ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Drill Press Counterweight

All it takes is finger pressure to move your drill press table once you’ve installed this simple couterweight.

Jigs & Accessories

6 / Pipe Clamp Rack

Keep your pipe clamps organized and right at hand with this easy to build wall-mounted rack.

Jigs & Accessories

7 / Radial Arm Saw Return

Make your radial arm saw safer to use with this accessory. It returns the blade after eat cut and keeps it there.

In The Shop

8 / Random-Orbit Sanders

A look at random-orbit sanders. What makes them different, how they work, and techniques for sanding.

Fine Tools

10 / Hand Plane

There’s nothing complicated about making your own hand plane. Especially when you start with a special blade set and build the plane around it.

Feature Project

16 / Portable Miter Saw Station

You can make your power miter saw safer and more accurate to use with this work station. A unique design offers support for long stock, yet knocks down easily for storage.


24 / Sharpening with Sandpaper

You can achieve a razor sharp edge on your hand tools with this quick and inexpensive technique.


Tips & Techniques

28 / Shop Solutions

Seven Shop-Tested Tips: Frame and Panel Jig, Sanding Belt Storage Rack, Tip for Clamping Edging, Plugging Mortises, Peel and Stick Veneer Tip, No-slip Waterstones, and a Guide for Power Sanding


30 / Plywood Grades

What the various grades of hardwood plywood mean. And how to use them to your advantage.

32 / Scenes from the Shop