ShopNotes Magazine

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Cover ShopNotes No. 95

Spiral Bits Spiral Bits

High-Tech Tool Chest High-Tech Tool Chest

Shop-Built Mallets Shop-Built Mallets

Multi-Purpose Table Multi-Purpose Table


Storage Solutions

Online Extra
16 / High-Tech Tool Chest

Learn how to rivet aluminum angle and lightweight plywood into a strong and sturdy chest for your tools.

Weekend Workshop

26 / Shop-Built Mallets

Laminated construction is the key to making these handy mallets that will last a lifetime.

Hands-On Technique

32 / Secrets to Perfect Pieces

You can cut perfect, identical parts with these easy-to-follow tips and techniques. All you need is a template, band saw, and router.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

Online Extra
36 / Multi-Purpose Table

Build the ultimate, portable workstation with built-in storage, handy hold-downs, and auxiliary slide-out worksurfaces.


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Spiral Bits

Get great-looking results without tearout when routing dadoes and mortises.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Water-Based Finishes

Learn more about these durable finishes that are quick to apply and easy to clean up.

Jigs & Accessories

12 / Jig Saw Upgrades

It’s a snap to upgrade the performance of your jig saw with these handy accessories.

Hands-On Technique

14 / 5 Handy Chisel Tips and Techniques

These easy-to-learn techniques will help you get more from your set of chisels.

Shop Shortcuts

24 / Shop Short Cuts

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

In The Shop

42 / Tool-Saving Tips

Stop rust on your hand and power tools dead in its tracks with these quick and easy tips.

Setting Up Shop

44 / Assembly Tables

Make the most of your limited shop space with these three ideas for assembly tables.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Crosscutting Wide Panels

We’ll share some first-class secrets for crosscutting wide panels on the table saw.

Great Gear

Online Extra
48 / Festool Domino

Check out this joinery system that makes mortises like magic. Learn how this new tool works and how you can put it to use in your shop.

52 / Scenes from the Shop