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Jigs & Accessories

6 / Adjustable Taper Jig

Three jigs in one. That’s what you get when you build this adjustable taper jig for your table saw. Use it to make long, angled cuts on a workpiece, cut perfectly consistent tapers, or rip a straight edge on rough-sawn lumber.

Hands-On Project

10 / Folding Table

The legs of this table fold up for storage. And the plastic laminate top is durable and easy to clean. Combine all that with the warm look of cherry, and this folding table is as good-looking as it is practical.

Feature Project

16 / Plate Joiner Table

This shop-built table converts your hand-held plate joiner into a benchtop tool. Adjusting a sliding table up or down makes it easy to locate the slot for the biscuit. And a unique, foot-operated plunge mechanism lets you cut the slot without having to clamp the workpiece.


4 / Readers' Tips

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips to common woodworking problems. Plus three quick tips.

In The Shop

14 / Tool Talk

Our mailbox is overflowing with questions about buying and maintaining tools. We answer six of them here.

Selecting Tools

26 / Plate Joiners

ShopNotes tests five popular plate joiners and offers practical suggestions on the best one to buy.

Tips From Our Shop

30 / Shop Solutions

A collection of four great tips from the guys in our shop that will come in handy for the projects in this issue.

31 / New Products

Here’s a quick look at three new products that we’ve been using in our own shop.

32 / Scenes from the Shop