ShopNotes Magazine

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Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

16 / Versatile Finger Joint Jig

Variably spaced and sized finger joints are a snap with this simple router jig.

Weekend Workshop

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20 / Steam-Age Shop Clock

It’s easy to lose track of time when working in the shop. This classic clock is the solution.

Storage Solutions

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24 / Rotary Tool Cabinet

Get more use out of your rotary tool and accessories with this compact workcenter.

Hands-On Technique

30 / Using a Smoothing Plane

A No. 3 smoothing plane is the answer to a wide range of shop tasks.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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34 / Must-Have Assembly Table

This assembly table features versatile clamping options, storage, and a dead-flat worksurface.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Super-Strong Edge Joints

Learn all about the router bits you can use to create never-fail edge joints.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Dowel-Making Jigs

These handy jigs allow you to make custom dowels to suit any project need.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Choosing & Using Concealed Hinges

Solve all your hinge needs with a single option? Here’s one hinge that just might do the trick.

Shop Shortcuts

32 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

40 / Lap Dovetail Joint

This easy-to-cut joint is the key to rock-solid case and furniture construction.

In The Shop

42 / New Uses for Your Old Miter Gauge

Turn that old miter gauge into a reliable workhorse with these shop-tested ideas.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Customizing a Shop

Make your shop a more comfortable place to work. Here’s what you need to know.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Two Blades — Perfect Tenons

Cut your tenon-making time in half with this creative technique that uses a pair of saw blades.

Great Gear

48 / What’s New in Routing

Learn more about the latest compact router kit and a couple of useful routing accessories.


50 / Defining Hardwoods & Softwoods