ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

6 / Picture Frame Clamping Jig

This simple clamping jig uses an ordinary band clamp to keep the mitered corners of a picture frame from slipping out of alignment during glue-up.

In The Shop

8 / Tuning Up a Block Plane

All it takes to turn your block plane into a precision tool is a simple tune-up. Here’s our step-by-step approach.

Selecting Tools

12 / Sabre Saws

Our team of woodworkers tests six popular sabre saws and offers practical suggestions on the best one to buy.

Feature Project

16 / Miter Trimmer

It’s easy to get a perfect-fitting miter joint with this shop-made miter trimmer. With a built-in clamp holding the workpiece at a 45° angle, just take a thin shaving with a block plane to “true up” the mitered end.

Hands-On Project

22 / Desktop Picture Frames

You can build both of these desktop picture frames in a weekend. But with their intricate looking profiles and contrasting strips of wood, no one would ever guess.


26 / Strengthening Miter Joints

Three shop-tested techniques to strengthen the end grain to end grain glue surface of a miter joint. Also, three fasteners for making a strong mechanical connection.


4 / Readers' Tips

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips for solving some of the most common woodworking problems.

Tips From Our Shop

28 / Shop Solutions

Use these tips from the guys in our shop to get professional-looking results on the projects in this issue.

30 / New Products

Here’s a quick look at three new woodworking products that have earned a well-deserved place in our shop.

32 / Scenes from the Shop