ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

Online Extras

This symbol lets you know there’s more information here at You’ll see step-by-step videos, technique and project animation, bonus cutting diagrams, and a lot more.

Cover ShopNotes No. 21


Shop Safety

4 / Avoiding Kickback

Safety is no accident. Here’s a close-up look at some of the causes of kickback and what you can do to prevent it.

Jigs & Accessories

6 / Featherboard

A unique design lets you adjust this shop-made featherboard to use on many of the tools in your shop.


8 / Tongue & Groove

Cutting a tight-fitting tongue and groove joint is easy when you follow our simple step-by-step approach.

Weekend Project

11 / Lap Desk

This compact lap desk provides space inside to organize pencils and paper and a large stable surface to write on.

Feature Project

16 / Thicknessing Jig

You don’t need a planer to thickness stock accurately. All it takes is a hand-held router and this easy to build jig.


Small Shop

14 / Power Tools

Which power tools are best for the small shop? Full-size, benchtop, or combination tools?

Great Tips

20 / Glue-Up Tips

A collection of our best tips that includes everything from choosing the righ tglue to the best way to apply it.

Selecting Tools

22 / Table Saws

Our team tests six popular table saws and offers practical suggestions on selecting a saw that will suit your needs.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Shop-tested solutions from our readers on their most common woodworking problems. Plus two quick tips.


30 / Softwood Grades

Building a project out of softwood? Understanding the different lumber grades can affect its cost and appearance.

Finishing Room

31 / Water-Based Top Coats

A durable finish that’s easy to use. And no messy cleanup. All this makes water-based top coats worth a close look.

32 / Scenes from the Shop