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Cover ShopNotes No. 82

Get The Most from Your Grinder Get The Most from Your Grinder

Cutting Perfect Tapers Cutting Perfect Tapers

Miter Saw Workcenter Miter Saw Workcenter

Tool Tote Sawhorses Tool Tote Sawhorses


Storage Solutions

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16 / Miter Saw Workcenter

This project is the key to getting more out of your miter saw. It features loads of storage, a large worksurface, and an accurate stop and fence system for workpieces of all sizes.

Weekend Workshop

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28 / Tool Tote Sawhorses

Every shop needs a pair of sawhorses. These sawhorses have a handy, adjustable-height top. Plus, there’s storage for tools in the bottom well and a built-in hardware tray.

Fine Tools

32 / Precision Marking Gauges

Improve the accuracy of your layouts with this pair of shop-made marking gauges. Made with easy-to-work aluminum, they’re sure to be a welcome addition to your tool chest.


36 / Polishing & Protecting Aluminum

We’ll show you the step-by-step process it takes to make aluminum shine.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Better Results with Backrouting

Sometimes, routing the wrong way is the right thing to do. We’ll show you when to do it and how to do it safely.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Shelf Pins

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to supporting an adjustable shelf. The right shelf pins are the key.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Shelf Pin Hole Drilling Jigs

Tired of using a shop-built guide to drill shelf pin holes? A shelf pin drilling jig will give you perfect results time after time.

Tips From Our Shop

14 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

26 / Get The Most from Your Grinder

Don’t let your grinder sit gathering dust. Learn how to make it earn its keep.

In The Shop

38 / 15 Tips for Sanding Success

These handy tips will take the chore out of sanding and give you great results quickly.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Buying Clamps

Confused about what clamps you need? Here’s our choice on what to buy and why.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Cutting Perfect Tapers

The straight story on tapers. Here’s what you need to know to get the job done right.

Great Gear

46 / Cord Reels

The solution to getting power to your tools and storing extension cords is a cord reel.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Garage Lifts

Hoist systems are a great way to make use of the ceiling space in your garage.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop