ShopNotes Magazine

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Dream Shop Project

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12 / Heirloom Workbench

This classic workbench features a solid worksurface, a heavy-duty vise, and a variety of useful storage options. It’s a workbench that will not only work hard but also look great for years to come.

Hands-On Technique

22 / Adding Custom Butterfly Keys

Don’t toss split, cracked, or checked boards. Highlight them in your next project with this unique, attractive solution.

Weekend Project

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26 / Space Saving Miter Saw Station

Turn your miter saw into an ultra-portable workstation with this knock-down design. Setup is quick and easy. Plus, the extensions automatically lock in straight and level.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

34 / Precision Router Bases

Take your palm router to the next level of precision routing with a pair of custom baseplates. Common materials are all it takes.


Readers' Tips

4 / Readers’ Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Sliding Dovetails

Your half-blind dovetail jig is a great option for creating foolproof sliding dovetails.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Protecting Your Hands

Keep your hands clean and in tip-top shape with these must-have items.

Shop Shortcuts

24 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

32 / Cutting Slots the Easy Way

Creating smooth, straight slots doesn’t have to be a hassle. This step-by-step process is the key.

In The Shop

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40 / Tools for Perfect Miters

These two simple hand plane jigs are the secret to creating tight-fitting miters.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Storage Solutions for Every Shop

Check out these practical ideas for getting more out of the space around your workbench.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Safer Cuts with a Riving Knife

A riving knife provides the best combination of safety and ease of use. Here’s why.

Great Gear

48 / Workshop Solutions

Make quick work of a few challenging shop tasks with these unique items.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop