ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

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Cover ShopNotes No. 7


Jigs & Accessories

4 / Raised Panel Jig

Rout a perfect raised panel door or drawer using a router, a straight bit, and this shop-made jig.

In The Shop

8 / Block Plane Tips

From planing end and edge grain to trimming small pieces, here’s a few tips that will provide crisp, clean cuts every time.


10 / Sanding a Surface Flat

All it takes to produce a perfectly flat surface is a belt sander and four simple steps.


12 / Rust Removal

Practical solutions for removing rust and restoring tools to a usable condition.

Tool Review

14 / Keyless Chucks

Changing drill bits without a chuck key is quick and easy with this handy accessory for your portable drill.

Feature Project

16 / Workbench

This workbench features a solid base that knocks down easily and a top that’s built up of plywood and thin hardwood strips.

Feature Project

23 / Shop-Made Vise

A massive wood face, iron guide rods, and a manufactured vise screw combine to provide even clamping pressure that holds a workpiece tight.


Readers' Tips

28 / Shop Solutions

Four shop-tested tips: Dowel Cutting Jig, Shop-Made Bench Clamp, Rip Fence Alignment Gauge, and a Glue Brush Tip.


30 / Board Footage

Calculating board feet takes the guesswork out of determining the cost of a project.

32 / Scenes from the Shop