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Cover ShopNotes No. 56

Top Five Router Jigs Top Five Router Jigs

Circular Saw Miter Station Circular Saw Miter Station

Drilling Large Holes Drilling Large Holes

Drop-In Drawer Organizers Drop-In Drawer Organizers


Jigs & Accessories

8 / Top Five Router Jigs

Trim edging perfectly flush, cut smooth mortises, rout custom dadoes, and more — these five great jigs will turn your hand-held router into a shop workhorse.

In The Shop

14 / Cordless Tool Batteries

Prevent a power outage — learn how cordless tool batteries work along with some quick and simple steps you can follow to keep your cordless tools running at full power.

Feature Project

16 / Circular Saw Miter Station

Lock in perfect miters and crosscuts from your circular saw with this miter station. A foolproof indexing system and a custom-fit saw guide guarantee a precise angle every time.

In The Shop

22 / Drilling Large Holes

Need to drill a large hole? Here are some options and a few handy techniques you may want to consider.

Shop Project

26 / Drop-In Drawer Organizers

What’s the best way to deal with the jumbled mess inside a drawer? Divide and conquer, with an adjustable drawer insert and a pair of removable totes.


4 / Readers' Tips

Shop-tested tips to solve common woodworking problems.

6 / Tool Talk

Tired of kneeling on the floor to adjust the bit in your router table? Here are two innovative products that get you back on your feet.

30 / New Products

Two problems, two solutions. The Woodworker’s Guide makes locating a past article in your old woodworking magazines a snap. Plus, the Blade-Loc turns the job of table saw blade removal into a simpler and safer task.

32 / Scenes from the Shop