ShopNotes Magazine

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Shop Project

6 / Socket Set Storage Boxes

Keep the tools in your socket sets organized with these handy storage boxes. You can customize each box to suit your needs. There’s even a case to hold the boxes.


10 / Custom Fit Dadoes

Two simple methods to cut an accurate, tight-fitting dado joint — without using a dado blade.

Shop Project

12 / Lumber Cart

This shop-built cart provides plenty of storage for scrap pieces of wood and sheet materials. Plus, the top of the cart doubles as a convenient worksurface.

Feature Project

16 / Benchtop Router Table

Take a close look at this space-saving router table. It features a large table, an adjustable fence, and three different accessories. Yet it folds up into a compact box.

Selecting Tools

28 / Mounting Plates

Building a router table? To make it easy to change bits, attach your router to a removable mounting plate. We offer som practical suggestions on which one to buy.

Tool Talk

30 / Dovetail Jigs

You can rout professional-looking dovetail joints every time with these two commercial dovetail jigs.


4 / Readers' Tips

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

32 / Scenes from the Shop