ShopNotes Magazine

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Weekend Workshop

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14 / 5 Money-Saving, Shop-Made Clamps

Why buy specialty clamps when you can make them yourself? These five clamps solve some challenging clamping tasks.

Weekend Workshop

20 / Handy Roll-Around Shop Stool

Take a load off your feet and back with this easy-to-build shop stool. The open design keeps tools close at hand while you work.

Hands-On Technique

24 / No-Muss, No-Fuss Finishing

With the right tools and techniques, a water-based finish is the quick way to a great result.

Dream Shop Project

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28 / Power Tool Workbench

This heavy-duty workstation features a large worksurface, ample storage, and a cordless tool recharging shelf. If you’re a power tool user, then this bench is for you.

Storage Solutions

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34 / Quick & Easy Cutoff Bin

Keeping cutoffs and small pieces of sheet goods organized is always a hassle. This mobile storage bin provides the solution.


Readers' Tips

4 / Readers’ Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Secrets of Router Table Success

Here are some shop-tested options for mounting your router in a table.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Precision Joinery in Half the Time

The JessEm Pocket Mortise Mill II is a great way to create accurate mortises in short order.

Materials & Hardware

12 / Stronger Joints with Ease

Nails and brads have a place in the shop. Here’s how to get sturdy joints with them.

Tips From Our Shop

26 / Shop Short Cuts

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

In The Shop

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38 / High-Tech Routing: CNC Basics

High technology meets the workshop: Here’s a look at what you need to know.

Setting Up Shop

44 / 4 Simple Ways to Make It Mobile

Improve your shop by going mobile. These four options provide a solution for any shop.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / A New Tool for Tricky Cuts

MicroJig provides the answer to taming any kind of taper with their new Microdial jig.

Great Gear

48 / Our Top Picks for New Shop Tools

Check out the latest new products that make time in your shop more enjoyable.

50 / Q&A