ShopNotes Magazine

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Shop Project

6 / Dado Blade Storage Case

The “hanging files” in this storage case hold the chippers and blades of a stacked dado set. This provides easy access to the individual pieces and protects them from damage.

In The Shop

10 / Restoring a Bench Plane

Turn an old rusty bench plane into a hard-working tool that looks great too. Also, we include step-by-step instructions on making a new handle or front knob.

In The Shop

14 / Tuning Up a Bench Plane

A bench plane is a precision tool — when it’s tuned up properly. Here are some simple tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your bench plane.

Feature Project

16 / Mortising Machine

This shop-built mortising machine lets you rout perfect mortises every time. With a router carriage that moves up and down and a table that slides in two directions, you can set up the machine and cut a mortise in less than a minute.

In The Shop

26 / Brush Basics

One of the secrets to getting a smooth, even finish is the quality of the brush. We offer practical suggestions on selecting brushes, applying a finish, and some clean-up tips.


4 / Readers' Tips

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

30 / Tool Talk

In this issue, we take a look at an innovative new router collet that doesn’t require a wrench to tighten the bit.

32 / Scenes from the Shop