Author Archives: Ajax Alexandre

About Ajax Alexandre

Ajax Alexandre is the online community editor at Popular Woodworking Magazine.


My Plane is Larger Than Yours

Our friend Jay van Arsdale sent us this link from what looks to be a Japanese woodworking event similar to Woodworking in America. Do you have a plane that can do this? – Ajax Alexandre Follow-up from Jay van Arsdale: The large plane used in the video is called a “beam plane” and is...

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Precut – Modern Japanese Timber Construction

Last week, author and craftsman, Jay van Arsdale, founder of Daiku Dojo, a Japanese Woodworking group and one of our WIA 2011 instructors, sent me this link to a video on some of the technology that is being employed in Japan to combat the diminishing work force of skilled carpenters and the desire to...


Portuguese Table Cousins

In our October issue #192 of this year, I showed you how to make a little table that my father-in-law had given me from Portugal. It was a nice project because it was easy to make a production run of this useful table out of scraps from the shop. Last week, Tom Moss, one...


Season of Giving

If you haven’t noticed the Sweepstakes tab on our search bar, now is the time to click on it and sign up for both of the Giveaways that we have going. One is a Workshop Makeover from JET Tools and Bessey Tools valued at $6,000, and the other is from Festool, giving you a...


Road Trip Detour

If you have occasion to travel on I-80 through Pennsylvania or you are in the vicinity of Muncy, Pa., then I highly recommend stopping at the Grizzly showroom. The facility is 430,000 sq. feet of metal and woodworking tools, sculpture, a stuffed grizzly bear and other grizzly bear statues, and a Koi pond. My...


Woodworking Gifts & Workshop Makeover

When it comes to shopping for holiday gifts, woodworkers can be a difficult bunch. Unless they are in the shop with us, working with our tools and reading or watching our DVDs, our significant others are at a disadvantage as to what might be a nice gift. That’s why we set up a new...


Build a Sculptured Rocker with Charles Brock

"Two DVD's + Book + Full-Size Patterns + Online Support = Success! Most woodworkers' ""bucket lists"" of projects include crafting a Maloof-inspired rocking chair. Brocks' instructional bundle includes a DVD (103 minutes) and companion book (48 pages with 69 pictures) that provide you with all the plans and instruction you need to build your heirloom...