5 Shop Projects

You can build five essential shop projects this weekend with just seven sheets of plywood and a box of screws.

Sometimes “quickie” projects are second-rate, slap-together contraptions that don’t do the job well and don’t last long. But that’s not the case with the workbench, router table, table saw stand, tool stand, and assembly boxes you see here. These projects are strong, easy to build, and make the most of the space in any small shop. To start with, each is built from one or two sheets of run-of-the-mill, inexpensive 3/4" fir plywood. The joinery is pretty basic too — just butt and rabbet joints fastened with glue, screws, and nails. Although they’re not fancy, these simple projects have enough features, storage, and flexibility to make spending time in your shop more enjoyable.



What You Get:

  • 11 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • More than 30 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Materials list. Cutting diagrams. Retail sources for hardware and supplies
  • Shop-tested guarantee from the editors of Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines

Project Supplies & Hardware

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Kreg Mini Trak

Router Insert Plate

5" Swivel Casters

Titebond Wood Glue