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Download free drawings for workbenches, shop fixtures, fixtures for guitar building, and things that will make your work go more smoothly and easier. I have put together these drawings to build some of the things I use in my shop every day. My shop is an ongoing project. I continually redesigned some of these things to improve the way they work and make them more suitable for the way I work. The small workbench is one  of these things.

After using the bench for a number of years I felt it could stand some improvement. So I increased the size of the top slightly, added some drawers for storage, and added a compartment for storing long pieces such as bindings and purflings. I realized that this bench could be used as a main bench for someone with little space. You can benefit from my trial and error.

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Space Saver Workbench

space saver workbenchThe workbench was originally designed for me to use for bracing tops and backs with additional storage underneath for materials used for bracing and detail work. When I sat down to redesign it I realized that with some modifications this bench could used as primary workbench if there was limited space available. Space was created between the top and the storage bins beneath to be used as storage for parts up to 32 inches in length which is the length of bindings, purflings and veneers. The bench can be built with a minimum of hardware and is intended to be used with the ever versatile pattern makers vise as well as with the guitar rest below. Drawings include detail drawings of the base and optional drawers. The bench can also be built without the drawers or any structural changes.

Table Saw Cross-Cut Box

cross cut sled for table sawCross-cutting on a table saw can be dangerous. If you ever had a piece your are cutting kick back on you, you know just what I mean. Kickback on a 3 HP table saw will give you a pretty good sized welt and scare the crap out of you. And thats getting away lucky. Cut safely on your table saw with this sled. Since I made this sled I have never cross-cut on my table saw any other way.

This cross-cut sled can cut widths up to 18″. The sled uses two UHMW strips for runners underneath. These runners slide in the slots on your table saw. They will not swell or shrink with humidity changes.

Guitar Neck Rest

Guitar RestThe bench above can be fitted with a guitar rest that can fit in the same hole as the parrot vise. These can be swapped out according to your needs. The guitar rest is used to hold the guitar during building, set-up repair and finishing The rest is shown in the photo on the left being used on the bench with the parrot vise in the background. The rest can be made with an optional 5/8 inch dowel in the base that will fit in the screw hole for the vise in the bench which will keep it from slipping around while you are trying to work This rest is I think the third version of the rest I have made and I have had this one for over fifteen years. Its a sturdy rest and will last a lifetime.

Shooting Boards & Bench Hooks

Planing Fingerboard on Shooting BoardThis set of drawings includes plans for  a shooting board and a bench hook. Both the bench hook and shooting board are essential to any woodworking project – especially guitar building.

The shooting board is for trimming the long edges of material and can be made in a couple of different lengths. The bench hook is more for end grain planing or trimming the edges of short stock and is a one size fits all type of jig.

Drawings include a long shooting board for stock up to 32″ in length, a short shooting board for stock up to about 13″ in length and a bench hook that can handle stock up to about 10″ in width. The plans come as a zip file. Unzip the file and the drawings are in a folder called Shop Tools. The plans can be printed on 8 1/2 x 14 (legal size) piece of paper.

Herringbone/Wheat Fixture

wheat-fixture-imgDownload plans (PDFs) for wheat & herringbone fixtures. Easy to make, these fixtures enable you to make both herringbone and wheat motifs as demonstrated in the guitar making DVD. These are great decorative additions to any guitar. Create stunning rosettes yourself. The Fixture 1 is for gluing up your wheat stack and fixture 2 is for putting together the wheat and herringbone. Click here to download the fixture plans. The plans come as a zip file. Unzip the file and the drawings are in a folder called Shop Tools. These plans can be printed on 8 1/2 x 14 (legal size) piece of paper.

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