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Perfect Rails & Stiles — One Bit Perfect Rails & Stiles — One Bit

Table Saw Workcenter Table Saw Workcenter

Heavy-Duty Workbench Heavy-Duty Workbench

Palm Router Fluting Jig Palm Router Fluting Jig


Dream Shop Project

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16 / Table Saw Workcenter

Upgrade your contractor’s saw by building this custom workcenter. With a large worksurface, loads of storage, dust collection, and a handy built-in router table, you’ll be able to handle any project. Plus, there’s an optional table for extra outfeed support and even more storage.

Hands-On Technique

28 / 5 Shop-Made Pulls

Want a new look for your shop cabinets and projects? With just a little time and some scrap wood, you can make all the pulls you need.

Weekend Workshop

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30 / Heavy-Duty Workbench

This workbench has it all — a rock-solid base, large top, and it’s inexpensive to make. All you need are a few sheets of MDF, some “two-by” stock, and a handful of hardware.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

36 / Palm Router Fluting Jig

Adding flutes is a great way to dress up a project. This shop-made jig makes it easy to rout consistent flutes quickly.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

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8 / Perfect Rails & Stiles — One Bit

Creating a rail and stile joint doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We’ll show you how with a slot-cutter bit and one fence setting.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Working with Plastic Laminate

Here’s what you need to know to get the best results when you use plastic laminate on your projects, shop jigs, and fixtures.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Upgrade Your Jointer

Looking to get less tearout and smoother cuts with your jointer? A spiral cutterhead might be the answer you’re looking for.

Shop Shortcuts

14 / Shop Short Cuts

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

In The Shop

40 / 12 Tips for Measuring & Marking

Measuring and marking is an essential skill for successfully building any project. Here are a dozen foolproof tips for doing it right.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Easy-to-Build Table Saw Storage

Need more storage? You’d be surprised how easy it is to create some around your table saw.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Table Saw Molding Head

With a molding head and just a few cutters, you can easily create a wide range of profiles.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Taking off the Chill

Woodworking in a cold shop isn’t fun. Learn all you need to know about adding a little heat.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop