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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Rust Removal

If you like to tinker with old tools, sooner or later you’ll come into contact with a rusty example. I’ve been interested in methods that use lemon juice or vinegar to shift the problem. I like the fact there is no dry abrading and no electrical stuff, and the things you need to do...

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‘Kumiko Lamp’ SketchUp Model

This is a model of the “Kumiko Lamp” project build by Raney Nelson for the April 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free SketchUp model here. See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

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‘Skill-building Stool’ Sketchup Model

This is a model of the “Skill-building Stool” built by Neil Cronk for the April 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free Sketchup model here See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

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Rohlfs’ 1898 Desk Chair SketchUp Model

This is a model of the Charles Rohlfs 1898 Desk Chair, built by Peter Marcucci for the February 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free SketchUp model here. See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

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‘American Gothic Aumbry’ SketchUp Model

This is a model of Christopher Schwarz’ “American Gothic Aumbry” cover project from the February 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Download the free Sketchup plan here. See all our SketchUp Models here Purchase Sketchup products from Shop Woodworking.

Peter Ross Compasses, photo by Christopher Schwarz

In Memory of John Donne, (?? 1572-March 31, 1631)

No, this is not an April Fools’ joke posted a day early. It’s a poem from one of my favorite writers, John Donne, who died on this date in 1631. Why this poem (or any poem)? The central conceit is the compass – a powerful tool in woodworking. After the poem (yes, yes; I...

Outdoor Furniture, Christopher Schwarz, woodworking, home improvement, gardening, garden bench, garden swing, picnic table

It’s Spring! Time to Make Outdoor Furniture!

I am eagerly awaiting 6:45 p.m. today, March 20. Yes, because it’s a Friday, but for a more important reason: at that moment, spring officially arrives in the northern hemisphere. Right now my backyard is a soggy, muddy mess, with everything that was hidden under the snow finally revealed. There are sticks and branches,...

Sharpening a float

Float Expectations

I never thought a float would provoke the level of interest it did when I mentioned in my last post that I would need to sharpen it. I was interested to note how different people had contrasting opinions on how they would expect it to arrive. So here’s what you can expect: “Additional sharpening...