ShopNotes Magazine

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Storage Solutions

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16 / Roll-Around Shop Cart

The handy features built into this mobile cart make it a must-have for any size shop. The outfeed supports can be adjusted to suit a wide range of needs. Plus, the clamp rack and two drawers offer valuable storage.

Fine Tools

24 / Shop-Made Hand Planes

This pair of finely crafted hand planes covers the bulk of your planing needs. They won’t take much time or material to build. But you’re sure to find yourself using them every day.

Hands-On Technique

34 / Sharpening a Plane Iron

Try your hand at sharpening a plane iron without a honing guide. Here’s a simple and fast technique for a razor-sharp edge.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

36 / Multipurpose Taper Jig

This shop-built jig will handle tapers, angles, and ripping a straight edge. Best of all, you can build it in an afternoon.


4 / Readers' Tips
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8 / Making Raised Panel Doors

All it takes is a set of templates and the right router bits to create striking, shaped doors. We show you how to get the best results.

Great Gear

12 / Rigid JobMax

For all-around usefulness, you won’t find more bang for the buck than this versatile multitool.

Materials & Hardware

14 / All About Woodscrews

There are more things to consider about screws than length. Here’s what you need to know.

Shop Shortcuts

22 / Shop Short Cuts

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

In The Shop

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42 / Layout Tips & Tricks

Learn a few handy ways to get more use out of an ordinary framing square.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Must-Have Small Clamps

Every shop needs clamps. We’ll show you a set of clamps suitable for any size shop.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Custom Table Saw Sleds

You can improve the results you get at the table saw with a simple sled design. Build one, two, or three to suit a number of tasks.

Jigs & Accessories

48 / Drill Doctor & Work Sharp

Put a sharp edge on a wide range of drill bits and cutting tools with these products.

52 / Scenes from the Shop