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Cover ShopNotes No. 90

Using a Plunge Router Using a Plunge Router

Roll-Around Work Cart Roll-Around Work Cart

3-in-1 Multi-Tool 3-in-1 Multi-Tool

All-Purpose Layout Tool All-Purpose Layout Tool


Storage Solutions

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18 / Roll-Around Work Cart

A “shop-in-a-box” perfectly describes this roll-around work cart. With eight drawers and open shelves with easy access, everything is right where you need it. Plus, the large worksurface comes in handy for all kinds of shop tasks.

Weekend Workshop

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28 / 3-in-1 Multi-Tool

This router table packs a lot of big-time features into a compact package. Using an ordinary palm router, you can accurately rout, mortise, and joint both small and large workpieces.

Fine Tools

34 / All-Purpose Layout Tool

Featuring a set of replaceable keys, this layout tool serves a wide range of uses — whether you’re laying out dovetails or mortises, or checking the thickness of freshly planed stock.

In The Shop

38 / Putting Air Power to Use in the Shop

Tired of tangled and in-the-way air hoses? Make using your compressor more efficient by piping your shop for air. Here’s what you need to know to set up a compressed air system.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

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8 / Using a Plunge Router

A plunge router is a versatile tool. Learn what you need to know to get the most out of it.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Tool Steel

Does the type of steel in your chisels or plane irons really make a difference? Here’s the answer.

Jigs & Accessories

14 / "Ultimate" Drilling Guide

Accurately installed hardware or perfectly spaced shelf pin holes — it’s a snap with this precision drilling guide.

Shop Shortcuts

16 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

26 / Gluing Up a Panel

Take the hassle and worry out of gluing up a flat panel with our simple, five-step process.

Setting Up Shop

42 / 5 Space-Saving Worksurfaces

Need an extra worksurface? We feature five ideas that will work in any size shop.

Mastering the Table Saw

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44 / Tough Cuts Made Easy

Cutting small parts on the table saw can be quite a challenge. These tips and techniques provide solutions for doing it easily and safely.

Great Gear

48 / 20 Cool Tools for Under $50

You’re sure to find the perfect gift in this collection of stocking-stuffers.

52 / Scenes from the Shop