ShopNotes Magazine

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Cover ShopNotes No. 87

Router Sled Router Sled

Custom Sanding Block Custom Sanding Block

Hobby Chest Hobby Chest

Knock-Down Workstation Knock-Down Workstation


Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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16 / Router Sled

This sled makes it easy to cut precision joinery on the router table — quickly and safely.

Hands-On Technique

20 / Tenons on the Band Saw

Get more from your band saw. We’ll show you how to set up for cutting perfect tenons.

Weekend Workshop

22 / Custom Sanding Block

This handy tool keeps a firm grip on your sandpaper and fits into tight corners.

Storage Solutions

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26 / Hobby Chest

Combine a tool chest and small workbench into one compact package.

Weekend Workshop

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32 / Knock-Down Workstation

No matter what the task, you can set up or take down this workstation in minutes.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Router Table Edge Jointing

Put a clean, square edge on any workpiece with this simple router table technique.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Choosing Plywood for the Shop

Take a look at a few plywood choices you may not know about.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Working with Metal Detectors

Protect your bits and blades. Find out how to put metal detectors to work in your shop.

Shop Shortcuts

14 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

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24 / Mastering the Hand Scraper

Learn the simple process that will have your scraper taking fine shavings in minutes.

In The Shop

38 / What to Look for in Router Lifts

With these precision lifts, you’ll never have to reach under your router table again.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Small Parts Storage

A few of these drawer inserts can help you take control of your shop storage.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Perfect-Fitting Raised Panels

Raised panels on the table saw? We’ll show you just how straightforward it is.

Great Gear

46 / What's New in Pipe Clamps

New features and a few accessories will make this old shop standby more essential than ever.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Tile Floors

A simple upgrade that will make working in your garage more comfortable.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop