all difficult.

5. Portable Miter Saw Stand

Portable Miter Saw Stand
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The compound miter saw is probably the most precise tool for cross-cutting compound angles. A good compound miter saw is rather heavy and cumbersome for a portable tool, and when working outside of the wood shop, a portable miter saw stand is almost a necessity. With this set of free woodworking plans, you can build a sturdy, portable miter saw stand complete with adjustable stock supports for each side of the saw.

6. Featherboards

Featherboard
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Featherboards are designed to hold stock firmly to a fence or down to the table of a power tool such as a table saw or router table. The grooved fingers of the featherboard allow stock to slide freely forward, holding the stock in place to prevent wandering. This is ideal when making certain cuts, such as applying a bead on the edge of a board. Use these free woodworking plans to learn how to build a set of featherboards that you can keep handy for whenever you need them.

7. Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig

Circle Cutting Jig
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There are many types of woodworking projects that call for cutting stock into circular shapes, such as round table tops, archways and other circular forms. Attempting to cut these shapes by hand on a jigsaw or band saw would not be precise enough, but with a jig, one can easily cut these shapes with precision. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a simple but very effective circle cutting jig for use with your band saw.

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