ShopNotes Magazine

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Spraying a Flawless Finish Spraying a Flawless Finish

Dust Collector Upgrade Dust Collector Upgrade

Roll-Around Store-All Roll-Around Store-All


Jigs & Accessories

6 / Two-Handled Push Block

Two handles, two clamps, and two replaceable backer boards — together they make a handy push block for the router table that eliminates end-grain chipout.

In The Shop

10 / HVLP Spray Systems

A high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) system makes it quick and easy to spray on a glass-smooth finish. Is it right for you? To find out, we take a look at two types of HVLP systems.

Finishing Room

12 / Spraying a Flawless Finish

There’s more to spraying a perfect finish than squeezing the trigger on a spray gun. We show you practical tips and techniques to ensure a professional-looking finish.

Feature Project

16 / Dust Collector Upgrade

Take a good thing and make it better. That’s the idea behind these two shop-built projects designed to improve the performance of a portable dust collector.

Feature Project

18 / In-Line Chip Separator

Don’t get caught holding the bag — on your dust collector that is. This separator captures the large chips produced by your tools and deposits them in a trash can.

Feature Project

21 / 3-Tool Dust Control Box

Tired of switching a dust hose from one tool to another? Build a control box and connect three tools at once.

Shop Project

Online Extra
24 / Roll-Around Store-All

It’s like having a lumber yard in your shop. Storage for long boards, short cutoffs, and sheet material. Also, an optional guide for cutting large panels into manageable-sized pieces.


4 / Readers' Tips

Shop-tested tips to solve common woodworking problems.

30 / Tool Talk

Twist bits dull? Get them sharper than new with Drill Doctor.

32 / Scenes from the Shop