ShopNotes Magazine

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Dream Shop Project

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14 / Heirloom Tool Chest

This high-style tool chest stores and organizes your hand tools. And it’s made from low-cost materials and simple joinery.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

24 / Band Saw Circle-Cutting Jig

Creating perfect circles is a snap with this simple jig you can build in an afternoon.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

30 / Folding Router Table

With this space-saving, portable router table, you don’t have to sacrifice functionality. It has all the full-size features you’d expect.

Weekend Project

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38 / Shooting Board

Fine-tuning a joint for a gap-free fit couldn’t be easier with this shop-built jig.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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44 / Locking Rabbet Jig

Cutting the joinery for drawers is a whole lot easier with this versatile table saw sled.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Bit Storage Solutions

Finding a home for your router bits is easy with these handy storage options.

Great Gear

10 / Shop Aprons

Learn what features to look for when it’s time to upgrade your worn-out apron.

Materials & Hardware

12 / All About Engineered Veneers

This material is the key to getting great looking projects without breaking the bank.

Tips From Our Shop

22 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

28 / Better Results with Forstner Bits

We’ll show how to get the most out of any Forstner bit with a few simple tips and tricks.

Setting Up Shop

36 / Finishing Tips & Supplies

The secret to applying a great finish is the right supplies and a few handy tips.

In The Shop

42 / Creating Veneered Panels

Here’s a quick and easy way to add veneer to a project and dress up the look.

Mastering the Table Saw

47 / One-Setup Drawer Joints

Follow these step-by-step procedures to create a super-strong drawer with your choice of joinery.

52 / Scenes from the Shop