ShopNotes Magazine

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Cover ShopNotes No. 97

Tuning Up Your Router Table Tuning Up Your Router Table

Easy, Accurate Tenons with a Router Easy, Accurate Tenons with a Router

Hassle-Free, Precision Crosscuts Hassle-Free, Precision Crosscuts

Before & After Shop Upgrade Before & After Shop Upgrade


Hands-On Technique

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14 / Sanding Drum Tips & Tricks

Learn the techniques, must-have tips, and simple tricks to help you get smooth curves and square edges with your sanding drums.

Storage Solutions

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16 / Before & After Shop Upgrade

With a few sheets of plywood, MDF, some 2x4s, and common hardware, you can build this complete storage system and workcenter. It’s designed for maximum utility in a minimum amount of space. Plus, you can customize it to suit your needs and shop layout.

Fine Tools

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30 / Precision Beam Compass

You can build this classic, precision layout tool in a weekend. Its simple construction and durability means it will last a lifetime.

Weekend Workshop

36 / Shop Stool

Sit in comfort at your workbench on this adjustable-height stool. Curved legs and metal footrests add good looks and stability.


Readers' Tips

4 / From our Readers

Router Workshop

8 / Tuning Up Your Router Table

All it takes are a few simple steps to guarantee success at your router table.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / All About Circular Saw Blades

Learn what to look for when shopping for a saw blade for this important shop tool.

Tips From Our Shop

28 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

34 / Easy, Accurate Tenons with a Router

Cutting a tenon on the end of a long workpiece can be tricky. A simple jig and a router is all you need to get great results.

In The Shop

42 / Choosing & Using Compact Drivers

Find out why you need and when to use this new breed of small drivers in your shop.

Shop Profile

44 / Top 10 Drill Bits for Your Shop

Choosing the right bit for the job at hand can be a challenge. Here’s what to look for.

Mastering the Table Saw

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46 / Hassle-Free, Precision Crosscuts

With the proper setup and the right techniques, you’ll get perfect crosscuts every time.

Great Gear

48 / Super-Sharp, Super-Fast

Find out how the WorkSharp WS3000 can breathe new life into your edge tools.


50 / Versatile Shop Solvents
52 / Scenes from the Shop