ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Table Saw Knee Switch

With this knee-operated switch, you’ll never again have to grope blindly for the power switch on your saw.

In The Shop

6 / Table Saw Tune-up

A finely-tuned table saw not only does a better job of cutting wood. It’s safer and more enjoyable to use too.

Hands-On Project

10 / Utility Ladder

Here’s a folding step ladder that won’t wobble, is strong enough for two people, and has a tray for holding tools.


12 / Angled Dadoes

Cut perfectly-aligned angled dadoes on the table saw using our simple technique and a shop-made jig.

Feature Project

16 / Table Saw Cabinet

Extra Storage. A bin to collect dust. And an outfeed support. Three reasons to build this sturdy saw cabinet.


Great Tips

14 / Hardware Tips

A collection of five trouble-free tips to make your next hardware installation go quickly and easily.

Small Shop

22 / Lighting in the Shop

Practical solutions for shedding light in your shop.

Selecting Tools

24 / Combination Blades

Looking for the best saw blade? Our three-man team tests six combination blades and two general-purpose blades.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Five of our readers offer their own shop-tested solutions to everyday woodworking problems.

Finishing Room

30 / Rubbing out a Finish

The secret to a perfect finish isn’t how you apply it. It’s what you do after the finish dries.


31 / Specialty Plywoods

Three unique plywood products for special projects.

32 / Scenes from the Shop