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Cover ShopNotes No. 52

Adjustable Miter Jig Adjustable Miter Jig

Knock-Down Workbench Knock-Down Workbench

Cherry Saw Handle Cherry Saw Handle

Chip Carving Chip Carving


Jigs & Accessories

6 / Adjustable Miter Jig

This shop-made jig makes it easy to cut perfect 45° miters on a radial arm saw. It features a short and a long pair of fences for different length workpieces, an adjustable stop for consistent results, and a hold-down to make cuts safely.

In The Shop

12 / Radial Arm Saw Tune-Up

All it takes to improve the performance of your radial arm saw is a simple tune-up. We show you seven quick steps to producing smooth, accurate cuts.

Feature Project

16 / Knock-Down Workbench

Whether you use this plywood bench to build a woodworking project or a deck in the back yard, its three different clamping options are sure to come in handy. Once you complete a job, it only takes minutes to “knock down” the bench for storage.

Fine Tools

24 / Cherry Saw Handle

The graceful curves and the carved wheat pattern of this cherry saw handle resemble a traditional design. But to simplify the construction, we’ve taken a unique approach to fitting the saw blade into the handle.


28 / Chip Carving

You can add an old-fashioned accent to your saw handle by using a chip carving knife to make stems of wheat. With a little bit of practice and a few helpful hints, you’ll be chip carving like a pro in no time.


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