The latest issue of America’s Best Workshops 2013 hits the shelf on March 26, and the American Craftsman Workshop has been included!
Rather than being one of the featured shops, I actually have 4 pages of tips that other woodworkers might find helpful. The article is titled “Pro Ideas for Your Shop.”
4 Gold Nuggets From The ACW
In the article I share 4 things from my shop:
- My wall storage system for clamps. It is flexible mounting system, easily customized to your clamps, and it does a nice job of protecting the walls. Technical drawings included.
- My Workbench – You don’t have to build a traditional workbench to do great woodworking. This is the workbench I have been using for many years. It’s flat, it’s mobile, and has a very durable surface that you can use to write on. Technical drawing is included.
- How I converted my roller stands to a more usable indeed/outfeed and table system. A flexible support system that breaks down and stores away easily.
- And this one is GOLD! I share the miter saw table system that I use on job sites. WOOD Magazine has included my miter saw support table complete with technical drawings so you can make one too.
This miter saw table provides great support which is critical for accurate cuts on the job site and it will work great for the small shop too. It features a laminate top which you can jot notes & measurements on, then wipe clean. It sets up and breaks down easily. It stores well in my work van and it should in the small garage shop too.
It’s Always One Of My Favorite!
Getting to look inside of other workshops is always fun for me, and so the annual “Best Workshops” issue is always one of my favorite magazines to pick up.
Besides the pages of tips from the ACW, there are 18 shops featured that range in size from 112 to 1440 square feet. You get a good look inside the shops and will be able to pick up some great ideas for yours.
Included in this issue is the Ideas Gallery on page 71, an ingenious knock-down bench on page 110, and an article on designing your shop with various layout software. There are many other great features in the 2013 issue of America’s Best Home Workshops magazine, so you will have to pick up a copy and check it out for yourself.
You will also find my good friend, LJ member, and fellow woodworking blogger Marc Spagnuolo in this issue. He is a part of the shop design article starting on page 134. Great to share this issue with you Marc;)
America’s Best Home Workshops hits the stands on March 26th and will be on display only until June 24th. Be sure to check it out!
Your friend in the shop,
Todd A. Clippinger
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com