ShopNotes Magazine

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Fine Tools

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14 / Heirloom Back Saw

Making your own hand saw is easier than you think. With a few simple techniques, you’ll create a high-quality, heirloom tool.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

18 / Saw Blade Filing Jig

Storage Solutions

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24 / Space-Saving Workshop

Simple joinery and inexpensive plywood is all it takes to turn any wall into an efficient work and storage area for all your tools.

Storage Solutions

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30 / Drop-Down Router Table

A unique design allows this router table to be used over any workbench and easily stored.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

36 / Super-Charge a Shop Vacuum

Increase the usefulness of your shop vacuum with a handy upgrade and roll-around cart.

Weekend Project

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42 / Folding Lumber Racks

Keeping your project lumber organized is a cinch with these simple lumber racks. You can build a pair from just one sheet of plywood.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Routing Shelf Pin Holes

Use your plunge router as a precision drilling machine for evenly spaced shelf pin holes.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / A Look at Coping Sleds

Get the scoop on what features to look for and how you can get better results.

Hands-On Technique

12 / Using Gel Varnish

You’ll get a fast, flawless finish with this durable, easy-to-apply varnish.

Tips From Our Shop

22 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

34 / Plugging Screw Holes

Disguise countersunk screws with couple of common bits and a simple technique.

In The Shop

40 / Choosing Shop Knives

Find out what you need to know to select the best knife for your shop.

Setting Up Shop

44 / 5 Tips to Get More from Your Planer

Turn your planer into a multi-purpose tool with these simple tips, jigs, and fixtures.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Decorative Splined Miters

Get extraordinary, eye-catching results all while strengthening a mitered joint.

Great Gear

48 / Dust Collection Accessories

Learn how a few simple accessories can help keep your shop clean and dust-free.


50 / Q & A
52 / Scenes from the Shop