ShopNotes #54 2000-11-01

November 2000
Issue 54

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

Our readers offer their own shop-tested tips dealing with some of the most common woodworking problems.

Marking Gauge6

A traditional marking gauge -- with a twist. Made of maple and brass, it features two ways to make precision layouts.

  • Page 10: Figure 8
    Length of piece B - Beam should be 6 7/8", not 7" as originally printed.

Power Tool Tune-Up12

If your portable power tools are running rough -- or not running at all -- there's usually an easy fix. Here are some practical tune-up tips for top notch performance.

Roll-Around Tool Cart16

Keep all your portable power tools right at hand with this roll-around cart. Adjustable trays help organize tools and accessories. Plus they can be customized to fit your tools.

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  • Roll-Around Tool Cart
    One big box and a bunch of small boxes — that’s all there is to this roll-around cart. Yet as simple as it is, it provides a great way to store portable power tools.

5 Quick Circular Saw Jigs22

Who says a circular saw is only for rough carpentry work? These five great jigs will turn it into a precision tool.

Power Cord Caddies26

Untangling a power cord is a hassle. Here's a one-hour solution -- a shop-made caddy that keeps it coiled. Also, plans for a simple cabinet that holds three caddies.

Heirlooms from a Basement Shop28

Extraordinary furniture from an ordinary shop. See how one woodworker creates classic heirlooms -- in spite of the challenges of working in a basement shop.

Scenes from the Shop32