ShopNotes Magazine

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Miter Saw Upgrade — Laser Guides Miter Saw Upgrade — Laser Guides

Ultimate Sharpening Station Ultimate Sharpening Station

Sharpening Stone Holder Sharpening Stone Holder

Adjustable Spindle Sander Adjustable Spindle Sander


Storage Solutions

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16 / Ultimate Sharpening Station

This sharpening station features a sliding top, ample storage, and a basin for water. Everything you’ll need to keep your tools in top shape.

Weekend Workshop

24 / Sharpening Stone Holder

This stone holder is a great sharpening accessory. It’s adjustable and the wedge clamp that holds the stone in place is simple and fast.

Fine Tools

28 / Japanese Saw Handle Upgrade

We’ll show you how to cut and fit a new handle for your Japanese saw that not only looks good, but feels good as well.


30 / Great Results With a Circle Cutter

Cut a perfect hole or disk - once you know how to put this tool to work for you.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

32 / Adjustable Spindle Sander

Sanding curved edges was never so easy. This spindle sander uses common sanding sleeves that slip over shop-made drums.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Get a Grip on Collets

Small size, big job. Learn all you need to know about router collets.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Going Mobile with Casters

Want to make your shop “mobile?” Learn the key to buying and using casters.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / All About Twist Bits

Confused by the wide variety of twist bits? We’ll help you sort out the differences.

Shop Shortcuts

14 / Shop Short Cuts

Shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.

Hands-On Technique

26 / Perfect Half Laps on the Table Saw

Half-lap joints are easy to make, incredibly strong, great for face frames, and much more.

In The Shop

38 / Getting Connected with Air

The key to getting the most from your air compressor is choosing the right hoses and fittings.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Breathe Right for Safe Finishing

Protecting your health is important. Here’s what you need to know about respirators.

Mastering the Table Saw

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44 / Table Saw Pattern Cutting

Need help making hard-to-cut, identical parts? The secret is pattern cutting on the table saw.

Great Gear

46 / Miter Saw Upgrade — Laser Guides

For accurately lining up a cut on your miter saw, you can’t beat a laser.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Precision Parking Systems

Stop your car at the same spot — every time. All you need is a high-tech parking system.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop