ShopNotes Magazine

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Storage Solutions

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14 / Compact Tool Shelf

This wall-mounted shelf will keep your most-often used tools close at hand.

Fine Tools

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18 / Infill Smoothing Plane

Beauty and utility come together in this great-looking smoothing plane.

Hands-On Technique

26 / Logs to Lumber

Use your band saw to turn backyard logs into specialty lumber perfect for small projects.

Weekend Project

30 / Plywood Lumber Rack

Cutting sheet goods down to size is a snap with this easy-to-use cutting rack.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

34 / Router Lift

A handful of parts and hardware is all you need to make your own precision router lift.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Mortises Made Easy

Smooth, accurate mortises are easy at the router table. We’ll show you how.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Eliminate Rust with Wire Wheels

Here’s what you need to know about choosing and using wire wheels and brushes in the shop.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Go Mobile with Casters

Make better use of the space in your shop by going mobile. The right casters make it a snap.

Tips From Our Shop

28 / Shop Short Cuts

Hands-On Technique

40 / Hybrid Dovetails

Power and hand tools are a great one-two punch when it comes to cutting dovetails.

In The Shop

42 / Traditional Oil Finishes

Get a great look on any project with traditional, easy-to-apply oil finishes.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Tool Cabinet Makeover

These five easy upgrades will turn any metal tool cabinet into a shop workhorse.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Dealing with Dust

Corral the dust from your table saw with these handy tips and tricks.

Great Gear

48 / Spray Adhesives

Glue from a spray can? Here’s the latest in getting stronger bonds the easy way.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop