ShopNotes Magazine

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Shop Project

6 / Miter Saw Station

This miter saw station will spoil you. When you raise the folding wings, two extension tables provide all the support you need for cutting long workpieces. And with a flip-up stop block that slides along a fence, you can make precision cuts without measuring and marking.

In The Shop

14 / Miter Saw Tune-Up

It’s easy to keep your power miter saw running smoothly and accurately. All it takes is some routine maintenance and a few basic adjustments.

Feature Project

16 / Low-Speed Grinding Jig

You can get razor sharp edges on your plane irons and jointer knives with this shop-built grinding jig. Along with a grinding wheel that’s chucked in the drill press and spinning at low speed, it gives you complete control over every step of the grinding process.


Tips & Techniques

4 / Readers' Tips

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips: Magnetic Resaw Fence, Leg Leveler, String Clamp, Speed Control, and a tip for Hanging Full-Overlay Doors.

Selecting Tools

24 / Compound Miter Saws

Thinking about buying a compound miter saw? Our three-man team tests four popular models and offers practical suggestions on the best one to buy.

Finishing Room

28 / Shellac

Shellac has been around for years — and there’s a good reason for it. Besides providing plenty of protection, it’s extremely easy to apply. This “old timer” also provides solutions to many modern finishing problems.

Tips From Our Shop

30 / Shop Solutions

Whether you’re building the projects in this issue or another one altogether, this collection of tips from the guys in our shop is sure to come in handy.

32 / Scenes from the Shop