ShopNotes Magazine

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Storage Solutions

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12 / Dovetailed Tool Tote

With its unique locking drawer system, this tool tote solves the problem of keeping your hand tools organized yet portable.

Dream Shop Project

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18 / All-New Lathe Stand

Strong and sturdy, the design of this stand will accommodate any midi-lathe and its extension. Plus, it’s built with low-cost materials and simple joinery, and features versatile storage options.

Handy Shop Upgrades

24 / Thin Pieces — Safe & Accurate

A drill press is the perfect solution for creating smooth, thin stock for your next project.

Weekend Project

28 / Quick & Easy Sharpening Tray

Keep your waterstones secure during use and contain the mess with this unique tray.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

30 / Our Best Bench Vise Ever

This shop-built, benchtop vise is the best way to solve the problem of securely holding odd-shaped workpieces at a comfortable height.


Readers' Tips

4 / Tips for your Shop

Router Workshop

8 / 3 Can’t-Miss Router Table Add-Ons

Great results at the router table are easy using any of these simple fence designs.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / High-Tech Tools for Woodworking

Work smarter and faster in the shop with a set of handy smartphone applications.

Shop Shortcuts

26 / Shop Short Cuts

Hands-On Technique

38 / Perfect Mortises in Half the Time

These simple tips and tricks are all it takes to get the most from a mortising machine.

In The Shop

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40 / Classic Tools Earn Their Keep

Braces and hand drills might seem old school, but new accessories turn them into go-to tools.

Materials & Hardware

42 / Industrial-Grade Extrusions

This extruded aluminum product is a sure way to make better, more accurate jigs and fixtures.

Setting Up Shop

44 / One Stop Sanding — Here's How

When it comes right down to it, there’s one sander you can rely on for all your needs.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Hidden Joinery Technique

This modified version of a tongue and dado joint gives rock-solid results.

Great Gear

48 / Cutting Edge Tools

Learn all about the new features and capabilities of these upgraded utility knives.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop