How do I get around without a table saw?

I have all five tools for this and would love to know about them as well!

My first order of business was to get everything together for the first wood-working project. The wood shop I am using used 2x4s, 2×1s, 1×3s, 2×6′ board, etc. I had to make a few adjustments to the plan to account for using 1x3s, and I had to modify some stuff that I found odd at the store, but overall I am happy with the results.

My tools and supplies list

Wood screws – I used 1/4″, 1/8″, and 3/8″ (but a couple of times the extra 1/2″ was useful), but you need a large (3″ for me) screwdriver to get a good grip.

Cordless drill/driver

Drill Bits

3/8″ Bit Set

3/8″ Drill Press


Tape measure



Saw Guard

Plastic sheet (I used a 3/4″ thick laminate material for my table

Table Saw Instructions

This is the most difficult part of this project. You won’t be able to keep a straight plan as you can if you’re not building the wall.

Start by measuring and marking your first box. Your boxes will be on the opposite ends of the table.

You also want to have a plan for each box, so there is no confusion on where to begin.

Take the 1/4″ drill bit and drill one side of the table to about 3/8″ from the end of the board. It helps if there is a 1×6 on the table for a drill press.

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After you have your side markings, drill a square of 3/8″ from the end. Take your 3/8″ drill bit

Drive the drill into the 1/4″ and 3/8″ boards until they are flush with the table.

I’m using 3/8″ holes to drive the screws into the top of the table so that when I drill the 2×6′ board, they are in the 2nd hole, and the end of the 2×6′ board is pushed against the end of the table.

I use a 5/8″ bit and push the 1×6 board into the 3/