Workshop

Whether it's a bench in the garage or a shed dedicated to DIY a workshop needs to be organised to be efficient. Make workbenches, shelving and wall-mounted racks to store tools and keep them near to hand. Use storage bins and labelled containers to keep hardware and other small items sorted.

DIY Classic Workbench
No DIY space is complete without a sturdy and stable workbench, and if this one looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s a classic design. It’s has been around for decades, and for good reason. The bench is durable, practical, spacious and also...
Workbench Inspiration

This wall-mounted bench features strip lighting, powerpoints and dust extraction

The spaces that are used for DIY projects range from a garden shed or corner of the garage to a purpose-designed workshop. But the one thing they all have in common is a dedicated surface for working on things, and that usually takes the form of...
Install A Sectional Garage Door Opener
Before automating a sectional garage door, it’s important to do research to ensure the opener matches the door.  A Chamberlain sectional door opener suits doors less than 16 square metres in size with a curved track and maximum door height of 2.2...
Install An Automatic Door Opener To A Rolling Garage Door
Tired of getting in and out of the car just to open and close the roller door on the garage, especially on rainy days?   There is an inexpensive solution if you are prepared to DIY install an electronic roller door opener.  Chamberlain roller d...
Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube A circular saw is a powerful tool that’s ideal for making straight cuts in a variety of types of timber.   Like any powertool, circular saws can be dangerous, so when you’re using one, make sure you’re wearing the a...
In this DIY video, we show you how to make a kids dress-up mirror for your little actor. Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube Children love dressing up, and this easy mirror makeover will light up the life of junior performers, helping them get into c...
In this DIY video, we show you how to build a toy car parking garage to double as a toy and handy storage. Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube Build young revheads a parking garage to house their fleet of toy cars and trucks. The kids will love launc...
Build A Timber Outdoor Table
Make a timber outdoor table with a cutout top to grow flowers or herbs.  At 1700mm long and about 980mm wide this table is a solid piece of furniture for the deck, courtyard or pergola. It’s designed to double as a garden feature and is built w...
Random orbital sanders are ideal for DIY. The powerful motor makes them capable of quick surface removal, and they can also be used for fine sanding. Unlike a standard orbital sander, the base disc moves in a random orbital pattern, allowing the sand...
Click here to subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube In this DIY video, we show you how to build a toy truck out of balsa wood with the kids. Keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays with creative ideas can be daunting.  Simple...
One of the most essential power tools for DIYers is a cordless drill, and modern types are easy to use and come with many useful features. To install a drill or driver bit, open the chuck jaws by grasping the handle of the drill with one hand and tur...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Multipurpose Saws

This class of tool can be used for anything from heavy demolition jobs to cutting pavers and even cleaning a barbecue

Multipurpose saws are power tools that often go where others can’t, while also being capable of cutting an incredibly wide range of materials. Their adaptability is the result of clever design features or the many accessories and blades available f...
Essential Guide To Manual Saws

Choose a reliable handsaw and other quality tools that will let you cut accurately and efficiently 

Even if your workshop is bursting with power tools, a decent handsaw is perhaps the only essential that is as irreplaceable as a hammer.  ‘Manual tools may not be ideal for big projects, but when it comes to precision and simplicity, they usually...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Stationary Power Saws

Learn about the different stationary power saws on the market and how to use them

Being able to accurately cut various timber shapes and sizes is essential to DIY, and you’ll soon feel the pinch if you’re using an ordinary handsaw. ‘Owning a set of freestanding or bench-mounted saws is like having a stable of thoroughbreds rea...
Wall To Wall Garage Storage
Constructing a specialised storage system with shelves, tool racks and hooks can be expensive, but building DIY wall shelving gives you versatility without a hefty price.  Materials for this system along a 4800mm wall add up to about $300, but it...
 Measuring And Marking Tools

Read our essential guide to measuring and marking tools 

Accurate measuring and marking is a cornerstone of successful DIY, so you ‘measure twice and cut once’. ‘I’m never without a good tape measure and my combination square,’ says Handyman contributor Gun Arvidssen. Knowing the best way to use the...
All-In-One Workstation
Build a multifunctional space for working on DIY projects and storing all your hand a power tools and materials.  A good workbench is a valuable asset for DIY, especially if you’re just starting out. Even more useful is a bench with space to stor...
Pocket Hole Workbench
Use a simple but effective joinery system to build a solid bench from pine and plywood.  No workshop is complete without a sturdy and stable bench, but using fasteners such as bolts for assembly doesn’t result in the most streamlined finish.  T...
Tips For Tighter Mitres

Create perfect mitre joints with these top tips

A mitre is a joint made by bevelling two surfaces to be joined, usually at a 45º angle.  When they’re done well, mitred joints look great, hiding end grain and matching face grains perfectly.  They can also be a pain in the neck, as it requires...
Essential Guide To: Grinders, Files and Rasps

The ultimate guide to grinders, files and rasps. Image: Thinkstock 

‘There’s a huge range of power and hand tools available to help you grind, file or roughly shape just about anything from timber, metal, and even stone,’ says Handyman expert Frank Gardner. ‘But the sheer diversity can sometimes make it difficult...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Chainsaws

It is important to take safety precautions before using a chainsaw

A chainsaw is potentially one of the most dangerous power tools. Before using one to remove dead or diseased trees, or to cut up firewood, take adequate precautions, wear correct safety gear and concentrate on the task.  SIZE isn’t everything, as fo...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Pressure Tools

An in-depth guide to pressure washers, air compressors and paint sprayers. Image: iStock

Whether you’re a DIYer or tradie, there’s an enormous range of paint sprayers, pressure washers and air compressors to suit your needs. According to Handyman Technical editor Frank Gardner, these tools are designed for use with a variety of attac...
A row of builder's clamps

Clamps are an essential tool for many DIY projects

The one thing you can be sure you’ll need to do with virtually every DIY project is keep it still and stable while you work on it. ‘Owning a good collection of clamps and a solid vice is like having a crew of reliable helpers on standby to hold so...
Medieval Armoury
With the recent popularity of fantasy films it’s no surprise there has been renewed interest in swords and sorcery among children of all ages. Get the kids off the iPad and into the workshop with these fun projects to make their own pretend medie...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide to Jigsaws

An introductory guide to jigsaws

A jigsaw makes straight and bevelled cuts, curves and intricate shapes.  The position of the blade and the plane of its motion make it a relatively safe tool to use, even when operated with one hand. There are blades for use on timber, stainles...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide to Circular Saws

A beginner's guide to circular saws. Image: iStock

Watch the video: 7 Circular Saw Tips Any job that requires repetitive straight cutting calls for a circular saw, which uses a selection of disc-shaped blades to cut materials like timber, plastic and metal.  Buying cordless or electric depend...
DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Drills

A comprehensive guide to drilling, a must-read for beginner DIYers. Image: Stuart Scott

From hanging a picture to installing a deck, all drills are DIY friendly. The main choice comes down to whether to go cordless or electric.  Electric drills are mains powered with a cord in the base and are for more heavy-duty use, with 500W a go...
Essential Guide To Sanders
These handy, simple-to-operate tools make the tedious job of surface preparation an easy task.  Often the only difference between a good finish and a bad one is the method of sanding.  Using abrasive paper with a cork block will give satisfactor...
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Every DIYer needs to know how to stay safe in the workshop

Working with hand and power tools can be dangerous, especially if the equipment is not properly maintained.  If a saw is dull or a drill bit is blunted, you have to use more force to get the job done, which can cause tools to wander off course an...
A Guide To Soldering
Soldering tools are as varied as the applications of this technique. Similar to welding, it involves melting a filler alloy to join metal objects, but much lower temperatures are used. This means that only the filler, called solder, melts into the...
A Guide To Blow Torches , Handyman magazine,
Learn how to use a blow torch and take DIY to the next level. Image: iStock
Blowtorches can be categorised according to the type of fuel they use, which affects how much heat they can generate. The three main types commonly used for DIY are powered by butane, propane or MAP-Pro gas. Even though only licensed tradies can...
A Guide To Welding
Welding is a fabrication process that joins metals by melting the workpieces and a filler into a weld pool of molten material that cools to form a very strong joint. The three main types suitable for DIY projects are arc, MIG and inverter welders....
Build A Rocking Horse
A new take on a traditional design brings this toy to life. Kids love horses, and the opportunity to ride one is never missed. Suitable for ages one to three, this one is built from pine and painted in non-toxic acrylic gloss. Templates Here are th...
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Build a latticed structure from treated pine to store a garden hose and reel, using it as a trellis to grow screening plants. It’s constructed using simple butt joints and to keep the timber from splitting all the holes are drilled with a 2mm combi...
DIY Split Doors, door cut in half, handyman magazine
Free up valuable wall and floor space by cutting a door in half to streamline an internal entryway. After finishing an ensuite reno, Frank Gardner decided that the standard 820mm arc of the opening door encroached too much on the available floors...
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Wash the car and give it a thorough scrub and polish for professional looking results 
We all love a sparkling clean set of wheels, but a trip to the car wash for a thorough clean and polish can cost a lot of money and you can’t always be sure you’re getting good value.  Cleaning the car is a job many of us put off, but doing it yo...
Build Wall-Mounted Garage Storage
One of the biggest problems with trying to store everything that ends up in the garage is that many different types of items are always coming and going. Whether it’s a new power tool you’ve acquired or old sporting gear that has finally been tak...

Ladders come in all shapes and sizes, take time choosing the right one to make every job safer and simpler 

Shopping for a ladder can be a daunting task. With a huge range of makes and models available, it’s tempting to just keep using the same old rickety one that’s been lurking in the garage for years.  But it’s time to stop playing Russian roulette...
5 Ways to Organise the Garage
With dedicated storage the garage can go from a pigsty to an ordered space with room for the car and a workshop. These quick and easy storage tips will turn a disaster area into an organised DIY haven. They can each be done seperately so you can e...
Handyman Magazine, DIY, Build a Space Saving Workbench
Most of us have a single car garage which means our workspace has to double as a parking area. If that’s the case at your place then this is the bench for you.   At 400mm wide this bench can be positioned against a wall and when the car is out of the...
Oscillating Tools, DIY, Handyman Magazine,

Oscillating tools are versatile and can be used in lieu of many other power tools

Oscillating tools bridge the gap between the functions of other tools. They can save the day when you least expect it, especially if you’re armed with a good range of accessories. They’re useful for an incredible variety of tasks including flush cutt...
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Get the kids in to the workshop and teach them DIY basics

Hands-on skills get short shrift in schools in this hi-tech world, where computer classes seem to take precedence over crafts.   Most of us would like to see our kids taking pleasure from DIY and getting tools into young hands early and often is the...
flip rack for tools DIY

Use this novel storage solution to organise your workshop

Take an hour or two to build this handy flip rack, using timber offcuts to make customised holders for chisels, drill bits, power tool accessories and anything else that can be hung vertically.   The rails are 950mm long to span three studs at standa...
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Follow our tips to get your workshop organised
When it comes to DIY, it is crucial to keep your workshop in order and your equipment easy to access. With so many small accessories and spare parts, it is easy to let things get in a muddle. But with these solutions, all made from household item...
Create order from chaos and keep the workshop neat with custom-built shelving for all DIY needs.    Like a lot of busy family blokes Joe Jensen had a garage bursting with stuff but he could never find what he was looking for. Desperate for a so...
Build a 750mm high mobile workbench that is easy, fast and inexpensive to build. All you need is a 2400 x 1200mm sheet of 17mm CC grade non-structural plywood, costing about $71, plus the fasteners, finish and castors. Have the components cut by the...
hammer, handsaw, screws and measuring tape against floorboards

Assemble a basic DIY kit with these ten tools

No matter what the job, there are a range of tools that always come in handy. Keep them well maintained in a toolbox for portability. Buy the best you can afford because cheap tools are often poorly designed, have a short lifespan and are sometime...