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Cover ShopNotes No. 91

Featherboards Featherboards

Working with Aluminum Working with Aluminum

Mobile Planer Stand Mobile Planer Stand

Tab-and-Slot Tool Tote Tab-and-Slot Tool Tote


Storage Solutions

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18 / Mobile Planer Stand

This mobile stand provides plenty of extra storage space and its outfeed support makes working with long stock a breeze. Best of all, it stores in a compact space.

Hands-On Technique

26 / Tips & Techniques for Power Sanding

Follow our simple, foolproof steps for great results with your random-orbit sander. You’ll get a super-smooth surface in less time.

Weekend Workshop

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28 / Tab-and-Slot Tool Tote

You’ll be amazed at just how much this lightweight tote can hold. What’s even more impressive is how easy it is to build.

Fine Tools

36 / Aluminum Squares

Build your own precision layout tool. All it takes are a few pieces of aluminum and a little time at the table saw and drill press.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Great Results with Profile Bits

Here are a few tried-and-true tips for getting top-notch results from your router bits.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Metal Drawer Slides

Metal drawer slides can handle a lot of weight and are easy to install. Here’s what you need to know before choosing and using them.

Jigs & Accessories

14 / Featherboards

These inexpensive accessories will make working with your table saw, band saw, and router table safer and more accurate.

Shop Shortcuts

16 / Shop Short Cuts

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

Project Technique

34 / Working with Aluminum

Aluminum can really dress up a project. And you won’t need any special tools to work with it.

In The Shop

40 / Planer Tune-Up

This step-by-step approach will have your planer creating perfect boards in a short time.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Turn Down the Noise

Take a look at a few low-cost ways to turn down the volume on your power tools.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Setting up for Dead-On Dadoes

We’ll show you the secrets to cutting clean, crisp dadoes in any material.

Great Gear

48 / Yankee-Style Screwdrivers

These “old fashioned” tools can make driving screws nearly effortless.

50 / Q&A
52 / Scenes from the Shop