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Cover ShopNotes No. 57

Parts Bin Cabinet Parts Bin Cabinet

Drill Press Table Drill Press Table

Pin Router Pin Router

Water-Based Finishes Water-Based Finishes


Shop Project

6 / Parts Bin Cabinet

Plastic parts bins are great for storing hardware and other items. But how do you keep the dust out? The answer is a shop-made storage cabinet with a see-through, flip-up lid.

In The Shop

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10 / Drill Press Table

With a large worksurface, an adjustable fence and stop, and storage space, this will be the last drill press table you’ll ever need. Plus it doubles as a drum sanding station with replaceable inserts and a built-in shop vacuum hookup.

Feature Project

18 / Pin Router

With a hand-held router and this handy jig, you can rout a wide variety of decorative designs in your projects. A metal pin and a shop-made template guide the workpiece while you rout the design.

Shop Project

24 / Building a Custom-Fitted Case

Fine tools, collectibles, and valued keepsakes deserve special storage. And a custom-fitted case is the answer. We show you step-by-step how to build one — working from the inside out.

Finishing Room

28 / Water-Based Finishes

Water-based finishes have a lot going for them. They’re easy to use, there’s no messy cleanup, and they’re tough and long-lasting. We share what we’ve learned in our shop about buying and using water-based finishes.


4 / Readers' Tips

Shop-tested tips to solve common woodworking problems.

16 / Tool Talk

Tuned up your plane and still aren’t getting the results you expect? A new blade may be just what your plane needs.

32 / Scenes from the Shop