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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.


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...

Scale drawings and models can come in handy in mid-project. With snow on the ground, there's still plenty of time for my Adirondack chair!

Scale Drawings and Models in Mid-project

You usually think of scale drawings and models as the starting point for a project. Before you start milling lumber, cutting pieces and assembling parts, you either draw or buy a scaled plan. Some woodworkers also build a scale model so they can better visualize how parts will go together. But the pre-planning phase...


Spring into Using a Spokeshave

To celebrate the first day of spring, I bought myself a new tool. It wasn’t just an impulse buy. I had reached a sticking point in my Adirondack chair project the night before. Rather than spend any more hours staring at the boards in question, hoping they would change shape on their own, I...


First Workbench – Really First

I’m taking a couple days off in the deep woods (way offline). During this break I thought I’d run one of our most popular “Woodworking Daily” posts of all time – the summary of Robert Lang’s “Shop Box System.” If you have a good eye for cutting diagrams and plan views, you can build...

Biscuit Joinery, Just Because

A young lass I’m trying to impress wants to make a rustic shelf to hold books. She wants it to look and function sort of like a small bench. In other words, there’s no casework involved. The shelf would rest on a metal frame on the floor. Rather than buy a wide, somewhat expensive...


Build an Outdoor Chair from a Quick-start Plan

I’m taking a couple days off in the deep woods (way offline). During this break I thought I’d run one of our most popular “Woodworking Daily” posts of all time – the quick-start project plan for David Thiel’s Outdoor Limbert Chair. If you haven’t already started an Adirondack chair this spring, or if you...

I recently learned how to draw an S-shaped curve, or cyma curve. So the recent article on other uses for this curve in design really delighted me!

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I don’t often squeal with delight while at work. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my work. I get a lot of satisfaction out of woodworking, hanging out with woodworkers and even highlighting the products you see here on the blog. (Commerce can be a good thing.) But at the end of the day,...

Learn how to build a library (the wood kind) while building your library (the paper kind).

How to Build a Library, Literally

Most of our readers have long since moved on from built-ins, and I have started to move on too, but it never hurts to circle back to some basics. If you’re like a lot of woodworkers, you got inspired to build fine furniture by first learning how to build a library and other built-in...