ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

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Cover ShopNotes No. 129


Weekend Workshop

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14 / Custom Oval Tool Handles

Off-center turning is the key to making these oval tool handles. The end result will fit your hand perfectly.

Shop-Built Machines

18 / All-New — Carving Duplicator

Making duplicate parts can be a challenge. This shop-built fixture uses a compact router to make the task quick and easy.

Fine Tools

30 / Must-Have Try Squares

In just a weekend, you can combine elegant brass and fine hardwood to create a pair of classic squares that will last a lifetime.

Storage Solutions

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34 / Do-It-All Planer Cart

This planer cart has everything you need — storage, workpiece support, and mobility.

Hands-On Technique

40 / Tips & Tricks for Smoothing Curves

We’ ll show you the tools and techniques you need to create smooth surfaces on any curve.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Problem-Solving Router Bits

These screw slot bits are the key to building projects that allow for wood movement.

In The Shop

10 / A Saw You Can't Do Without

Every shop should have a coping saw on hand for cutting curves and other small details.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Plastic Laminate — Miracle Material

When it comes to building shop projects, plastic laminate is a must-have material.

Hands-On Technique

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24 / Using the Carving Duplicator

Unlock the potential of the carving duplicator

Shop Shortcuts

28 / Shop Short Cuts

Setting Up Shop

42 / Get a Rock-Solid Grip Without a Vise

There’s more than one way to hold a workpiece securely. Check out these handy solutions.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / Choosing the Right Saw

From benchtop to hybrid and cabinet models, here are the basics on choosing a table saw.

Great Gear

46 / Modular Storage for Your Shop

Organize your shop now with these stackable and versatile containers.

50 / Q&A

Scenes from the Shop

52 / Scenes from the shop