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Cover ShopNotes No. 103

Routing Large Holes: 3 Methods Routing Large Holes: 3 Methods

Ripping on the Band Saw Ripping on the Band Saw

Sharpening Center Sharpening Center

Rip Fence Accessory System Rip Fence Accessory System


Hands-On Technique

14 / Ripping on the Band Saw

Sometimes the band saw is the right tool for ripping a workpiece. We’ll show you some tips and tricks for improving your band saw skills.

Storage Solutions

Online Extra
16 / Sharpening Center

Storing and using your sharpening equipment has never been easier. This simple cabinet keeps it all under control.

Dream Shop Project

Online Extra
24 / Mobile Sanding Station

When teamed up with your dust collector, this roll-around station makes sanding virtually dust-free and keeps the air in your shop clean.

Weekend Workshop

30 / Portable Sandpaper Storage

Keep your rolls of sandpaper handy with this easy-to-build dispenser box.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

34 / Rip Fence Accessory System

Your table saw’s rip fence serves as the backbone for these must-have add-ons.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Routing Large Holes: 3 Methods

Discover our handy techniques for creating clean and smooth holes.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Choosing & Using T-Track

Find out about the latest products for building accurate and easy-to-use jigs and fixtures.

Tips From Our Shop

22 / Shop Short Cuts

Try out these shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Edging a Plywood Case

Here, you’ll find ways to dress up your plywood projects for the best appearance.

In The Shop

40 / Cutting Diagrams

We’ll answer your questions and take the mystery out of these useful guides.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Our 5 Favorite Push Blocks

Safety and convenience are top priority with these handy, shop-made helpers.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Top-Notch Tongue & Dado

You’ll see why this is one of our favorite joints for building strong and sturdy projects.

Great Gear

48 / What’s New in Sanding

Learn about some unique abrasives you can put to use with your orbital sander today.


50 / Q & A
51 / Sources
52 / Scenes from the Shop