Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

The Magazine Article Index for Popular Woodworking Magazine provides a list of articles that have appeared in the magazine since 2004 so you can find a certain story. These are not complete articles or projects; this is a resource for finding articles. To find a full project that ran in the magazine, look for a link to the full project from its summary here in the Article Index, or find its issue in our store here.
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Arts & Mysteries: Give Me a Brake

Get some splitting leverage with this simple contraption. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-59 Reach for a froe, and you should immediately think, “Give me a brake.” The brake can be a constructed workholding device, or just a couple of logs. Its function is to trap your workpiece in such a way that you can...

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Flexner on Finishing: Water-based Finish isn’t Lacquer

The two products – both useful – are quite different. by Bob Flexner pages 50-52 Dating back at least 100 years, the term “lacquer” has referred to a non-crosslinking finish that thins with lacquer thinner. The most common type is nitrocellulose lacquer. In the late 1980s water-based (or waterborne) finishes became available and some...

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Humble Job Endures 1,000 Years

The Tower of London provides inspiration to make an impact. by Jim Baker page64 A few years ago I visited England with my wife, daughter and a few friends. It is a fascinating country – some parts of it seem right out of a mid-20th-century television show, while other places are so modern that...

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Perfect Proportions

Build a standing desk tailored to your body. by Jim Tolpin pages 24-31 I designed this compact stand-up desk to meet a prescription from my doctor to be less sedentary. “Sitting is the new smoking,” I was admonished. It was also to give me a challenge: to create a project start to finish almost...

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Why Portable Planers are Better

While we lust for a 20″ monster, most woodworkers would be just as well off (or better) with a ‘suitcase planer.’ by Christopher Schwarz pages 32-36 When I started woodworking in about 1993, I wanted two things: a table saw with a decent rip fence and the biggest thickness planer on the planet. In...

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Shop-made Bandings

Learn to make your own and you’ll never have to compromise your design. by Mario Rodriguez pages 37-42 Bandings and stringing are a dramatic and exciting way to dress up your period furniture. I see them as a way to highlight some aspect of a piece by directing the viewer’s eye to a particular...

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Micro Marco

Marco Terenzi is a toolmaker and furniture maker with a talent for incredibly tiny work. by Christopher Schwarz pages 43-47 Toolmaker Marco Terenzi has a dream shop that sounds a little bit like a nightmare from “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s a typical shop with a workbench, tools and machines. But there’s a little door...

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Bow Shelves

Delicate ‘hyperparabolas ’ hang on a curve – then  hang ‘magically’ on the wall. by Bruce Winterbon pages 48-52 When I saw a photo of a set of three rectangular shelves supported by a bow near each end, my reaction was that the bows deserved better shelves. These shelves are the result. The shelves...

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Nice Curves, No Math

Mechanical solutions for the formula-challenged woodworker. by Raney Nelson pgs 58-59 There was a time when I was fairly good at math – but that was back when “personal” and “computer” were two words you’d never expect to see together. A few decades later, I often find it difficult to multi-task long enough to...