ShopNotes Magazine

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Hands-On Technique

16 / Notch & Tenon Joinery

A classic look and strong joints are only a few saw cuts away. We’ll show you how.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

18 / Band Saw Template Jig

This upgrade speeds up the process of making multiple contoured workpieces.

Storage Solutions

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24 / Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet

Here’s your chance to build a storage cabinet worthy of showing off your favorite tools.

Weekend Project

Online Extra
30 / Drop Side Tool Tote

There’s more to this tote than meets the eye. You’ll find ample storage space hidden inside.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

38 / Router Table Dovetail Key Jig

This easy-to-use jig allows you to add decorative splines to a miter joint.


Readers' Tips

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4 / Readers’ Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Using Edge Guides

Follow these tips to get more use out of this essential router accessory.

Jigs & Accessories

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10 / Doweling Jig

We’ll give you the rundown on what to look for to get the best results with dowel joinery.

Materials & Hardware

14 / Load-Lightening Lid Stays

Choosing the right lid stay for your project is just a matter of understanding the options.

Shop Shortcuts

22 / Shop Short Cuts

Hands-On Technique

36 / Secrets to Locating Hinges

Learn how to make your project look its best with these simple guidelines and tips.

In The Shop

42 / Riffler Rasps & Files

Find out what makes these tools a “must-have” for fine detail and cleanup work.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Handy, Hardworking Awls

We’ll get right to the point on understanding and using the different types of awls.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Choosing the Right Rip Blade

There’s more than one type of rip blade. Here’s how to find the blade that suits your needs.

Great Gear

48 / Pocket Hole System

This new jig makes quick work of creating strong and sturdy joints.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop