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The OPC workshop is a continuous work in progress as we integrate new tools, build custom accessories and work to make our shop more efficient. Some of the best articles in this section include Building a Heavy-Duty Workbench, Building a Lumber Storage Rack, Creating a Dust Management System, and Building Folding Sawhorses.

How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)
Ethan | October 18, 2014
How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)

Our garage workshop floor was in need of some serious TLC.  We applied an epoxy garage floor coating to cover the ugly oil stains and give the shop a nice, polished look. I’m amazed at the difference the floor makes and would recommend an epoxy coating for anyone looking to class-up their garage, basement or other concrete surface. Read on to learn how we did it and a few tips to remember when you start this project. Editors Note: A lot of readers have found this article helpful in transforming their own basement or garage.... 

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How to Build a Wall-Mounted Lumber Storage Rack
Ethan | December 18, 2013
How to Build a Wall-Mounted Lumber Storage Rack

We’ve finished building three heavy-duty work benches and one of two folding wood sawhorses. Another important part of a workshop is good lumber storage. Up until now we’ve been piling boards on the floor, and it’s been a pain to keep moving them to make room for projects. Our solution is a simple wall-mounted wooden lumber rack. This article shares the instructions for building this rack. I found the idea on Woodsmith Shop, and with a few modifications, built one that fully meets our needs.Tools & Materials I... 

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How to Make an Easy, Accurate Table Saw Sled
Ethan | March 12, 2013
How to Make an Easy, Accurate Table Saw Sled

I’ve decided to build a few accessories to better utilize my table saw, and my first add-on is a table saw sled. With a sled, making cross cuts is fast, safe and very accurate. Sleds are useful for trimming sheet goods, mitering small pieces, making repetitive cuts and more. I know this sled will come in handy for a lot of projects including one that I’ve recently started (but haven’t written about just yet). I made my sled in about four hours, and that includes time to “dial in” the sled fence. It slides... 

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How to Make a Zero Clearance Insert (ZCI) for a Table Saw
Ethan | August 29, 2012
How to Make a Zero Clearance Insert (ZCI) for a Table Saw

When I unveiled my amazing dust collection system a couple of months ago, I remembered Jeff speculating that a zero clearance insert (ZCI) on the table saw may further reduce the amount of dust that escapes, and I squirreled that idea away in the back of my head. Soon after building the custom spice rack for Jocie, Fred and Kim put in a request for me to build another one, and I decided it was time to buy a dado stack. What does all this have in common? I needed some new table saw inserts. If you look around online, you’ll spend... 

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Update: Hanging our Folding Sawhorses on the Wall
Ethan | July 26, 2012
Update: Hanging our Folding Sawhorses on the Wall

In early January of this year, I showed you how to build some awesome, folding sawhorses. I still love these sawhorses, and I use them all the time. Well I’ve made one small modification so that they easily hang on the wall, and I wanted to share it with you.These sawhorses have three supports that span between the two pairs of legs. There are two lower supports and one upper support, and by modifying the upper support to include a French cleat, these sawhorses easily hang on a wall in your workshop. French cleats have been around... 

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How to Make a Compound Miter Saw Dust Hood
Ethan |
How to Make a Compound Miter Saw Dust Hood

Regular readers know that I just finished setting up a dust management system in my workshop, and I’m really pleased with the results. One lacking component was dust collection for my miter saw, and if you’ve ever used a miter saw, you know that they can kick up a cloud of dust. To make things even more challenging, I’ve got a beastly, 12″ Ridgid sliding compound miter saw. It’s a terrific saw for a workshop. However, it’s so big that capturing dust around this saw is difficult. Jeff Williams offered... 

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How to Build a Workshop Dust Management System
Ethan | July 16, 2012
How to Build a Workshop Dust Management System

Months ago I shared a tour of the OPC workshop, and I distinctly remember William calling BS because the shop looked so clean. What can I say? I like a clean shop. I also remember Tim R. encouraging me to get dust collection sorted out for health and safety reasons. With that in mind, I’ve been working on a dust management system in our shop for the past couple of weeks, and it’s finally complete (at least for now). Dust management (DM) isn’t the sort of thing you want to jump into blindly. It’s important to plan... 

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How to Build a Heavy Duty Workbench
Ethan | July 10, 2012
How to Build a Heavy Duty Workbench

This weekend we built the first of four heavy duty workbenches for the OPC workshop! This project was very simple, and the design works not only for a workbench (as we’re using it), but also for sturdy storage shelves in a basement or garage. We built a two-shelf bench, but this design can be easily modified for three or four-shelf models.Our goal for each workbench is an inexpensive, free-standing, movable table that can support a lot of weight (400+ lbs. total), with no perceptible deflection along the entire 8′ length... 

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How to Build a Router Table
Ethan | July 2, 2012
How to Build a Router Table

Today’s article is a guest post by John from Our Home From Scratch. Before I turn things over to John, I wanted to let you all know that Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl hosted last weeks Before & After story. If you’re not familiar, every year we run a Before & After series supporting Habitat for Humanity. Show some love, and check out the awesome outdoor kitchen remodel! Ever since I started doing even basic woodworking, I wanted a router table. Granted, there are a number of higher priced items on my woodworking... 

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How to Paint Pegboard (And Give Your Workshop Some Much Needed Style!)
Fred | April 9, 2012
How to Paint Pegboard (And Give Your Workshop Some Much Needed Style!)

When Ethan and I set out to convert my garage into the OPC workshop, I knew from the start that I wanted the large back wall to be donned with two 4×8 sheets of pegboard. When I was growing up, my father’s workshop had sported a large sheet of pegboard, and I remember how cool it was that dad could find just about anything he needed on his pegs or inside one of his two large tool chests. Since Ethan and I knew we’d be using the shop as a backdrop for our blog photography, we thought we needed to make our pegboard a bit... 

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