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.


Inlaid Dovetail Box

Boxes make great gifts and are extremely useful, but they can be decorative as well. If you’ve been reading woodworking magazines for any length of time at all you know just about everyone has a dozen articles on dovetailing. It’s a great way to make a box, and it can be a decorative focal...


Diablo General Purpose & Crosscut Finish Blades

by Chuck Bender page 16 In recent years, Freud’s Diablo brand has become synonymous with high quality, high tech, reasonably priced circular saw blades; these new blades should only enhance that reputation. The D1040X (general purpose) and D1090X (fine crosscut) blades feature unique grind angles on the teeth. Both are alternating-top-bevel blades, but they...

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Design in Practice: Stylin’

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the roots of Arts & Crafts furniture and, in the comments, reference was made to “what makes a particular furniture style?” From the first time I took a class trip to Colonial Williamsburg (it was the Bicentennial…everyone went to Williamsburg, right?) I was drawn to period furniture – I didn’t...

Photo courtesy Yale University Art Gallery

Furniture Details: Yep, Philly Wins Again

Last Friday I talked about through mortise-and-tenon joinery in 18th century chairs in my post “Furniture Details: Why Philadelphia is Just Better.” In the post I mentioned through mortises are not the only differences between Philadelphia chairs and chairs from other regions. This week I wanted to discuss another difference – seat construction. I’m not...

Pumping up the Senco crew before the event.

Senco Event Wrap-up

Last week’s Senco event here in the workshop at Popular Woodworking Magazine was a blast! If you missed it then you missed seeing, learning about and trying the best new tools Senco has to offer this year. The Senco crew came out in force to introduce readers to their products. We had not just...

Photo courtesy H.L. Chalfant Antiques

Furniture Details: Why Philadelphia is Just Better

Short of that stint living in Anchorage (yep, Alaska) from birth until I was about 2 years old, and the last seven months or so living in the Cincinnati area, I’ve lived the vast majority of my life outside of Philadelphia. You might be thinking that is the singular reason for the title of...


Last Call

As the time draws near, a couple of spots have opened for the Senco event here at Popular Woodworking Magazine. They are bringing in their newest pinner, the 21LXP (which won’t even be available to dealers at the time of the event) for you to try, along with lots of other new products. Senco...


Ten Days to Senco

Including today, there are 10 days left until Senco descends upon the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop. Ten days left for you to register for the event so you have a shot at winning some cool new tools and an exclusive tour of the Senco factory with the editors of PWM and American Woodworker. If the thought of...