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Cover ShopNotes No. 108

Through Dovetails Through Dovetails

Sheet Metal Bending Brake Sheet Metal Bending Brake

Hobby Bench Hobby Bench

Hand-Cut Tenons Hand-Cut Tenons


Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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14 / Sheet Metal Bending Brake

This easy-to-build bending brake opens up a whole new avenue for making projects out of sheet metal. You’ll even find a few project ideas to get you started.

Storage Solutions

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24 / Hobby Bench

Every hobby needs a dedicated space and an ample worksurface. This bench provides just the right solution for a wide range of hobbies.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Hand-Cut Tenons

Cutting tenons with a hand saw is a great way to build your hand tool skills. Here’s the step-by-step process for doing it right.

Weekend Project

34 / Super Sawhorses

These sawhorses are beefy enough for the most demanding tasks in your shop. Best of all, they’ll only take a weekend to build.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

46 / Table Saw Dovetail Jig

This shop-built jig makes it easy to cut both the tails and pins to create a snug-fitting dovetail joint that’s quick, easy, and accurate.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Routing Slots

A router table makes quick work of making stopped cuts. Learn the tricks to getting great results every time.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Tools for Working with Metal

Working with sheet metal requires just a handful of tools. Here’s what you need to get started.

Hands-On Technique

12 / Perfect Mitered Edging

Wrapping mitered edging perfectly around a panel can be a challenge. Here’s a straightforward technique for flawless results.

22 / Shop Shortcuts

Check out our shop-tested tips and techniques for solving your woodworking problems.

In The Shop

38 / Fast Fillers — Flawless Coverups

Flaws are a fact of life. But with the right filler, you can make them disappear

Mastering the Table Saw

40 / Through Dovetails

Cutting dovetails on the table saw doesn’t seem possible. But with a simple jig and step-by-step process, you’ll be cutting great-looking dovetails in no time at all.

Great Gear

48 / The Latest Cool Tools

These products deserve a place in every shop. Take a look at the latest tools that caught our eye.


50 / Q & A

Have a woodworking or shop-related question? Send it in and we’ll answer it here.

52 / Scenes from the Shop