ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Adjustable Dado Jig

This shop-built jig offers a quick setup and guarantees a perfect fit when routing dadoes (or rabbets).

Hands-On Project

8 / Step Stool

Build this strong, sturdy stool in just a few hours with the help of our adjustable dado jig.


10 / Cutting Tenons on a Band Saw

Accurate cuts. And a quick, easy setup. Two reasons why a band saw is an ideal tool for cutting tenons.

Feature Project

16 / Outfeed Table

This outfeed table makes it easy to cut large workpieces on the table saw. And it folds away for compact storage.


24 / Cutting Rabbets

Two basic techniques for cutting rabbets on a table saw without using an expensive dado blade.


Great Tips

14 / Router Table Tips

Five tips to help you get the most out of your router table.

Selecting Tools

20 / Quick-Change Bits

Our team tests four quick-change bit systems for your drill. And offers practical suggestions on what to look for.

Small Shop

22 / Overhead Storage

Three simple solutions to one of the most challenging problems in a small shop — storing lumber.


26 / Hardboard

What it is. Where to find it. And how we use it.

27 / New Products

We test three hot new tools for your workshop.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Our readers offer solutions to woodworking problems.

Finishing Room

30 / Surface Preparation

Careful preparation is the secret to a perfect finish.

32 / Scenes from the Shop