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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sanding sealers

Flexner on Finishing: Sealers – What Are They?

An explanation of this most confusing of finishing treatments. by Bob Flexner pages 52-53 In the late 1980s, I hosted a local call-in radio show dealing with finishing and restoration. I remember one caller explaining that he had applied four coats of tung oil; he asked what he should use to seal the wood!...


End Grain: Jointer Beats Planer for Stock Prep

Combined with a band saw, this is my go-to machine for wood preparation. by Derek Cohen page 54 In “Why Portable Planers are Better” (February 2016, issue #223), Christopher Schwarz presents the case for a planer (“thicknesser,” on my side of the Pacific) in a small shop as the main aid in preparing stock....


Roubo Hollows & Rounds

Make these French moulding planes that are essential for every hand-tool kit. by Caleb James pages 22-29 Hollows and rounds are making a strong comeback in the hand tool woodworking world. However, many woodworkers are scared off from jumping in by either a limited tool budget or the limited availability of antique ones in...


Guerrilla Guide to Spray Finishing

It’s fast, forgiving and affordable – and you don’t need a spray booth. by Christopher Schwarz pages 30-35 The hardest part about learning to spray finishes is becoming convinced that you can learn to spray finishes. Of all the ways to apply finishes – brush, rag, rubber and spraying – there’s only one method...


Arts & Crafts Occasional Table

Conquer some fun joinery challenges with this geometric Baillie Scott build. by Mitch Roberson pages 36-42 As soon as I saw Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott’s 1901 occasional table on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, I knew I had to make one. Baillie Scott (1865-1945) was an architect at the...


The Core Hand Tools

For the cost of one quality piece of large machinery, you can set up a complete shop. by Deneb Puchalski pages 43-47 Setting up a hand-tool-oriented shop is a fraction of the investment of setting up a power-tool shop. For the price of one large quality piece of power machinery, you can buy all...

melencolia try square

‘Melencolia’ Try Square

This nearly lost layout tool is surprisingly accurate and useful. by Christopher Schwarz pages 48-49 A surprising number of woodworking tools and furniture forms have been lost to time. Some for the better (the motorized coping saw?) and others for no apparent reason. A lot of my research into early woodworking consists of examining...


King of Windsors

After decades of teaching, Dunbar is closing the doors to his castle. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 50-52 It all started in 1971 with a black chair Mike Dunbar spotted at a yard sale in Sutton, Mass. He was looking for things to furnish his student apartment at Worcester State University in Worcester, Mass. “It...


Jig Journal: Custom Push Pads

This handle design is a safety improvement over commercial versions. by Jerry C. Forshee pages 54-55 Let’s face it: Many of us all too often see safety as…well, just plain boring. We always seem to be anxious to use that little bit of free time to get to the shop and work on that...