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.

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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...

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More on Buying and Using Lumber

You can never get too many perspectives on this topic. Everything we do as woodworkers starts with the substrate, the wood itself. I caught up with Ron Herman this week to discuss his approach to selecting and using lumber. Ron is releasing a new video with Popular Woodworking, “The Woodworker’s Guide to Wood,” based on...

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Not Just a Stuffed Dove

What’s really fascinating about this “Woodwright’s Shop” video excerpt is the way Roy Underhill expands the definition of dovetails and dovetailing. Woodworkers can get into a rut thinking only about through dovetails and half-blinds. But what makes a dovetail a dovetail is not just the look of the pins and tails on the corner...

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“Playing” the Saw

In this 2-part, free video playlist, you get to see a range of ideas and techniques from two terrific instructors. First, Jeff Miller introduces you to the concept of audible feedback during your work at the bench – some might call it “playing” the saw (or handplane). You can learn a lot from the...

Greene & Greene furniture often features the "cloud lift" seen in the central pane of this cabinet door.

Greene & Greene Furniture – Start Here

In the 15 years Dale Barnard has been making Greene & Greene furniture for clients, the style has experienced an explosion in popularity. Today woodworkers and informed furniture buyers recognize and love the look that Charles and Henry Greene pioneered, but Dale says that when he first spoke with a customer about it, “No...

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Winner, winner …

Kevin Reagan of Springfield, Missouri, is the winner of our Popular Woodworking Magazine 3-year subscription drawing. Congratulations, Kevin! I asked what he’ll be doing over the next 3 years in his shop, and Kevin replied: I enjoy turning things on my mini wood lathe or cutting up stock on my dad’s old table saw. My current...