ShopNotes Magazine

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Cover ShopNotes No. 100

Router Insert Plates Router Insert Plates

Dado Blade Essentials Dado Blade Essentials

Precision Mortising Table Precision Mortising Table

Cordless Tool Station Cordless Tool Station


Dream Shop Project

Online Extra
18 / Ultimate Router Table

This router table might just be the last one you’ll ever need to build. It’s loaded with storage, has a built-in dust collection system, and moves easily. Plus, the fence has a micro-adjust for “dialing in” accuracy.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

30 / Precision Mortising Table

Take your mortising machine to the next level with this shop-built table. A dual sliding rod system allows for precise positioning and effortless mortising.

Hands-On Technique

38 / Easy Shop-Made Dowels

You may never need to buy dowels again. With this simple step-by-step process, you can make your own dowels in minutes.

Weekend Workshop

40 / Cordless Tool Station

Keep your cordless drills, chargers, and other tools organized in this easy-to-build, wallmounted station. The handy drawer provides even more storage for all your accessories.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Rabbeting on the Router Table

Perfect rabbets? You bet. Here’s what you need to know to do it on the router table.

Materials & Hardware

10 / 3 Solutions for Wax Protection

The secret to protecting surfaces and making your shop tools work better is just a matter of choosing and using the right wax.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Router Insert Plates

The insert plate you select may well determine how well your router table works. Learn the ins and outs of what makes a good insert plate.

Hands-On Technique

16 / The Secrets to Flat Stock

Starting with flat stock is essential for successful woodworking. We’ll show you how to do it right.

Tips From Our Shop

28 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Setting Up Shop

44 / Creating Custom Tool Storage

Protect your fine tools with a custom-fit, lined drawer insert. All it takes is an afternoon.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Dado Blade Essentials

Get more from your table saw with a dado blade and a few simple tips.

Great Gear

48 / Top-Notch Pocket Hole Jig

Pocket hole joinery is quick and reliable. Learn how the Kreg K3 makes it even easier.


50 / Q & A
52 / Scenes from the Shop