Author Archives: Ajax Alexandre

About Ajax Alexandre

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


55 Best Shop-made Jigs

Here’s a great gift idea for the tech-savvy woodworker in your life. You can bring this CD right into the shop on your laptop computer and build these innovative and ingenious jigs! Learn to build more quickly & efficiently. Cut accurate joints in less time. Make safety a priority in the shop. Jigs are...


Round Two of Bottle Stoppers

As you can see, I used some smaller diameter cherry stock to work out the transition from the bottle top to the mushroom, but I’m not happy with the result. The bottom section fits beautifully into the bottle, and the length gives it the bulk needed to balance the piece on top. But I...


Cutting Down to Size

I turned this mushroom piece out of walnut on Friday afternoon without a wine bottle close by, so I guessed on the inside diameter of a bottle when I was tapering the section that goes into the bottle. As you can see, I guessed wrong. No worries. While it does technically fit and seal...


What’s He Building in There?

Happy Halloween! Driving into work this morning, I heard this Tom Waits song, from his album Mule Variations. I’ve been a huge fan for years – in fact, I own everything he has recorded, but I forgot about the woodworking references in this song. Makes you wonder, what are your neighbors pondering about you?...


Black Walnuts, Revisited

This week in our newsletter, I wrote about going to a walnut festival and planting some of the fruits when I got home. It was my hope to see some seedlings in the spring. I asked readers if they had any advice, and I received a lot of letters. The following is some of...


Outreach for David Charlesworth

As many of you know, David Charlesworth had to drop out of his classes at Woodworking in America 2011 after he was hospitalized in Munich, Germany, for pneumonia. Click on this link for updates on his condition and information on how you can help David and his family with the expenses from this costly...

steve jobs

‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish’

My sister sent me this link of a speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford University. Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO  passed away yesterday after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer. We use Apple machines here at the magazine, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Pixar films. And Stanford has...


JPEG Wars Winner

Congratulations to Tom Buhl of Santa Barbara, Calif., for winning the first JPEG Wars at Woodworking in America 2011! Tom won with this picture of his bubinga sideboard, which he built in 2009. Thanks to the generosity of Robin Lee, president of Lee Valley & Veritas, Tom’s prize was the new Veritas Small Bevel-Up...