ShopNotes Magazine

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Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

12 / Tenoning Jig

Tenons with smooth, flat cheeks result in stronger joints. This shop-built jig is quick to set up and guarantees dead-on results.

Weekend Workshop

18 / Tablet Case

This handy case will protect your tablet and make it a snap to use in your shop.

Storage Solutions

22 / Multifunction Storage Carts

These carts offer great storage options. Plus, there’s a flip-up wing to connect the carts and form an extra-large worksurface.

Hands-On Technique

28 / Creating Wood Threads

Add wood threads to a project? — You bet! Find out how to do it right.

Shop-Built Machines

32 / Shop-Built Belt Sander

This compact super tool is a great addition to any shop. It handles everything from sanding and grinding, to sharpening and honing.


Readers' Tips

4 / Tips for your Shop

Router Workshop

8 / Super-Strong Joinery

Solid assemblies are only a few steps away when you use tapered sliding dovetails.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Simple Tools for Rounding Edges

When it comes to softening an edge, a radius cutting tool is quick and accurate.

Shop Shortcuts

30 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Hands-On Technique

40 / Dealing with Twisted Lumber

Don’t throw away your twisted lumber. Follow this step-by-step process and turn it into useable stock.

In The Shop

42 / 5 Must-Have Shop Jigs

You’ll find that getting better results is just a matter of building some handy shop jigs.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Precision Straightedges

Learn how to get more accurate results by putting these simple tools to work in your shop.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Cutting Long Workpieces

Working with long workpieces doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here’s how we do it safely.

Great Gear

48 / Cool Foam Storage

Organize your shop with these low-cost, easy-to-customize storage solutions.


50 / Questions from our Readers