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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Blacker House Garden Bench

A gnarly old conifer finds new life on a recognized California estate.by John Ipekjian page 64In 1908, architects Charles and Henry Greene built one of their most famous residences, the Robert R. Blacker House. In addition to designing the home and interior furnishings, they also designed the landscaping which included a Bermuda cedar tree in...


Connecticut Lowboy

While simple to build, the details present a worthy challenge.by Glen D. Huey pages 26-33While teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, I was asked to sneak down to the Connecticut Historical Society to take a look around. At the museum, I was shown into a back room full of off-exhibit furniture....


Perfect Shoulders

An 18th-century chairmaker’s saw makes 21st-century work easier.by Jeff Miller pages 34-37The graveyard of obscure and forgotten tools is large, densely packed and many layers deep. Many of these tools richly deserve their pauper’s burial. But once in a while you come across a tool that does things that are quite remarkable, and you wonder...


Roy Underhill’s Nail Cabinet

It’s a crate. It’s a cabinet. It’s useful shop furniture.by Christopher Scwharz pages 38-43One of the enduring features of Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s Shop” PBS television show is the familiar and rambling backdrop of former projects, parts, tools and wood that frames most episodes. My favorite item in his shop is his nail cabinet –...


4 Ways to Make a Mortise

A hole is just a hole, no matter how you dig it.by Robert W. Lang pages 44-48The mortise-and-tenon joint is fundamental in woodworking. Along with the dovetail, this joint has been used for thousands of years. If you judge by the number of devices and methods developed to avoid making mortises, you might think it...


The Mercer Museum

A visionary’s concrete castle contains a generous slice of pre-industrial life.by Chuck Bender pages 49-52Walking through the entrance of the Mercer Museum isn’t quite what one would expect from one of the United States’ most complete collections of 18th- and 19th-century tools. “Contemporary Spartan” seems a more fitting description, due to all the glass, polished...


Mighty Router Planes

This powerful precision tool belongs in every woodworker’s arsenal.by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 53-55If you’re a woodworker who prefers to plug things in, you know there are still at least a few hand tools you need. And when it comes to planes, you likely have a block plane in your toolbox. I, however, think a router...