ShopNotes Magazine

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Jigs & Accessories

6 / Router Tenoning Jig

This shop-made tenoning jig makes it easy to cut perfect, square-shouldered tenons. All you need is a hand-held router and a straight bit.

In The Shop

12 / Files & Rasps

Whether you’re sharpening a scraper, roughing a workpiece to shape, or smoothing a surface, a basic set of files and rasps is sure to come in handy.

Feature Project

16 / Vacuum Clamping System

A simple valve and an air compressor. That’s the key to the extraordinary clamping pressure provided by this vacuum system. It features five simple accessories that use a vacuum to hold small (or difficult to clamp) workpieces securely in place.


24 / Vacuum Veneer Press

Setting up a vacuum system is just a start. By hooking it up to a vacuum bag, you can make a press that applies perfectly uniform pressure — just what you need to veneer flat panels or tricky curved surfaces.

Shop Project

26 / Roll-Around Support Stand

A telescoping post lets you raise and lower the head of this support stand to match the height of your tools. And a rock solid base keeps it from tipping.


4 / Readers' Tips

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

Tips From Our Shop

14 / Shop Solutions

Tips from the guys in our shop that are sure to come in handy when building the projects in this issue.

32 / Scenes from the Shop