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Cover ShopNotes No. 84

Shop Short Cuts Shop Short Cuts

Using a Spokeshave Using a Spokeshave

Classic Cabinet-Base Workbench Classic Cabinet-Base Workbench

Drill Press Accessory Cabinet Drill Press Accessory Cabinet


Dream Shop Project

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16 / Classic Cabinet-Base Workbench

Every shop needs a heavy-duty workbench. This classic design has all the features you’ll ever need, including a cabinet-style base for storage, two vises, and a large, solid top.

Fine Tools

28 / Wood & Brass Spokeshave

Enjoy shaping and smoothing curves with your own shop-made spokeshave. This spokeshave features a micro-adjustable blade and solid-brass hardware.

Weekend Workshop

34 / Drill Press Accessory Cabinet

Is the storage for your drill press bits and accessories bursting at the seams? This wall cabinet will keep everything organized and close at hand.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Get a Flat Panel with Splines

A hassle-free way to create a strong, flat panel with a minimum of effort is to use splines. Here’s what you need to know to do it right.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Shop Cabinet Levelers

Keep your shop projects level and wobble-free from the ground up. Learn more about the best kinds of levelers to use in your shop.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Easy-to-Use Toggle Clamps

Once you start using toggle clamps in your shop, you’ll find them versatile enough to handle just about any task.

Shop Shortcuts

14 / Shop Short Cuts

Shop-tested tips and techniques to solve your woodworking problems.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Using a Spokeshave

With the right setup and a little practice, you’ll be creating thin shavings in no time.

In The Shop

38 / All About Bench Vises

Securely holding a workpiece is the key to successful woodworking. Learn more about the types of vises every bench should have.

Setting Up Shop

42 / Workshop Fire Safety

A $50 fire extinguisher — it’s the most important tool in your shop.

Mastering the Table Saw

44 / No Fuss Bridle Joinery

Here’s a strong, sturdy joint that’s so easy to make you can do it all on the table saw. All you need is a simple shop-made jig.

Great Gear

46 / Air Hose Reels

Is dealing with your air hose a big hassle? Solve the problem with an air hose reel.

Ultimate Garage

48 / Roll-Around Tool Cabinets

A metal, roll-around cabinet is a great way to organize and protect a shop full of tools. Learn all about choosing the right kind.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop