ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Hand Plane Jointer

This shop-built jig produces a straight, square edge on a workpiece by converting your hand plane into a jointer.


12 / Built-up Moldings

A router and some ordinary bits. That’s all it takes to build your own detailed moldings.

Hands-On Project

14 / Wall Mirror

Use our simple built-up molding technique to make this handsome wall mirror in just a few hours.

Feature Project

16 / Cutting Guide

A unique tracking system on this cutting guide lets you use your circular saw or router to produce straight, accurate cuts.


22 / Routing Profiles

Create decorative profiles that are smooth and consistent with a hand-held router and our step-by-step approach.


Selecting Tools

8 / Circular Saws

Buying a circular saw? Our team tests eleven popular saws and offers practical suggestions on what to look for.

Great Tips

20 / Pipe Clamp Tips

From gluing up flat panels to keeping clamps from marring the work, here’s a collection of our best pipe clamp tips.

Small Shop

24 / Clamp Storage System

This convenient storage system organizes all of your clamps so they’re right at hand when you need them.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Our readers offer their own shop-tested solutions to common woodworking problems. Plus two quick tips.


30 / Lumber Grain

There’s more to lumber grain than appearance. It also affects the stability and cost of a project.

Finishing Room

31 / Danish Oil

A natural-looking finish that’s easy to apply. And you can repair it too. All this makes Danish oil worth a closer look.

32 / Scenes from the Shop