ShopNotes Magazine

Table of Contents

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Cover ShopNotes No. 98

Using Contact Cement Using Contact Cement

Curved-Lid Tool Chest Curved-Lid Tool Chest

Benchtop Miter Saw Fence Benchtop Miter Saw Fence

Fold-up Worktable Fold-up Worktable


Dream Shop Project

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14 / Curved-Lid Tool Chest

Discover an all new joinery technique - “curved” box joints. We’ll show you how to create and assemble them for a perfect fit.

Hands-On Technique

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25 / Better Box Joints

Learn how to get dead-on accurate results from this classic table saw joinery technique.

Best-Built Jigs & Fixtures

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28 / Benchtop Miter Saw Fence

Turn any surface into a precision miter saw workstation. All you need are a couple of easy-to-build fence sections.

Weekend Workshop

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36 / Fold-up Worktable

Strong and sturdy, this lightweight, portable worksurface, featuring unique, “I-beam” construction, holds a “ton.”


4 / Readers' Tips

Router Workshop

8 / Routing Grooves on the Router Table

Must-know router table tips and techniques for making perfect grooves every time.

Materials & Hardware

10 / Knock-Down Fasteners

Looking for fast and easy assembly with rocksolid results? We have the answer.

Hands-On Technique

12 / Using Contact Cement

Tips and techniques to make your next glueup go together quick and easy.

Shop Shortcuts

34 / Shop Short Cuts

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

In The Shop

42 / 7 Must-Have Files

We’ll show you the tools you need to get super smooth shapes in all materials.

Setting Up Shop

44 / 5 Small-Shop Finishing Tips

Quick tips and tricks to make finishing your next project hassle-free.

Mastering the Table Saw

46 / Resawing on the Table Saw

From thick to thin. Learn a foolproof table saw technique that will save you time and money.

Great Gear

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48 / New Leigh Dovetail Jig

Find out how this new router jig does it all. Through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, box joints, and more.


50 / Get More From Your Planer
52 / Scenes from the Shop