Author Archives: Chuck Bender

Chuck Bender

About Chuck Bender

Chuck is the senior editor of Popular Woodworking, and has 30+ years of experience as a high-end period furniture maker and woodworking teacher.

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2 Weeks, 2 shows & 1 Awesome Store

I’ve been on the road quite a bit the last couple of weeks. It all started with a 48 hour trip (72 of which was spent in the Milwaukee airport) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the New Product Symposium at Milwaukee Tools. That trip was immediately (it felt fairly immediate anyway) followed up with four days in Atlanta...

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Big Steel City News

The folks over at Steel City Tool Works (SCTW) have teamed up with Columbus, Ohio woodworking icon WoodWerks’ Todd Damon to revitalize and energize their line of tools. I spoke with the managing partners (David Campagna & Damon) and president of SCTW (Lucas Chang) about the formation of the Axiom Tool Group (ATG) and...

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Senco Nailed It.

Last month the entire staff of Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM) trekked off to Senco‘s manufacturing facility to take a tour with four of the five grand prize winners from our Senco Event held in the PWM shop in the Spring. The guy who missed the tour gave some lame excuse about his wife having a baby....

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How did this happen?

Some poor, deluded fool decided that a “Best of Chuck Bender” would make a good collection in the Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM) store, and I was asked to write something about it. I still feel like the new guy here in the office, so my first thought ran to: “How much stuff do they even have in...

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Bosch VAC140A Dust Extractor

by Chuck Bender page 18 There are lots of vacuums and dust extractors on the market, but what sets the Bosch VAC140A apart are the well-thought-out details. From the easily accessed drain hose to the hook for hanging the power cord, Bosch has taken into account how people actually use an extractor – the...

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English Joint Stool: Turning Fun

One of my favorite projects from “No BS Woodworking” is the English joint stool (check out the brand new DVD right here). It’s a fun project that is fairly easy to build and it’s a great place to showcase some nicely figured wood.The project is based on a period example that came into my shop for...

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The Uffy TH-T-1825XP 18 Gauge Brad Nailer

Part of my job at Popular Woodworking Magazine is to talk with tool manufacturers and get their newest innovations into the PWM shop to test and review. I tend to do things in a big way, which means I have a small mountain of things to review crowding the shop, my cubicle and the...

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Carve Like a Master

Very quickly after getting serious about woodworking I realized, if I wanted to make more than simple projects with square or tapered legs, I needed to develop my skills in two major areas beyond joinery. Not that there’s anything wrong with simple forms, but I wanted to push my skills well beyond the boundaries pieces like...

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Design in Practice: Rooms With a View

In researching my next topic for this blog series, I was cruising the Winterthur web site. One of the things I noticed, as I sought various examples of a specific furniture form, was some great room shots from the museum. It dawned on me that these rooms are the epitome of “design in practice.”...