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Quick & Easy Router Table Quick & Easy Router Table

No-Fuss Drawers on the Router Table No-Fuss Drawers on the Router Table

Hardware Organizer Hardware Organizer

Table Saw Miter Sled Table Saw Miter Sled


Weekend Project

Online Extra
18 / Quick & Easy Router Table

With just a single sheet of plywood and a handful of hardware, you can build a top-notch router table in a weekend. Later, you can upgrade it with a support stand, doors, and drawers.

Hands-On Technique

26 / No-Fuss Drawers on the Router Table

Building drawers doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can build a sold drawer quickly and easily with just a single router bit.

Storage Solutions

28 / Hardware Organizer

Keeping track of the small stuff can be a challenge. Build this hardware organizer and you’ll be able to find just what you need in no time at all.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

34 / Table Saw Miter Sled

Are perfect miter cuts just a dream? With this sled, you’ll be cutting dead-on miters every time.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Top 10 Router Table Accessories

Take your router table to the next level with these inexpensive, must-have accessories.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Precision Miter Bars

You’ll appreciate the usefulness of these miter bars any time you build a jig or fixture.

Jigs & Accessories

14 / Choosing Brad Point Bits

Not all brad point bits are the same. Find out what separates the best from the rest.

Shop Shortcuts

16 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

32 / Flat Panels Fast

Flat, smooth panels in an hour — all you need are a belt sander and these simple steps.

In The Shop

40 / Splinter-Free Cuts in Plywood

Learn all you need to know to get clean, splinter-free cuts in plywood time after time.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Versatile Pegboard

Put pegboards to use in your shop this weekend with these seven handy ideas.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Setting up for Safe Ripping

Here’s what you need to know to make safe rip cuts on the table saw a sure thing.

Great Gear

46 / Zero-Clearance Inserts

Want to improve the cut of your table saw? We take a look at zero-clearance inserts.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Handy Hang-Ups

Conquering the clutter in a garage isn’t a problem with this handy organizing system.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop