Feature Articles

Below, you’ll find the full text and images of free articles from past issues of Popular Woodworking Magazine – step-by-step project plans, how-to articles on hand tools and power tools, shop techniques, hand- and power-tool reviews, visits to incredible workshops, shop layout ideas and more. Plus, you’ll find free articles and videos our editors and contributing editors have written and filmed for our woodworking blogs on all things woodworking. Scroll down below to browse.

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A New Manual for Biscuit Joiners

The 27 time-tested techniques to tame this often-tricky tool. by Robert W. Lang from the February 2007 issue The biscuit joiner is one of those tools that promises to make life so much easier. The ability to make relatively strong joints quickly and easily makes this a tool you really must have. Yet many...

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Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK?

Q: I have some pine that was given to me. The price was right but the wood is full of blue stain. Is it safe to use this wood for painted projects or as a secondary wood? A: Blue stain is a common fungus that infects the sapwood of freshly sawn boards causing a...

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Building Staked Sawbenches at Highland Woodworking

This weekend I am experimenting on guinea pigs. Scratch that. I’m experimenting on American pigs. Wow. That’s doesn’t sound good, either. OK, I’m teaching a new class on a new topic that has been bottled up inside me for four years now. You’ve probably never heard the term “staked furniture,” but that’s because the...

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A Tailored Tea Table

In Colonial America, prior to Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, colonists adopted many of the lifestyles of English citizens. One such behavior was afternoon tea. Of course, you couldn’t be of a wealthy class and partake in tea without having the necessary serving implements – including a tea table. Tea tables came into vogue...

Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period of choice.

Federal Furniture

Editor’s note: For a better look at the images (and more of them), download the PDF of the article here. This appeared in the August 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period...

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Pressed Brass Campaign Hardware from Lee Valley

With campaign-style hardware, there are many choices out there for different budgets and aesthetics. You can go for full-on rustic, sand-cast hardware – this looks great but can be tricky to install because every piece of hardware is slightly different. Or you can opt for modern die-cast hardware – easy to install but a...

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Must-have Router Bits

Here are four profiles that will change your woodworking life. by Chuck Bender pages 46-48 Every woodworking shop has a few vital tools that are absolute necessities. And whether you have a strict power-only tool policy or you take a blended approach, I would argue that a router is one of the tools essential...

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A Coffin-building Party

When I die, I want to leave this world in the same way I lived in it. As a woodworker who has spent his entire life building furniture for myself and others, I couldn’t imagine being placed into a box that someone else made. In 2005, I read this article in TheNew York Times...

Back to the future. This vise might not have originally been intended for cutting dovetails, but boy is it great for it. It raises your work, then stows away when you don’t need it.

Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise

17th-century design saves your 21st-century back. by Christopher Schwarz pages 64, 66 If you cut dovetails by hand, then I’m sure you’re aware of the other part of your anatomy that is involved: your back. Bending over rows of tails and pins all day is murder when you try to stand up straight. Several...