ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

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Fine Tools

12 / Traditional Scratch Stock

This shop-made tool is the key to adding decorative details to your next project. Build it in the morning and use it in the afternoon.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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16 / All-in-One Sharpening Center

This wall-mounted station is a snap to customize with grinding and buffing wheels to suit your needs now and down the road.

Hands-On Technique

22 / Getting a Razor-Sharp Edge

Buffing wheels, leather, and the right honing compound are the keys to creating a razorsharp edge on a wide range of tools.

Dream Shop Project

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26 / Drop-Down Table Saw Cabinet

This space-saving workcenter keeps your table saw out of the way but ready to go. Build the matching storage cabinet and workbench to create the ultimate workcenter.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Dust-Free Routing

We take a look at three simple ways to deal with dust and chips from hand-held routers.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / All About Hole Saws

The solution to drilling large, accurate holes is a hole saw. Here’s what you need to know.

Shop Shortcuts

24 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

38 / Creating a Perfect Profile

Create one-of-a-kind, custom profiles using a scratch stock and these simple steps.

In The Shop

40 / Inexpensive Toolbox Saws

Making quick, accurate cuts by hand is easy with these affordable tools.

Materials & Hardware

42 / Using Prefinished Plywood

Minimize the hassle of building cabinets by using prefinished plywood.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Space-Saving Hardware Storage

Keep your hardware organized in one spot with these great, low-cost ideas

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / The Secrets to Dead-On Cuts

Learn what it takes to cut precise workpieces every time you use your table saw.

Great Gear

48 / Earlex Spray Finishing System

This easy-to-use system is a great way to get consistently smooth finishing results.


50 / Waxing about Shellac