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Australian Woodsmith 17th October 2018
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Workbench Tool Rack

I have a habit of letting my benchtop get cluttered with tools. This pull-out rack keeps my frequently used hand tools off the benchtop but still within easy reach.

RACK OVERVIEW. The rack is a plywood box with a back made from pegboard for extra tool storage. A pair of holders inside the box accept chisels and screwdrivers. And a tray at the top corrals other items you want to keep handy.

MAKE THE RACK. After sizing the parts, cut trenches in the sides for the top, bottom and tool holders. Then cut a groove in the top, bottom and sides to accept the pegboard back. (There’s also one more groove in the bottom for a Masonite lip.) Some options for tool holders are shown above. 

At this point, you can glue up the entire assembly. Also glue in filler strips at the top and bottom. These form the tray on top and give you a place to mount the drawer slides. 

The rack mounts to the side of the bench with heavy-duty drawer slides, as shown above.

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In this issue we take a look at the mechanics of joinery and analyse how all the stresses in a joint get resolved. In our techniques pages we show you how to create geometric relief carving followed by a clever system for making perfect panel screens with a domino cutter. Our weekend project is a piston-fit pencil case, while our designer project is a laminated sound box that cleverly works as an amplifier for smart phones. Our heirloom project is a handsome tool cabinet that boasts seven drawers and a huge amount of easy-to-access storage space. Our turning project is a lighthouse pepper mill that is bound to attract attention. As usual we feature clever tips and techniques from our generous readers.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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