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Dream Shop Project

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12 / Torsion Box Workbench

We’ll show you how to build a strong, stable workbench from inexpensive materials. And using a time-tested design, the top will remain dead flat for years to come.

Storage Solutions

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24 / Hardware Cabinet

Storing hardware is always a challenge. This compact cabinet is just the solution for organizing a wide range of supplies.

Fine Tools

32 / Custom Scrapers

Get a glass-smooth surface ready for a finish with these heirloom-quality hand tools.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

40 / Mortising Jig

Making mortises doesn’t have to be a hassle. With this easy-to-build jig, you can rout smooth, perfectly sized mortises every time.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Making Crown Molding

All it takes is a special router bit to make custom crown molding for all kinds of projects.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Dovetail Squares

Creating hand-cut dovetails starts with a good layout. These squares make it easy.

In The Shop

19 / Constructing a Torsion Box

Find out how to put this proven design to work building a strong, flat benchtop.

Shop Shortcuts

22 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

30 / Get More From Your Waterstones

Here’s what you need to know to tune up your waterstones for better sharpening results.

Setting Up Shop

38 / 5 Clamp Storage Solutions

You’ll find a place to store all your clamps with these handy storage projects.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Cutting Custom Dadoes

Perfect-fitting dadoes are guaranteed using a standard saw blade and this simple technique.

Great Gear

48 / What’s New in Saw Blades

Take a look at some options for smooth cuts, perfect parts, and tight joinery.


50 / Q & A