ShopNotes Magazine

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Storage Solutions

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14 / Wall-Mounted Shop Cabinet

Basic construction and low-cost materials are the key to this handy storage project.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

20 / Easy-to-Build Drill Press Table

Skip the bells and whistles. The strength of this drill press table is straightforward accuracy.

Weekend Project

24 / Shop Stool

This short stool seats you at just the right height for a wide range of shop tasks.

Hands-On Technique

28 / Layout Tips & Tricks

Learn a few basic, no-math skills that make it a snap to handle common shop geometry.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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32 / Router Molding Jig

A handful of hardware and some scrap material are all you need to create intricate curved and straight moldings with your router.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Gap-Free Miters Guaranteed

Create dead-on miters for small projects with a chamfer bit and your router table.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Precision Miter Boxes

Cut accurate miters by hand? With a precision miter box, it couldn’t be easier.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Choosing Pocket Screws

Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right pocket screw for the job.

Shop Shortcuts

30 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

40 / Rabbeted Lap Joints

Follow this step-by-step process and you’ll be making foolproof frames in less time.

In The Shop

42 / Saw Blade Sharpening

Great cuts start with a sharp blade. Here’s a look at how saw blades are sharpened.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Essential Shop Tools

If you’re just setting up a shop, you really only need a few key tools to get started.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Table Saw Safety

Crosscutting with your miter gauge and rip fence — we separate the myths from the facts.

Great Gear

48 / Low-Cost Shop Helpers

These handy new products will improve your time in the shop but won’t break the bank.


50 / QA
52 / Scenes from the Shop