ShopNotes #129 2013-05-01

May 2013
Issue 129

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Table of Contents

Readers' Tips4

  • Page 4: Main illustration
    The main illustration on page 4 calls for 1/4"-20 x 1 3/4" CARRIAGE BOLT. This is not long enough to reach the knob. It should be 1/4"-20" x 2 1/4" carriage bolt.

Problem-Solving Router Bits8

These screw slot bits are the key to building projects that allow for wood movement.

A Saw You Can't Do Without10

Every shop should have a coping saw on hand for cutting curves and other small details.

Plastic Laminate -- Miracle Material12

When it comes to building shop projects, plastic laminate is a must-have material.

Using the Carving Duplicator24

Unlock the potential of the carving duplicator

Online Extras

Shop Short Cuts28

Must-Have Try Squares30

In just a weekend, you can combine elegant brass and fine hardwood to create a pair of classic squares that will last a lifetime.

Do-It-All Planer Cart34

This planer cart has everything you need -- storage, workpiece support, and mobility.

  • Page 35: Exploded view illustration
    The drawer false front should be shown with the grain running vertically. That is how the project was built.
  • Page 39: Figure 5
    The drawer false front should be shown with the grain running vertically. That is how the project was built.

Online Extras

Tips & Tricks for Smoothing Curves40

We' ll show you the tools and techniques you need to create smooth surfaces on any curve.

Get a Rock-Solid Grip Without a Vise42

There's more than one way to hold a workpiece securely. Check out these handy solutions.

Choosing the Right Saw44

From benchtop to hybrid and cabinet models, here are the basics on choosing a table saw.

Modular Storage for Your Shop46

Organize your shop now with these stackable and versatile containers.

Sortimo products are sold exclusively through Knapheide distributors. Visit for more information or to find your nearest location.

Tanos SYS-CART and T-Loc MINI-Systainers are new products with limited availability. Contact Lee Valley for updates.


Scenes from the shop52

  • Page 51: Squares Sources
    McMaster part #8954K44 has been replaced with part #8951K05.