Author Archives: Dan Farnbach

Dan Farnbach

About Dan Farnbach

Dan apprenticed and worked in two professional shops during the years after college. But sweeping shop floors only goes so far toward learning woodworking. These days Dan is online editor for Popular Woodworking, and is learning new skills every day. He divides his time between Boston and Maine.

What is shellac?

What is Shellac?

This 11-minute video excerpt, featuring the one and only Don Williams, is a fairly complete answer to a common question – what is shellac? I say “fairly complete” because the video generated a couple follow-up questions in my mind. Fortunately, there’s WIA – our annual woodworking conference. Don spoke for 4 hours at the...

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Like Riding a Bike

Our next online course in Popular Woodworking University is a 1-hour, live web seminar with one of the hardest-working educators in our network. Bill Rainford is a North Bennet Street School graduate, traditional joiner, restoration carpenter and, as of this week, first-time father. He’ll be presenting to our audience on a topic he knows...

The 1 Plan Every Woodworker has Overlooked

Shop floor plans, furniture project plans, woodworking business plans and – most important during summer – vacation plans. Woodworkers are planners. The craft relies on our uncanny ability to envision something that doesn’t exist yet, then bring it into existence by sticking with the scheme and seeing it through to completion. So I ask...

Supercharge Your Brain and Shop with 5S

It has been my pleasure over the last several weeks to help Steve Johnson develop content for his new video series with Popular Woodworking University, “More Space and Time in Your Shop.” This 19-day online course is totally revolutionary – not because the concept is new (it’s actually quite old), but for the way...

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Tangible Assets

Like most woodworkers, I got interested in the craft because I like producing real things – tangible additions to my environment. That’s also why I got into the book and magazine world. I like the feel of a room that contains books and magazines, and the visible effect printed words have on people’s behaviors...

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What’s Your (Bench) Style?

There are almost as many workbench types in existence as there are woodworkers. Many of the examples on our website, like the one Roy Underhill displays in the above video excerpt, are variations on the Roubo workbench. I’ve seen some pretty awesome portable bench varieties, such as the Paulk bench, elsewhere on the web....

Rob Millard's Pembroke table plans, showing a detailed view of the knuckle joint on the leaves.

Pembroke Table Plans – A Little History, a lot of Fun

Rob Millard knows a little about furniture history. But what I discovered in talking with Rob last week is that he knows even more about enjoying the craft. Rob makes authentic reproduction furniture with a minimum of fuss, employing some innovative and simple tactics. Here’s our interview. Dan: What’s the history of the Pembroke...