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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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“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...

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Win our “Essential Woodshop Value Pack”

The “Woodworking Daily” 3-year magazine subscription contest has ended, and today a new contest begins. Since it’s finally spring, we thought of a good idea that has to do with spring cleaning. What are your best tips for shop clean-up and organization? Tell us in the comments section! We’ll read all the comments on...

The tool list for building these chairs is short and sweet.

Alternative Tool List for the Adirondack Chair Project

OK, they’re done. Total materials cost (2 chairs): $107. For me, building the Adirondack chairs was a nice 2-month journey through several new skills and a larger knowledge base. I feel ready to tackle some more difficult furniture projects this summer. But as I worked through the plans, it occurred to me that we...

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A Guided Tour of all our Woodworking Videos

We are adding a significant chunk of video content to our line-up over the next year or so. We are also planning to overhaul and organize the video content that’s already in place, so that discovery of all our outstanding video instruction will be easier and more intuitive! Yes, it can be done –...

Joseph Moxon invented this style of vise. He also predicted the future of woodworking, if you ask me.

Moxon – Soothsayer?

Most of us know Joseph Moxon as the author of “Mechanick Exercises” – a now-famous early work on everything from joinery to smithing. He also invented a vise that sits higher than your typical twin-screw and helps for cutting dovetails by hand. Christopher Schwarz helped bring both of these works – the book and...

Mike Siemsen's hand tool school is a terrific place to improve your skills. Photo credit: Arlo Siemsen.

Hand Tool School – Q&A with Mike Siemsen

I caught up last week with Mike Siemsen, a professional woodworker and woodworking instructor in Minnnesota. Mike’s hand tool school is known far and wide as a practical and fun place to learn hand tool skills that can make you a better woodworker. But Mike’s expertise goes a lot farther than that. Here’s our conversation,...

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Making Things

I’m into making things. I always have been. That interest may very well place me in the majority of human beings alive today – not to mention throughout history. But interest is one thing and skills are another. So is activity level, or having the time and energy for doing the work. It’s those...