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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Forbidden Forests: Old-Growth Trees

Many old-growth trees are on protected land that will never be forested. But some ancient wood makes it to market. Is it worth working with? We find out. by Kara Gebhardt pages 94-97, December 2003 We crashed down a steep hill covered in ancient rhododendron thickets and the effect was complete. This forest was so old and civilization so far...

How to Increase the Holding Power of a Square

Anyone who has introduced a square to young students or beginner woodworkers knows the challenges of teaching them how to control the tool and maintain it square to the edge of the workpiece during use. The main problem for the inexperienced woodworker is to keep the square where they intended. As the student slides...

The $500 Maslow CNC Beta Report

The Maslow is not a conventional CNC. It’s kit based, and costs less than $500. $350 if you’ve got a couple of 2” x 4”s and some plywood to throw in. If you’re new to the Maslow, here’s Part One, Two and Three. This started out as a crowd-funded Kickstarter project, which means that the...

Friendly Handworks Advice

If you’re headed to Handworks in Iowa this weekend, please do stop by the Lost Art Press and Crucible booths in the Festhalle to say hello. Your editor, Megan Fitzpatrick, has volunteered to give us a hand when she isn’t off exploring the amazing show. If this is your first Handworks, here are a...

Traditional Secretary

As I watched my daughter grow, I waited patiently for more than a decade to build this secretary. This year both she and I were ready for this ultimate heirloom. by Troy Sexton from the August 2000 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Back in 1989 a local sawmill owner passed away in these parts...

Thomas Chippendale: Something for Everyone

Jeff Miller is working on upcoming article for us on building a Chippendale chair. Well OK…he actually finished it and turned it in some time ago – I’ve just been trying to find time to edit it. But I’m thinking about editing it…the first step! And that got me thinking about Thomas Chippendale. So I...

The Art of Making Dovetailed Drawers

Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. by Mario Rodriguez pages 50-54 Issue #174 There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. But how to make a good drawer isn’t one of...

Interview with Sam Maloof (from Pacific Woodworker, 1982)

In the forerunner to Popular Woodworking Magazine, a small, California-based publication titled Pacific Woodworker, there are some excellent interviews – including this one with woodworking legend Sam Maloof, from issue 7, by Bill Farnsworth. We don’t have digital files or the original photographs for these early issues, so I can’t easily post the text and images –...