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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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.”...

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Furniture Details: Here’s What’s New

In Friday’s “Furniture Details” post I tossed out a photo of a Newport dressing table (or lowboy if you prefer), but shot from below. The idea was to get you looking at not only how the piece was made but how things had been repaired/replaced over time. I made the post into a little...

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Furniture Details: What’s New?

In order to know, and understand, how things were made in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries you’ve got to spend a lot of time on the floor (no Bender jokes, please). Looking at pieces from the top down, or outside in, only gives you a small part of the picture. And that’s why...

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An 18th Century Rarity in Use

John Sindelar, owner of the famous Sindelar Tool Museum, posted a link today from the European Woodworking Show that showed a cornice, or crown moulding, plane in action. I thought it was worth posting here because you see the planes everywhere but seldom see them in use. Thanks to John for bringing it to my...

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Furniture Details: Decorative Mouldings With Bite

When most people think about adding something to enhance crown mouldings on pieces of furniture, they turn instantly to dentil moulding. It’s easy to make because of the repetitive cuts, and you can jig it up on a table saw in mere minutes (it uses the same jig as a box joint – learn how to make...

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Design in Practice: Stylin’ Finis?

In the last installment I got to Chippendale furniture but I didn’t cover all the changes that took place. The cabriole leg was actually on its way out in terms of fashion (in England, at least). Chippendale included many designs for pieces with straight, or Marlboro, legs in his “Gentleman’s and Cabinetmaker’s Director”. Some...