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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7 Ways to Get a Darker Color

Gain more control over your staining with these techniques. by Bob Flexner pgs. 60-63 The most popular types of stains are oil stains, also called wiping stains (though most stains are wiped after application). Oil stains are widely available at paint stores and home centers. They are very easy to use because they provide...

End Grain: Marine Corps to Shop Floor

Time served funds a maker’s pursuit of woodworking happiness. by Grant Burger pg. 64 With most things in life, you either pay with your time or your money. Say you want to build a box using 3/4 black walnut. You have three options: Buy boards milled to final thickness from a lumberyard (least time,...

Hancock Candle Stand

This iconic table is the first perfect copy of the original. by Will Myers pgs. 24-32 Sometimes a project ends up going in directions you never expected. What seems to be so simple and straightforward ends up being much more involved. I had not planned to end up on a quest. A few months...

Digital Woodworking

Learn how computers, software and CNCs can contribute in your shop. by Tim Celeski pgs. 33-37 There are a lot of ways to do woodworking. For example, there’s more than a dozen ways to make mortises and tenons. The same is true for almost everything a woodworker does. For any given task, everyone finds...

Fall in Love with Nails

This much-maligned fastener has a place in the finest furniture. Here’s why. by Christopher Schwarz pgs. 38-43 Among furniture makers, the reputation of the simple nail is somewhere south of expired glue and tacos made from weasel knees. The following statement is one you hear all the time: The best furniture is built using...

Handmade in Herefordshire

A young maker works green wood with seasoned skill. by Peter Follansbee pgs. 44-47 Jazz is dead. God is dead. Baseball is dead. I remember when all these deaths and more were proclaimed, but they all have proven to be untrue. And in recent years more than once I have heard that woodworking is...

Binding Clamps

Make your own light-duty one-handed workholding wonders. by Donald C. Williams pgs. 48-49 Like most workshops, mine is well-populated with spring clamps, the ubiquitous tool for applying localized pressure with one hand while holding the workpiece (or workpieces) with the other. But one of the most intractable problems is the need for either gentle...

Beading Planes & Complex Moulders

These simple and oft-forgotten tools can make short work of mouldings. by Christopher Schwarz pgs. 50-54 Legend has it that one reason there are so few moulding planes left is that when motorized spindle moulders became common, the wooden bodies of these planes were burned for heat because they were obsolete. Is the story...

Do Unto Others’ Tools

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 On Instagram recently, I posted the picture below – a wooden coffin smoother in someone else’s shop. The tool – a handplane at rest – was on its side. It got many comments – both for and against. I’ve heard several rationalizations for placing a plane on its side:...