Yearly Archives: 2012

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Changes at ‘Popular Woodworking Magazine’

The April 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which we are currently in the process of editing, will be the last with me at the helm.  Working at Popular Woodworking Magazine and becoming a part of the tight-knit community that revolves around it has been an honor for me. But, alas, I have decided to...

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Handmade Nails for Your Finest Work

I bought a box of 1,600 pneumatic nails about two presidential administrations ago that cost about a half penny each (yes, I know I overpaid). So why in the world would I buy a box of 40 nails for – cough – $1.50 each? Easy. Hardware is as important to me as every other...

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February Digital Issue on its way

The link to download the February 2013 issue just went out to digital subscribers…and there’s a wee error in it – so you’ll be getting another e-mail, with that wee error corrected. If, however, you wish to not wait, click on the Popular Woodworking logo in the e-mail (not on the cover at left...

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Medieval Stock Preparation

Though planes have been around for millennia, they haven’t always been the essential woodworking tool that we may think they were. In Medieval Europe, and especially England, lots of good woodwork was done without handplanes. Surfaces were prepared and smoothed with wide chisels. I often use chisels rather than saws or planes, to quickly...

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A Long-overdue Workbench Modification

I’m in the midst of making my mom’s Christmas present*, and though I did the machine work at the “office” today, I decided to bring the surfaced and mortised pieces home (the hollow-chisel mortiser is my favorite power tool) and cut the tenons by hand. Yes, I could have cut them on the table...

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How to Save Your Tool Chest and Your Tools from Water

While I think a tool chest is the best place to store your tools, the chest can also become a rusty tomb if you aren’t careful. Woodworking shops can be nasty places. I’ve worked in unheated garages, damp basements, former warehouses and sheds with dirt floors. And when I inspect old tool chests, it’s...

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‘Period Furniture’ or ‘Furniture of a Period?’

This evening, I whiled away an hour leafing through “The Wise Practical Home Furniture Builder: Simple Plans for the Amateur Craftsman,” a book from 1952 that is similar to the I Can Do That series of beginner projects (a small set of tools, and pieces that are simple to build). I don’t particularly want...