ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

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In The Shop

4 / Waterstone Basics

Tips on selecting, using, and storing waterstones.

Shop Project

6 / Sharpening Station

Special holders for your sharpening stones are just one of the unique features of this wall-mounted station.


8 / Sharpening a Chisel

A simple step-by-step approach to a razor-sharp chisel.

Jigs & Accessories

10 / Shop-Made Knobs

Inexpensive and easy to make, these shop-made knobs can be customized to fit your tools, jigs, and fixtures.

Jigs & Accessories

13 / Tapping Threads

A simple tap is all it takes to make a threaded part.

Feature Project

16 / Finish Storage Cabinet

A drop-down work table and a lazy Susan make this cabinet a convenient place to store and apply your finishes.


Great Tips

14 / Miter Gauge Tips

Add precision to your miter gauge with these special tips.

Selecting Tools

20 / Cordless Driver/Drills

Our three-man team tests twelve cordless driver/drills and offers suggestions on what to look for.

Small Shop

24 / Benchtop Tool Stand

Build this “quick-change” stand for your benchtop tools.


26 / Alternate Hardwoods

Tired of the same old hardwoods? Check these out.

27 / New Products

Adjustable Featherboard, MiterMatic, Tru-Fit Miter Bar

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Six of our readers offer their own shop-tested solutions.

Finishing Room

30 / Pore Fillers

A look at when and how to use pore fillers on a project.

32 / Scenes from the Shop