ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

4 / Vertical Glue-Up Station

Gluing up solid wood panels is easy with this shop-built jig. And it doubles as a storage rack for your pipe clamps.

Shop Project

8 / Shop Stool

Comfort and strength. Two reasons why this may be the only stool you’ll ever build for your shop.

Shop Project

11 / Routing Tenons on Dowels

A core box bit and a simple jig. That’s all you need to rout tenons on the dowels used for the legs of the stool.


12 / Gluing Up Panels

Tips and techniques for gluing up an attractive solid wood panel that’s perfectly flat — and stays flat.

Feature Project

16 / Drilling Guide

Building a cabinet with adjustable shelves? A unique indexing system on this drilling guide lets you drill identically-spaced holes for both rows of shelf pins.


Great Tips

14 / Sharpening Tips

A roundup of our best sharpening tips that will keep your chisels and plane irons in top shape.

Small Shop

20 / Small Shop Layout

Make a small shop work “big” by planning workflow, tool groups, and infeed/outfeed requirements.

Selecting Tools

22 / Portable Thickness Planers

Our team tests six popular, portable thickness planers and offers practical suggestions on the best one to buy.

Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

ShopNotes’ readers offer their own solutions to some of the most common woodworking problems.


30 / Crotchwood

The dramatic grain patterns of crotchwood can turn an ordinary project into something special.

32 / Scenes from the Shop