ShopNotes #132 2013-11-01

November 2013
Issue 132

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Table of Contents

Readers’ Tips4

Essential Router Joinery8

Learn the secrets of making quick and easy mortises with a plunge router.

Get More From Your Table Saw10

These miter gauge add-ons are the key to making safe, accurate cuts with a table saw.

Multipurpose Table12

The unique design of this table allows it to fold up compactly, yet it’s strong and sturdy in use.

  • Page 17: Figure 6b
    The dimension at the end of each finger on the Catch Plate should be 1 7/8".

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The table was finished with a couple coats of spray lacquer.

Compact Router Table18

Don’t let the small size of this benchtop router table fool you. It has all the must-have features of any full-size table.

  • Page 20: Main Illustration
    The NOTE near the middle of the drawing should read: Stiles are 3/4"-thick hardwood. Shelves and Back are 1/2" plywood.

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The router table was finished with a couple coats of lacquer.

Dress Up a Frame & Panel Door24

Take a frame and panel door from ordinary to extraordinary with these simple options.

Shop Short Cuts26

Check out our shop-tested tips and techniques for solving your woodworking problems.

  • Page 27: Figure a
    The length of the plunge cuts should be 9 3/8".

Lathe Duplicator28

Turning identical parts is always a challenge. This shop-made duplicator turns it into a simple task with the aid of a template.

  • Page 30: Figure 3
    The callout in Figure 3, Side View, should be changed to "ADJUST STYLUS FORWARD 1/8" FOR ROUGH PASSES."
  • Page 31: Photo 3
    The caption in photo 3 should be changed to: "Roughing Out. With the stylus set slightly ahead of the cutting tool, make light cuts..."

Slat-Wall Storage Solution32

Getting organized couldn’t be easier with this storage system. The modular components and low-profile design allow you to reorganize or add on as your needs change.

The slat-wall system was painted with Benjamin-Moore's ben waterborne interior paints in an eggshell finish:
Gull Wing Gray … 2134-50
Iron Mountan … 2134-30
Smoldering Red … 2007-10

The Ultimate Mortise & Tenon40

Create a never-fail mortise and tenon joint using an age-old technique — drawbore joinery.

Custom Chisels42

A special tool is all it takes to do the job right. Here are a few chisels every shop should have.

Top Shop Upgrade in a Weekend44

Improving your shop is as simple as adding one of these great flooring options.

Drawers Made Easy46

With a single setup, you can quickly build drawers with two different joints.

Easy Pocket Hole Joinery48

The all-new Kreg K5 jig makes pocket hole joinery easier than ever.

You can buy the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig from various online retailers including and Rockler (49989). You can also find it at your local home center or hardware store.

Questions from our Readers50