ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Saw Blade Storage

Protect and organize your valuable saw blades with this handy storage cabinet.


6 / Turning with a Spindle Gouge

This versatile turning tool can do it all — from roughing out spindles to shaping decorative coves and beads.

Shop Project

8 / Shop-Made Mallets

Two tradidtionally designed shop mallets that can be turned with just a spindle gouge and a parting tool.

Feature Project

16 / Sabre Saw Table

A simple table and a unique adjustable arm convert your hand-held sabre saw into a precision cutting tool.


22 / Dowel Joinery

It’s easy to make strong, accurate dowel joints with just an electric drill and one of our simple shop-made jigs.


Small Shop

10 / Selecting Hand Tools

What are the most practical hand and portable electric tools for the small shop? Here’s a look at our top picks.

Selecting Tools

12 / Random-Orbit Sanders

Our three-man testing team offers suggestions on which palm-grip random-orbit sander is best for you.

Great Tips

24 / Lumber Storage Tips

Here’s a collection of our favorite lumber storage tips.

Finishing Room

26 / Varnish

A hard, durable finish for your special projects.

27 / New Products

TapeMate, Veritas Brass Insert Knobs, and Nobex Squares.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Six shop-tested solutions from our readers.


30 / Buying Lumber

A step-by-step approach to buying hardwood lumber.

32 / Scenes from the Shop