Have you ever wanted a nice wood shop table saw workbench and a router table all in one?  Today I want to show you a table saw workbench that I designed to help bring some order to my little workshop. (Remember how we showed you the mess that we started with last week?)

To help organize this project of ours, we partnered up with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.  They have so many good options for keeping a shop in order and many great tools for building projects.  We are excited to partner up with them for this very reason.  I will show you all the great tools that I have now because of them, and how it is making my garage shop experience so much better. You saw a sneak peek of this table last week, and  I am so excited to show you how I built the workbench in today’s post.

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I have always wanted to build a big table saw workbench.  It has been years in the making in my head and now finally coming true to life.  It is a large central table that I will use for almost everything.  The work table has the table saw and router table built in.  It would also include a vice and many options for clamping for working on projects.  It’s going to organize and store tools as well.  It is going to be AWESOME POSSUM!!!

The Design of the Table Saw Workbench

I really wanted the table to be multi functional and have many useful features.  I wanted it to be “pertty good looking” as well.  (Thanks Pedro!)  Chances are we will be filming lots of projects from this workbench.

The space where I wanted to keep it is big enough for a 4′ x 7′ workbench surface.   That is pretty big for a work bench.  You can do a lot on a large surface like that, and you can store a lot underneath it as well.

I did a bunch of research of what other people were doing and tried to create the best option for my needs.  Listed below are all of the features that I wanted the table saw workbench to have.

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Features of the Table Saw Workbench

  • Look amazing!!! That should be obvious right!
  • Sturdy and strong with a 1 1/2″ thick table top.
  • 3″ table top lip over hang for clamping to table
  • Caster wheels to move it around the shop and locking in place.
  • Built-in table saw with outfeed area.
  • Built-in router lift and router fence.
  • T-track system for clamping and building projects.
  • Bench vise for more clamping of projects.
  • Storage for tools with doors to keep the dust out.
  • Leg room when working at the bench sitting on a stool.
  • Place to store a bench or two when not in use.
  • Dust collection area for under the table saw.
  • Improved shop lighting when working on projects.
  • Comfortable floor mats for standing areas around the table and table saw.

It took about a three full days to build and finish it.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and how useful it has been so far. Here are some closeups of the table top features of the table saw workbench.

This is the awesome router table that I now have. It features a fence that slides back and forth in the T-Track and is easily removed for an entire table of flat surface to work on.

Router Lifter with Sliding Track on Rockler T-Tracks | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

A really big stop switch attached to the router for better safety while routing.

XL Router Stop Button for Safety | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

A sweet bench vise.

Built-in Bench Vise | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

Tons of room for using the T-Track clamping system with all the different ways to clamp projects.

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Lockable heavy duty casters.

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Bench storage and floor comfy floor mats.  Why not be comfortable in your work space right?

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Oh and this cord reel has been amazing to use.  It’s heavy duty and 30′ long.  It also locks in place if you only need ten feet.  It really cleans up the shop being able to retract a power cord back up in a nice neat reel.

Retractable Power Cord Storage | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

List of Products from Rockler.com Used in the Post

As we said, we love working with Rockler because of their amazing products! FYI these are affiliate links, which means if you click and purchase through these links, we receive a small commission that helps fun us creating new projects and videos like this —  I really love these products, so I highly recommend them!

Workbench

Clamps

Lighting

Floors

Power Cords

Dust Collection Hoses

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Build Your Own Table Saw Workbench

Now I will show you how to make your own.  Below you will find the plans, tools, materials, cut list and steps of how to make your own table saw workbench.  The only thing that might be different in your plans would be the type of table saw that you would use to build it in.  Mine was a fifteen-year-old Delta table saw.

You could even leave out the table saw and just build the table if you like.  There are many options here.

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Plan Dimensions

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Top View

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Front View

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Side View

 

Tools List

Here are the tools that I used to build the table.

  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Plywood circular saw blade
  • Jig saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Router for T-Track tracks
  • Power chord
  • 3/4″ diameter router bit
  • Sockets for lag bolts
  • Sander
  • Sand paper 120 and 150
  • Brush for polyurethane
  • Rags for dusting
  • Pencil
  • tape measure

Workbench Materials List

Be sure to use cabinet grade plywood or better quality for flatness and select all your wood that is as straight as possible.

Cut List

  • (1) 78″ x 42″ x 3/4″ – Plywood Base
  • (6) 4×4 x 29″ – Legs 
  • (3) 2×4 x 35″ –  Short Support Beams
  • (2) 2×4 x 36 3/4″ – Long Support Beams
  • (1) 78″ x 29″ x 3/4″ –  Middle Plywood Partition
  • (2) 84″ x 48″ x  3/4″ – Plywood Workbench Top
  • (1) 40″ x 24 3/4″  x 3/4″ – Table Saw Shelf
  • (2) Varies depending on height of your saw- Table Saw Shelf Supports
  • (2) 12″ x 4″ x 3/4″ Bench Vise Blocks

Instructions to Build the Table Saw Workbench

Part 1: Build the Workbench Base

Cut the plywood base to length and width.  (78″ x 42″)

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Cut six 4×4 legs to length (29″).Step 1, DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan | Free Printable Building Plans #remodelaholic

Cut two 2×4 short support beams to length and drill two pocket holes in ends (34″).Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 3

Assemble three leg assemblies of 4×4 and 2×4 support beams with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and set upside down.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 6

Attach the plywood base to leg assemblies with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Keeping the legs square to the outside corners and centering the middle leg assembly to the plywood base.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 7

Attach four locking casters on the four corners through plywood base into 4×4 legs.  Predrill the holes to avoid splitting.  Attach two swivel casters in the middle.  Use four lag bolts per caster and add a lock washer and a washer to each lag bolt.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 9

Flip table over and attach long beam supports between leg assemblies with pocket screws.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 10I was able to clamp a block of wood under the long support to hold it flush with the top of the leg assemblies.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 11Here is how the supports look finished.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 13

Cut out and install middle plywood partition (78″ x 29″).Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 12

Cut out the top corners where the end beams and middle beams are with jig saw.  I cut them 1/8″ bigger than the 2×4 so I had enough room to get the partition in easier.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 14

Install middle plywood partition to the long support beams on the table saw side with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Below I am screwing the partition in to the bottom of the table.  You will also be able to screw into the top support beam as well.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 17

Cut out plywood workbench top pieces and attach with screws (84″ x 48″).

Attach the first layer of plywood workbench top to the top of the legs and beams and screw in place with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Be sure the center it with a 3″ overhang on all sides.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 18

Attach the second plywood workbench top the the top of the first plywood workbench top with wood screws from underneath.  (Be sure the keep screws out of the path of the router channels for the T-Track.)Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 19At this point the table is all built and ready to use.  I am taking it further though to add all the other goodies to it.

Part 2: Table Saw Hole and Shelf Preparation, Miter Lift Preparation

Cut out table saw hole with circular saw and jig saw.  Measure out the size of your table saw top and cut it to fit that size.

Use tape to protect the edge of the plywood.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 20Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 21

Cut out and build table saw shelf 

Cut table saw shelf to length and width (40″ x 24 3/4″).

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Cut out corners to wrap around the legs.  Add 1/8″ to the leg thickness of 3 1/2″, to give room to install it without being too tight.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 23

Cut out table saw shelf supports.

Assemble shelf and supports with screws.  I used these awesome corner clamping jigs for holding the supports in place while I screwed them together with 1 1/4″ wood screws.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 24

Cut out hole for table saw dust to fall into.  This hole is 3/4″ smaller than the base of the table saw.  That way the table saw still has something to sit on.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 27

Attach shelf to table with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  I jacked up the shelf and clamped it in place so I could screw it in underneath.  I also squared it off and screwed it in through the partition.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 29

Rout out miter gauge outfeed channel in workbench top.  Rout it long enough to get the miter past the blade of the table saw.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 33

Part 3: T-Track Preparation and Installation

Route out T-Track channels over the entire table at 3/8″ deep.  You want the channels to be deep enough to keep the top of the T-Track flush or just below the surface of the table top. See top view of table for layout of channels.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 35This is where the T-Track intersections will go.
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Router Lift Preparation

Cut out router lift hole with router at the depth of the lift plate.  Just slightly bigger than 3/8″ deep.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 36 Start routing in the middle and work your way around in circles until you get to the edges.  At the edges I clamped down wood as bumpers to keep my lines nice and square.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 37

Sand and polyurethane table top.  I sanded with 120 grit sand paper.  I also rounded all the corners by hand so they wouldn’t be so sharp.  On the outside edges I used an orbital sander to remove all the print on the boards and level the two top layers together.  Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 41After I sanded I brushed in four layers of scratch resistant polyurethane.  I also sanded with 150 grit sand paper between coats.  I wanted it to be a really nice smooth surface.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 42

Now it’s time to install the T-Track.  I started with the intersections then cut the T-Track to length with a metal blade on the jig saw.  this part was fu because it was all coming together.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 43

Part 4: Table Saw Installation

Level the table saw with shims.  I gave myself some wiggle room to be able to shim it up to the right height of the table top.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 46 I got it nice and flush with the top.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 32

Part 5: Router Lift Installation

Install router lift adjustment screws.  I installed four of these adjustable screws around each corner of the router lift for fine tuning the lift to the table.  I had to go to the hardware store and pick these up.  Once these are installed, all you need to do with this screw is reach under the table to level out the router lift flush with the top of the table.   You should only have to do this once when you first install the lift.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 48Here is a picture of the screws and how they are installed.  Drill a hole for the nut and screw it in with an Allen wrench.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 60 Then reach under and make the fine tunes adjustments to the level of the lift.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 61This is a longer version of the two screws that came with the lift.  Because the table was 1 1/2″ thick, the screw that came with the lift was too short.  I added the nut to a longer screw that matched.  The nut gets hammered into the bottom of the table, so it would clamp the lift on really tight.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 49This is how it ended up.   Nice and flush.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 50

Part 6: Bench Vise and Bench Vise Block Installation

Install vice with 1 1/4″ wood screws to the base of the workbench table top.  I clamped the vise in place and pre-drilled the holes to make it easier to screw in. Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 54

Build a block for the the vise.  Cut out two blocks of wood at (12″ x 4″).  Glue them together.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 51  Drill three holes for the three bars of the vise to slide through.  Sand and polyurethane the block.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 52

Remove the two big nuts at the end of the vise.  Install the block of wood you just made over the three bars of the vise.  Align the block with the top of the table then screw in four big 1 1/4″ wood screws through the black metal vise into the block of wood to hold it in place.  Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 53

Whow! That was a lot of work…  But the thing is, it’s done and ready to use.  I plan on this table lasting FOREVER!

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Now I need to take the time to find out what tools go where and customize the spaces under the table for them.   I also have plans to build the doors like I mentioned in the design.  I will have to let you know how that goes in the near future.

Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more shop updates.

Let me know if you have any good suggestions about how you organize your shop and what has been working well.  I would love to hear your feedback!

Do you use a cleaning schedule? Having a set schedule of what gets cleaned each day, each week, and each month (like those in our free cleaning binder) can make keeping up on seasonal cleaning tasks so much more doable, and, in fact, make it feel like there is less cleaning to do when spring cleaning and fall cleaning times roll around. But… there are still a few tasks that often get forgotten amongst the baseboards and drain cleaning and daily clean-up tasks.  So today we’ve partnered with Filtrete™ Brand to talk about 6 common cleaning tasks you probably forgot — and these easy jobs will help your home be both safer AND cleaner this year!

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6 Common Cleaning Tasks You (Probably) Forgot

1: Clean Your Vacuum

Your vacuum certainly *does* plenty of cleaning, but when was the last time you cleaned your vacuum, like really cleaned it?  Am I right??

Can you imagine what kid of dust, dirt and little biological creatures are spewing from you vacuum?!  EWW!!  Clean your vacuum people and while  you are at it, make sure you have the best filters in it possible.

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Did you know that a full vacuum bag OR a clogged filter can inhibit your vacuums’s power, reduce suction and leave allergens and dust behind?  Also, if you notice that your vacuum seems to be losing suction, you may not need to go buy a new one, simply replacing the bag and filters may restore the suction you have lost!

Most know that Filtrete makes residential air filtration products, but did you know they make vacuum filters too?   In fact, to make this vacuum maintenance even easier, Clean & Cook Supply Website is an awesome new site for all the replacement parts you need for any brand of vacuum (so you can shop in your pajamas).  This is how we get things done!!

Filtrete Filters, Bags And Vacuum Belts

So what about timing?   How often you should change your vacuum bag, filter and belts?

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VACUUM BAGS: Change every 1-2 months.  Obviously you need to be changing out vacuum bags frequently.  Replace them with Filtrete vacuum bags every 1-2 months; don’t wait til it is so full you lose suction. Why go to all the effort of vacuuming if you don’t have full suction power? The new Clean & Cook Supply Website makes it easy to order online so you always have replacement bags ready when you need them.

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VACUUM FILTERS: Change every 3-6 months (so this is a good one to add to your spring and fall cleaning lists).  Filtrete filters help to improve the air quality of your home by trapping small particles of dust, pollen, and pet dander.  They can trap particles that are 75 times smaller than a human hair – including 99.97% of dust mite debris, animal dander, molds and pollen. Even if your vacuum has a washable filter, you should know that repeated washing can cause the fiber of the filter to break down over time  and not work as efficiently.  Let’s be honest – if I am going to go to the work of cleaning my house, then I want it to work as efficiently as possible, so using a replaceable, highly efficient Filtrete vacuum filter will help our house stay cleaner, by not just pushing that crap back out into the air, and that sounds like a good plan to me.

VACUUM BELTS:  Replace as needed. If your vacuum is making funny noises and not picking up debris, it may be a broken belt.  To see if a belt is broken, turn it on and look to see if the brush roll is spinning.  If it’s not, your belt is likely broken.  You can replace it on the Clean & Cook Supply website for a cost effective, quick fix.

Remember this care that you take with your vacuum is a budget-saver in the long run, as it will keep your vacuum running better and extend the life of your vacuum!

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2: Clean Your DishwasherSpring Cleaning Tasks, Cleaning Dishwasher

Again, your dishwasher works hard every day (and sometimes twice a day) cleaning the dishes , but have you ever cleaned the dishwasher? Especially if you have hard water like we do, it’s really important to do an annual checkup and make sure everything is clean and running smoothly. Every dishwasher has different specific parts but in general you’ll want to follow these steps to rid your machine of grease, food debris, and soap scum:

Step 1: Clean the drain and seal.  Remove the bottom rack and clear the drain and filter at bottom of the dishwasher interior. (If your dishwasher has a removable filter, remove and clean it as well.) Inspect the dishwasher seal and clean any build-up.

Step 2: Clean with vinegar. Run an empty dishwasher cycle with a cup of vinegar, using hot water. You can dump the vinegar right into the dishwasher, but we suggest placing the cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup or bowl on the top rack. As the water runs through the dishwasher cycle, the vinegar is dispersed and cleans the dishwasher interior.

We keep up this cleaning every cycle by adding vinegar to each load of dishes we wash. In addition to keeping the dishwasher clean, it keeps our dishes sparkling even with the hard water in our area.

Step 3: Deodorize. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short hot-water cycle. (Our dishwasher has a sanitize cycle that is perfect for this.) Baking soda will also help remove any stains from the dishwasher interior.

If you have stubborn dishwasher stains and grime, you might also try a cleaning additive like LemiShine.

Step 4: Clean the dishwasher exterior. Now that the interior is sparkling clean, shine up the outside as well!

 

3: Clean Your Washing Machine

Spring Cleaning Tasks, Cleaning Washing Machine

We recently had some washer maintenance done and the service tech told me that we should be cleaning our front-load washer once a month! Oops! Spring and fall cleaning is a great time to rectify those tasks that don’t get done often enough, at least at our house.

Our front loader has a specific sanitize setting, so that makes it easy. You should also be washing the gasket regularly to avoid that musty smell that a lot of front-loading washers get.

If your washing machine doesn’t have a sanitize cycle, the process is still pretty easy. Vinegar comes to the rescue, again! Run a hot water batch, with the water to the highest fill level. While the washer is filling, add 1 quart of vinegar and let the vinegar run through the wash and rinse cycle. For top-loading machines, you can open the lid and allow the vinegar water to soak if you’d like.

Be sure to also wash the soap dispenser and any other high-gunk places on the washer. This is also a good time to check the connections to the hoses at the back of the machine to make sure they are tight with no leaks or drips.

 

4: Clean Your Dryer

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You clean the lint filter every load of laundry (hopefully), but lint builds up other places in your dryer, too. At least twice a year, it’s good practice to vacuum the lint filter holder (we always find spare change, par-tay!) and use gentle soap and water to clean the lint filter, too. (Let it fully dry before you put it back in the machine, of course.)

The lint filter in the dryer vent can pose a major fire hazard, so fall and spring cleaning is a great time to clean around the dryer and clean out the vent and ducts, too. Disconnect the dryer vent hose and remove any visible lint from both the hose and the machine. A long flexible brush or a vacuum cleaning attachment are helpful.

 

5: Check and Replace Batteries

Close Up Of Replacing Battery In Domestic Smoke Alarm

I try to remember to do this every time Daylight Saving Time starts and ends, which also conveniently coincides with fall and spring cleaning, but anytime you remember to check, do it! Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace as needed.

6: Check the Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher In Modern Hotel Building

Most home fire extinguishers last 10-12 years, but check the expiration date on yours because you want it ready when you need it! If it is expired, missing an inspection tag, or shows signs of excessive wear (such as a cracked seal, broken nozzle, or missing pin) contact your local fire department to learn about your options for recharging or replacing it. Remember, a fire extinguisher needs inspected and recharged after each use.

None of these tasks take very long or cost much money, but they’ll help your home be cleaner AND safer in the coming year.

Thank you Filtrete™ brand and Clean & Cook Supply Website for partnering with us on this post.  We love your products and have been using them for years.  All opinions are our own.

You might also like our free printable cleaning binder

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This post about The Easy Guide to Trimming and Edging Your Yard Like a Pro –  is made in partnership with STIHL.  All opinions (and yard work) are my own.

I have a confession to make.  I really don’t like working out at a gym….  I like the weight machines, but I don’t love the atmosphere.  Getting on a treadmill or such for 30 minutes feels worse than pulling teeth: you see no results at the end, and you’ve been working hard for 30 minutes… So, I’ve decided that I am taking over the lawn care this summer as a treadmill alternative!  We have about an acre of grass to mow, and if I separate it into zones I can get 3 -30 to 45 minute plus workouts a week JUST mowing (not using the auto drive on the mower btw).   I am really enjoying it so far. 

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Benefits of doing the lawn care myself:

  1. I am outside, enjoying the weather, possibly getting some added vitamin D!  (I can dream about someday having a beautiful tan, but alas, my melanin is on a permanent vacation.)
  2. I get to see some immediate results when I am done.  This really helps with my desire to get things done that matter.  I have huge to-do lists, and not having tangible results after a workout usually makes me feel less motivated to try it again.  Doing the lawn care gives me immediate tangible results – and a good workout!
  3. I finally have some time to “read” or just get thinking.  I’ve been listening to an uplifting, motivational, or thought provoking audiobook or podcast.  It is helping me to be more motivated throughout the week to push myself.  Also, I have two adorable little talkers at my house, and it is nice to have some time to think a full complete thought without being interrupted.
  4. I don’t have to pay someone… technically, I am taking time away from working to do this, so in actuality I may be losing money, but it is filling needs that I have for physical work and a break from the day job.

I will admit: the most I’ve ever really done is mow. But if I am taking over the lawn care for real, then I also need to take care of the trimming, edging and cleanup after.  This is the difference between an okay job mowing and a clean beautiful yard that truly looks manicured.  So I asked my hubby to help tutor me in the ways of lawn care.  He had a lawn care business in college and worked for a service through high school, so he’s got skills!

The best part is that today we are going to teach you how to trim and edge your lawn like a pro.  It’s really rewarding to step back and see your yard with a new clean cut. 

4-Step Lawn Care Routine for a Professional Result

So when trying to get a professional-looking mow there are four general steps:

  1. Edge along the concrete, brick surfaces, where the grass would start to creep over horizontally or garden bed and tree ring edges.
  2. Mow and bag the grass.
  3. Trim the extra tall grass along the edges of things, that the mower couldn’t get.
  4. Blow off any loose dirt or grass clippings back onto the grass, from the mower, trimmer and edger.

I think that trimming and edging especially are two of the best ways to really make your lawn look awesome.  If you only mow there is a very noticeable difference in the look. It just looks unfinished.  So today we are giving you the tips and tools to make your lawn look top-notch all summer (and spring and fall). 

Here is a list of tools that we will be using today — you can find your local Stihl dealer here.

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Edging Your Yard Like a Pro

We did get one gas powered tool, the edger, and boy is it fabulous, but I have to admit the ease of the battery powered tools with the STIHL Lightning Battery System® has me so happy!  Before, I would always need to ask Justin to help me get the tools started, but now it is just plain easy!  And I don’t need any help to get things started, or know what I am doing (this problem may have been more of a willful ignorance: “If I don’t know how to start it I can’t be expected to do it!” But now that I want to actually do the work I am more invested in learning how to do it and actually excited about the work!)

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So let’s begin with some tips, shall we?

9 Trimming Tips for Manicured Lawn

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Trimming gives your lawn a nice clean look, like just after getting a new haircut.  Think of mowing the yard without trimming as a mullet…  but it is 2018 and the 80’s called and they want their hairstyles back… so give that lawn a trim! 

Tip #1: Wear safety glasses.

Always wear safety glasses when trimming.  A friend used my trimmer once and I told him to be sure to wear safety glasses.  He said “I’m fine! I don’t need safety glasses. I will be okay.” When he returned the trimmer he said, “I should have worn the safety glasses because a rock flew up and hit me in the eye.”  Just protect your eyes and wear the glasses.  You will thank me later.

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Tip #2: Mow the lawn first.

When trimming and edging your yard, I like to do it after I have mowed the lawn first.  The lawn mower will get the bulk of the grass, and also give you a reference point for the height the grass should be cut to.  However, there are areas the mower can’t get like the trimmer can, such as under shrubs, around play equipment or trees, and up against the fence or walls. 

Tip #3: Hold the trimmer level with the grass.

I am right-handed so I hold the trimmer trigger with my right hand and tend to walk to the right as I trim around the yard.  Hold the trimmer level to the grass so you won’t cut too deeply into the grass and create low spots.  This is where mowing first comes in really handy because you can level your trimmer with the cut grass.  This will also help to avoid over cutting the grass and creating dried up dead spots on the edges.

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Tip #4: Trim the grass so it discharges cut grass back onto the grass.

Save yourself some clean-up time and try to keep the grass clippings from creating a bigger mess to clean up later.  Trim the grass in a way that the clippings end up back on the grass.  This will mostly matter when you are trimming around hardscape, but just configure the guard cover to point onto the grass. 

Tip #5: Work slow and steady.

Especially around trees and plants, keep your work slow and steady for an even result and for the safety of the rest of your landscaping.  Don’t cut into the bark of plants or trees, as this may introduce disease or bugs into the tree and can ultimately kill or weaken your trees.  It’s best to create a tree ring of mulch at least 12-15″ away from the tree bark to protect the trees.

Tip #6: Tap the trimmer on the ground to extend the nylon string.

Depending on your type of trimmer, you can just tap it on the ground to extend the feed when it gets too short.

Tip #7: Plan your way around the yard.

To help save time and make sure all the edges get trimmed, I start trimming where I want to end up, so I end up where I started.  Start trimming like you are tracing the outline around the lawn.  If you pass a tree or island/planter bed that needs trimming, walk over to it and trim around that, then walk back to where you left off at the edge. By doing this you are more efficient with your time and able to get things done a lot faster. This method will also help ensure you don’t miss any spots.  So when we trim our yard, we start in the front yard, go around the house, through the gate to the back yard, finish the backyard, then come back through the same gate into the front yard to finish the front yard.

Tip #8: Trim the cracks that are full of weeds or unwanted grass.

In between the concrete cracks, you might get weeds growing through the cracks.  Just trim them out at a slight angle as close to the concrete as possible.  After the trimming you can pour straight (and super cheap) vinegar as a weed killer to prevent them from growing back. This is an organic, cheap and easily available weed killer, and you can even have the kids help with this part if you want.

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Tip #9: Keep a safe distance

Be sure to keep your feet and hands away from the string at all times.  Keep a safe distance away from other people at about 50’ or more. Be really careful around windows and vehicles.

 

10 Tips and Uses for your Edger While Edging Your Yard

After first mowing, and then trimming now it is time to edge with an edger.  An edger is more for cutting the grass vertically along the edges of the patios, paths, curbs, sidewalks or driveways.  This part of lawn care really make a difference in the final look of the cut grass. This is something that you can do every other week if you wanted to save a little time.  If you don’t do it at all, the grass ends up growing out and over the hard surfaces and can be harder to find the edge in the future.  In fact sometimes the grass will begin to grow on the hard surfaces and debris builds up on edges creates a solid bed on the concrete.

Tip #1: Wear safety glasses while edging your yard.

Always wear safety glasses.  The edger will spin the blade at a really fast rate.  This kicks up a lot of dirt and rocks. There is a guard, but still, I would rather be safe than sorry!

Tip #2: Align the edger next to the hard surface.

Align the cutting blade of the edger with the edge of the grass.  Pull the trigger and the blade will start spinning. Start with the blade spinning in the grass at the edge of the concrete or hard surface.  You will feel the blade cutting through the dirt. As it’s spinning, you can let it hit the edge of the hard surface you are edging against.  Adjust the trimmer up or down depending on how deep you want to to edge. Typically I edge about ½” to an 1” deep. Stand on the left and start walking forward along the edge.  Remember, that after time the edger blade will need to be replaced from wear. You might be able to use one blade all season depending on how often you edge and the size of your yard. 

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Tip #3: Move the edger back and forth.

As you edge, move the edger back and forth to get a nice clean cut.  Especially if it’s the first time edging your yard or at the beginning of the season, be aware that your first edging of the season may require a bit more cleanup then you will usually have.  It is best to take care of this early in the season, and then upkeep on the edges will become easier and easier as the season progresses. 

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Tip #4: Edge often.

The more often you edge the lawn, the easier it is to do and the faster the job goes.  Most of the time you can edge every other time you mow, but if you are consistent in edging your yard, you can avoid having to “start over” with a prolific edge of grass.

Tip #5: Adjust the depth of the cut

Cut down at least ½” past the edge of the surface you are trimming.  Depending on your type of edger, you can adjust the depth of the cut before edging your yard.  As you use the edger the blade will get worn and get smaller, so you will have to adjust the depth.

Tip #6: Edge first.

This may actually sound like we are going against everything we’ve talked about, but edging your yard BEFORE mowing may actually save you some time.  By edging your yard first, you will be able to use the mower to help clean up the cut grass and extra dirt.  It will make the end cleanup a breeze!

Tip #7: Edge around trees to create tree rings.

If you don’t have tree rings, you can easily create one with an edger.  Just draw a ring around the tree at least 12” from the tree trunk with landscape paint (optional) then use an edger to cut along the line.  Dig out all the grass in the ring and fill it with mulch. This will keep your tree a safe distance from the trimmer or edger and prevent any damage to the tree bark.

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Tip #8: Edge around planter beds.

When edging your yard, use an edger to define the planter bed edge from the grass.  You do not need to install a hardscape edging system to keep your beds looking beautiful.  Remove any unwanted grass and keep edging your yard each week to keep it nice and clean.

Tip #9: Use the proper fuel to oil ratio.

This is especially important to extend the life of your gas-powered engines. Fill the tank with the proper fuel.  This Stihl model that we are using uses a gas oil mix of 50:1. We purchased the fuel at the hardware store because it has the proper mixture and a long shelf life.  Also, be aware that gas you buy at the gas station contains ethanol that will junk up your equipment; the proper fuel mixtures at the hardware store are ethanol free.  You will have fewer maintenance issues down the road if you use the right fuel every time.

Tip #10: Blow off the dirt and grass clippings.

Now that everything is done, all you have to do is blow all the dirt and grass clippings back onto the lawn and you done.  Be careful to specifically clean off that brand new edge.  If you blow things into the edges of the grass that sit against hard surfaces, that is where you will get the build up of soil and debris that allows the grass to grow onto the surface!

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Now you can enjoy the beautiful clean look of your yard.

By the way, the blower is a totally awesome alternative to palm leaves for being fanned when you are done!

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What tools do you like to use for your lawn care? Click here to find your local Stihl dealer. 

So let’s check out a before and after shall we?

A well-tended manicured lawn care routine goes beyond just mowing. Learn to trim and edge your yard like a pro with a 4-step lawn maintenance plan and our best tips for a beautiful lawn. #remodelaholic

I’d like to thank Stihl for not only partnering with me on this post but for being part of my family since I was a child!  We truly love this company!  My dad was a chainsaw woodcarver growing up… and just check out this family picture all donning our orange Stihl shirts…(I’m the youngest on the end!!)

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