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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Inheritance

A sharp reminder and remembrance of a life cut short. by Gus Goodwin page 64 A chisel roll is an unlikely time capsule. Untouched in the three years since his death, the green canvas Ian salvaged from a discarded patio umbrella has protected his tools admirably. They are exactly as he left them: organized,...

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The Thick & Thin of Veneer Repair

Veneer is just thin wood – so don’t be afraid of it. by Bob Flexner from the November 2009 issue, #179 I love repairing old furniture – the older the better. I find repairing more challenging and satisfying than making new because someone else, or time and age, has set the parameters within which...

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Handle with Care

Make your own door and drawer pulls for a custom finishing touch on your work. by Gary Rogowski from the February 2012 issue, #195 pages 36-39 It’s the grip that counts. A limp handshake is as bad as a poorly designed handle. OK – that’s a stretch. But there is something to a well-designed...

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Almost-forgotten Handsaw Tricks

by Carl Bilderback pages 64-65 from the October 2006 issue This article also appears in the book “Handsaw Essentials.“ About 35 years ago I was using a handsaw in what I considered the usual method: Cut, blow the sawdust off my pencil line and then cut some more. The foreman on the job was...

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A Great Museum Book for Free

Last week while teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking on building the Connecticut lowboy from the February 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (#209) to seven excellent woodworkers (read more about the class here), I was asked to take a trip into New York city to the Metropolitan Museum (the...

Singer, songwriter and luthier Guy Clark in his Nashville workshop, where he crafts guitars and award-winning songs.

Songs from the Workbench: Guy Clark

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home. by Megan Fitzpatrick Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology. “I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood and started building stuff,” he says. The most high-tech machines on display...

Twisting, bending and breaking are just three of many results you sometimes experience when working with screws. Choose better – not necessarily more expensive – screws to reduce those occurrences.

Screws are Screws – Aren’t They?

Just as with building any woodworking project, eliminate one step from the manufacturing process and the results can be fatal. It usually happens as you hang a door or install a shelf. You’ve got a balancing act going as you hold one piece, steady a second piece and attempt to drive a screw all...

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Woodworking in America 2014 – Save the Dates

In the coming weeks (and months), we’ll have a great deal more  to share about Woodworking in America 2014, but for now, know this: Dates: Sept. 12-14, 2014 Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. The main venue is the Benton Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem (read: You won’t go hungry. Or thirsty.) And...

All kinds of music. Jeff Miller embraces street music and chamber music. Traditional design and modern curves. Hand tools and modern machinery. The results speak for themselves, as shown here in this walnut rocker he recently designed and built.

Designs of Note: Jeff Miller

A former musician brings an improvisational skill to the craft. by Christopher Schwarz Somewhere between street musician and the symphony orchestra, between an 18th-century hand woodworker and a contemporary designer, is Jeff Miller, a Chicago furniture maker, teacher and author who defies every pigeonhole. In fact, if given the chance, he might just redesign...