ShopNotes Magazine

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Cover ShopNotes No. 68

Benchtop Tool Organizer Benchtop Tool Organizer

Horizontal Mortising Machine Horizontal Mortising Machine

Roll-Around Shop Cart Roll-Around Shop Cart


Shop Project

6 / Benchtop Tool Organizer

Does a cluttered workbench keep you from doing your best work? Not anymore. With our tool organizer you’ll have all your tools within easy reach — and a cleaner benchtop too.

In The Shop

10 / Jig Saw Blades

Don’t give jig saw blades a lot of thought? Well, maybe you should. We’ll show you how to pick the right blade for the job.

Feature Project

Online Extra
12 / Horizontal Mortising Machine

Our all-new, shop-built mortising machine lets you rout perfect mortises every time. A table that moves in two directions and a carriage that slides in and out allow you to set up and cut a mortise in less than a minute.

Jigs & Accessories

22 / Materials & Hardware for Shop Jigs

A shop-made jig can make your woodworking easier, faster, and more precise. Learn what materials and hardware we use day in and day out when we build our jigs.

Shop Project

Online Extra
26 / Roll-Around Shop Cart

Moving a pile of workpieces around the shop can be a hassle. Or if you’re working at one tool, it’s nice to have an extra worksurface to help keep everything organized. With our roll-around shop cart, both problems are solved.


4 / Readers' Tips

Shop-tested tips to solve common woodworking problems.

32 / Shop Talk

For only $20 you can dramatically improve the accuracy of your shop tools. Here’s what you need to know about dial indicators.

34 / Tool Chest

Porter Cable’s 690 router has been a workhorse in our shop for years. Find out what makes their updated model an even better choice for your workshop.

36 / Scenes from the Shop